Emerging Leader 2006 - 2007
Belinda Duarte (née Jakiel) was an Emerging Leader under the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership in 2006-2007. As a Wotjobaluk person, Belinda is committed to Indigenous issues and the development of Indigenous people.
Based in Victoria, Belinda has a vision of equality across all aspects of living for Indigenous people. As a former elite athlete, Belinda is working on innovative projects to influence the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Victorians and to improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Belinda has held a range of positions of responsibility in government and community organisations – fostering government, business and community relationships.
She is a qualified teacher and previously held the position of Project Manager – National Indigenous Employment Program with AFL SportsReady and was the inaugural Director of the Korin Gamadji Institute, which is based at the Richmond Football Club.
Belinda is the current CEO of Culture is Life which supports and promotes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led solutions to affirm and strengthen culture and to prevent youth suicide.
She has developed a strong track record in cross-sectional engagement and a depth of experience in senior roles and governance, from voluntary, Aboriginal controlled, not-for-profit through to statutory bodies.
In 2012, Belinda was named Football Woman of the Year and noted in Melbourne’s Top 100. She is a committed supporter of young people, community and leadership development, and has a passion for sport.
Belinda currently holds a range of positions including Director of Western Bulldogs, MCG Trustee, Board Member of the AnnaMila Foundation, and Co-Chair of the Atlantic Fellows for Social Equity.
Other significant roles Belinda has held include Board Member of VicHealth; Chairperson of the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation Australia (NASCA); Ambassador of the “Go for your Life” program; Ambassador of ‘Ybblue’: The National Youth Depression initiative; member of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Equalities Council; Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre graduate; State Manager Aboriginal Outreach for the Equal Opportunity Commission Victoria, Board Member of WasteAid, Director of the Wheeler Centre, member of the Victorian Premier’s Jobs and Investment Panel, Deputy Chair Responsible Gambling Victoria, Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria, and member of the Victorian Regional Churchill Fellowship Committee.
In 2020 Belinda was presented with the Parbin-ata Louisa Briggs Award 2020 for making a significant contribution to reconciliation in the community and was also awarded the Chief Executive Women (CEW) and Vincent Fairfax Fellowship.