Belinda Duarte (née Jakiel) was born and raised in Ballarat, Victoria. She is a descendant of the Wotjobaluk people and also has Celtic and Polish origins. Most recently, Belinda was the Inaugural Director of the Korin Gamadji Institute at Richmond Football Club, where she led the establishment of the institute’s programs across its industry partners to create pathways that enable young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians to excel. In 2012 she was acknowledged for her work in the AFL industry and awarded Football Woman of the Year.
Belinda has a strong track record in cross-sectoral engagement and a depth of experience in senior roles and governance – from voluntary, Aboriginal controlled, not-for-profit through to statutory bodies. She holds a range of positions including as Co-Chair of Reconciliation Victoria, Advisory Board Member of the Koori Youth Council, Panel Member of the Premier’s Jobs & Investment Panel, Director of Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Director of WasteAid, and Member of the Victorian Regional Churchill Fellowship Committee. As a qualified teacher, Belinda has also worked in education, training and community development.
Belinda has made a lifelong commitment to activating change that will have a sustainable social impact on the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people and the broader Australian community.