Wesa Chau

Wesa is CEO of Cultural Intelligence and passionate about helping organisations harness the power of cultural diversity.

Her career experience ranges from working with migrants, international students and refugees, through to media and communications for diverse audiences, advocacy for multiculturalism and research on diversity and leadership. She was the founder of Australian Federation of International Students in 2002 and grew the organisation to service 8000 students during her tenure. Her role was  instrumental in helping to establish the International Student Care Service (predecessor to Study Melbourne). She has also held a senior manager position in the disability sector.

Wesa has received several awards for her contribution in the Multicultural and international students areas. In 2016 she was awarded the prestigious Victorian International Education Internationalisation Award in recognition of her work with international students for more than a decade. In 2013 she was the Australian Leadership Awardee from ADC Forum and named Young Victorian of the Year in 2010. In 2006 she received the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s Award for Excellence in Service Delivery to Multicultural Victoria.

Wesa also received the inaugural Scanlon-Swinburne Intercultural Fellowship and travelled to India and Malaysia to work with academics and government officials to better understand cultural diversity, diaspora and alumni networks in India and Malaysia.

Her tertiary education encompasses Engineering, Marketing, Law, Management and Governance. She is a current PhD candidate researching political skills and has a certificate IV in TAE.