July 2014 Luncheon

Vedran Drakulic

Vedran Drakulic, CEO Gandel Philanthropy

From Bosnia to North Korea to Australia – perceptions from a Red Cross worker and refugee.

Date:            Friday 4th July 2014

TIme:            12:30 p.m. for 12:40 p.m.

Venue:          Kelvin Club in Melbourne Place

Vedran has been the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy since December 2011. Gandel Philanthropy has been the vehicle for philanthropic activities of the Gandel family for decades and today it is one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia.

Prior to this Vedran was General Manager of Public Affairs of RACV, responsible for the organisation’s corporate and media communications, internal communications and events, the RoyalAuto magazine, corporate planning, as well as the overall RACV community engagement programs, the Sir Edmund Herring Scholarship Program and the RACV Community Foundation.

Vedran spent a long period of time working in the not for profit sector. He spent more than a decade working in a variety of roles with the Red Cross Movement, including with the International Red Cross in Bosnia and Switzerland, and Australian Red Cross, both in Australia and in a number of its field operations, including East Timor and the Tsunami response.

Vedran is also the President of the International Social Service – Australia, Australia Day Ambassador (since 2010), a member of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit Advisory Board at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators and a member of the Advisory Panel Board of the 25 Tianic Scholarship Foundation, initiated by alumni of the ANU.

His past Board positions include Vice-President with Volunteer West, Treasurer of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) – Vic Chapter, and membership of the Committee for Melbourne’s Community Engagement Working Group.

Vedran holds a Masters Degree in Public Advocacy and Action from Victoria University. He is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.