Fadzi Whande is an award-winning Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and Social Justice Advocate.She brings extensive expertise in racial equity to the Symmetra team. Her work primarily focuses on addressing systemic and institutionalised barriers held towards historically underrepresented groups. She has worked across the not for profit, government and business sectors in Africa, Australia, UK and USA.
In 2016, in partnership with the US Embassy, Fadzi facilitated the ground-breaking ‘Courageous Conversation about Race’ program with law enforcement agencies throughout Perth, providing participants with an understanding of how to interact with the State’s diverse communities and to be mindful of the impact of institutionalised racism. As a result of this Fadzi was the recipient of the International Racial Equity Leadership Award in the USA and a finalist for the Australian Human Rights ‘Racism it Stops with me’ award.
Over the course of her career Fadzi has received both international and local recognition for her efforts to champion inclusion and diversity including:
- Australia Day Ambassador
- Fellow of the Duke of Edinburgh, Commonwealth Senior Leaders Program, UK
- 2019 recipient of the Social Impact Award from the Organisation of African Communities
- 2018 Western Australian of the Year finalist
- 2016 recipient of the International Racial Equity Leadership Award, USA
- 2016 Australian Human Rights ‘Racism it Stops with Me’ Award finalist
- 2015 selected as UN Women Australia’s delegate to CSW held at UN Headquarters, NY
- 2014 Community Ambassador Award
- 2012 People of Australia Ambassador
Fadzi is Deputy Chair of the Board of Volunteering WA, Board of Directors for the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance and is an Ambassador for 100 Women. From 2016-2018 volunteered as the National Human Rights Program Manager for the United Nations Association.
Fadzi is an alumna of the Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Senior Leadership Program, HIVE Global Leadership Program and the 2017 Leadership WA Signature Program where she was voted valedictorian. She received an Executive MBA and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of Western Australia.