SSI CEO, Violet Roumeliotis, recognised early the need for a unique approach to supporting refugee entrepreneurship. Her extensive knowledge, experience and leadership of large not-for-profit organisations providing services to CALD and refugee communities, and a fortuitous meeting with Dr Ernesto Sirolli, provided the catalyst for the creation of Ignite Small Business Start Ups.
Violet was recently named one of AFR’s Top 100 Women of Influence for 2018 in the category of Diversity & Inclusion. She has twice been named on Pro Bono Australia’s list of the 25 most influential people in the not-for-profit sector and was awarded the title of Community Fellow from Western Sydney University for outstanding service to the community in 2017. She holds the title of Telstra Australian Business Woman of the Year.
“My parents instilled in me a deep belief that every person should have the right to meet their full potential, to live the life they want to live, and to be treated fairly and with dignity.”
–Violet Roumeliotis, October 2018