Malachi Murljacic is a proud Kunja and Croatian-Australian man. He is based on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country in Canberra. His mob are from north-west New South Wales (NSW) and south-west Queensland (QLD). However, he was born off-Country on Wandi-Wandandian Country, Yuin Nation in Nowra NSW, and later moved and was raised on Kaurna plains Country in Gawler, South Australia.
Malachi spent the early part of his career on Ngunnawal and Ngambri Country in Canberra. Malachi has lived, studied, and worked with and alongside international Indigenous peoples in Fiji, Turtle Island and Asia in the area’s Indigenous social entrepreneurship, international relations, and community development. After the completion of his Bachelor of Business (Major in Entrepreneurial Management), Malachi commenced a career working in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander policy and programs, within Indigenous Affairs.
Malachi is passionate about all things Blak, and spends most of his spare time in the bush, walking, hiking, or riding mountain bikes.
Rona is a proud Kaytetye woman from Central Australia who works with high impact organisations to create systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and solutions.
Rona is the founder of Common Ground and brings 7 years of professional experience working across First Nations organisations and not for profits. Rona was previously the Director of First Nations at YLab, a social enterprise that puts young people with diverse lived experiences at the centre of designing and developing innovative and impactful solutions to complex social issues. Over her career, Rona has worked in policy at the Central Land Council, the Research Unit for Indigenous Languages at the University of Melbourne, Reconciliation Victoria, and the Foundation for Young Australians.In 2020, Rona was a finalist for the Victorian Young Achiever awards, was awarded a Westpac Social Change Fellowship. In 2019 Rona won a Diana Award and was named a 'Woman of the Future' by Women's Weekly.Through her work with First Nations communities across Australia, Rona aims to create future systems that centre First Nations people, knowledge and cultures.Rona currently resides in Mpartnwe on Arrernte Country.