Rottannah Pasi


Rottannah is a Meuriam woman based on Mer (Murray Island) in the Torres Strait. Rottannah works for the local Torres Strait Islander Regional Council. She is an island coordinator for the Happy Boxes Project and has run a give away to support women on her island to receive free feminine hygiene and beauty products as a way to reduce the effects of high cost of living on women. She is now working to support a woman on Erub to become a Happy Boxes coordinator as well. Rottannah is an advocate for her community and is an inspiring young leader on her island. In her free time she captures the beauty of Mer and surrounding islands.

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Wiradjuri, Ngemba & Paakantji

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.