Meet Our Founder
Diversity & Inclusion Strategist |Best Selling Author |Award Winning Social Justice Advocate
Fadzi Whande is a Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategist and has extensive experience in community development and social justice as a speaker, trainer, consultant, facilitator, and activist. Her background ranges from launching telecommunication networks to addressing financial literacy, unemployment, social disadvantage, poverty, and gender inequality. Fadzi has worked with Government, Business and Not for Profit sectors in Africa, United Kingdom, USA and Australia.
A champion for encouraging dialogue as a means of embracing multiple perspectives, Fadzi is a skilled facilitator in the areas of unconscious bias, gender inclusive leadership, racial equity and social justice. In 2018 Fadzi was a finalist for the Western Australian of the Year and appointed an Australia Day Ambassador by the National Australia Day Committee for engaging and inspiring social and cultural inclusion.
As Founder and Director of Whande Group, her work primarily focuses on capacity building and leadership development that addresses systemic and institutionalised barriers held towards historically underrepresented groups.
Over the course of her career she has been the recipient of various awards and accolades including being a member of the 2015 UN Women Australia’s delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Later that year in partnership with the US Embassy and US based Pacific Educational Group (PEG), Fadzi facilitated the ground-breaking ‘Racially Conscious Law Enforcement ‘program with law enforcement agencies and Government departments in Western Australia. As a result, Fadzi was awarded the 2016 International Racial Equity Leadership Award in the USA. Other awards include honorary membership of the GoldenKey International Society, 2016 Australian Human Rights, ‘Racism it Stops With Me’ Award finalist, 2014 National Community Ambassador Award and being named a 2013 People of Australia Ambassador.
Fadzi is a sought after dynamic and engaging speaker both locally and internationally. As a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusion, she also volunteers as the National Human Rights Program Manager for the United Nations Association of Australia and sits on the Board of Directors for Volunteering WA, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance, Diversity Committees for White Ribbon and the Australian Computer Society, Western Australian Police Multicultural Women’s Advisory Group and is an Ambassador for the philanthropic 100 Women.
Driven by her personal experiences, and motivated by a sense of responsibility, Fadzi established a mentoring program, Sofa Sunday, for young women from diverse backgrounds to help them develop leadership and interpersonal skills. Fadzi has also co-authored a book, Beyond the Scars, in which she shares her story of overcoming adversity, with the aim of cultivating a spirit of triumph for those facing similar challenges.
In 2017 Fadzi was selected to participate in the HIVE Global Leadership Program held at Harvard Medical School and the Leadership WA Signature Program where she was voted valedictorian. She holds an Executive Master in Business Administration and Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from the University of Western Australia.
Fadzi is the proud mom to two adolescent boys and currently resides in Perth, Western Australia.