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Emmagness Ruzvidzo - Chief Strategist

Emmagness Ruzvidzo

Chief Strategist

Emmagness Ruzvidzo’s journey from Harare, Zimbabwe, to Australia is defined by passion, empowerment, and a drive to create positive change. As the chief strategist and co-founder of the magazine, she brings her unique perspective and extensive experience to the forefront.

Em migrated to Australia in 2017, seeking a brighter future for herself and her family. Australia’s promise of diversity drew them in, but once settled, Em recognised the gaps in positive representation and leadership opportunities for individuals like herself. This realisation ignited her passion to amplify the stories of skilled migrant professionals.

At the heart of her role is strategic leadership. Em leads her passionate and empowered team to produce editions that resonate deeply with skilled migrant professionals in Australia. Her keen understanding of community dynamics and her ability to listen to both her team and the wider community allow her to curate content that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of her audience.

Em’s journey has had its challenges. She transitioned from being the head of brand and marketing for a global Fortune 500 company to establishing her own marketing and coaching consultancy. As an empowerment coach, she draws from her own migration experience to guide others through personal and professional obstacles. Through her leadership at VAKA Consulting, advisory role with the African Professionals of Australia, and numerous speaking engagements, she fosters resilience, confidence, and growth in individuals and businesses alike.

Emmagness’s dedication to a diverse and empowered Australia is the driving force behind her work. She envisions a society where the richness of every individual’s journey is celebrated and shared, and where success stories aren’t confined to a specific mould.

At her core, Emmagness is captivated by stories. She believes that each person’s narrative contributes to the intricate tapestry that defines Australia’s diversity. Having navigated her own challenges, she understands the importance of mentorship and guidance, and she is determined to be the guiding light that she wished she had when starting her Australian journey.

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Sandra Taylor - Chief Editor

Sandra Taylor

Chief Editor

As chief editor of Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine, Sandra Taylor provides a guiding force, with an unwavering dedication to empowerment and the celebration of diversity.

Born overseas herself, Sandra’s journey has granted her insights into the challenges and victories that mark the path of a skilled migrant. Her enthusiasm for the magazine’s mission to empower skilled migrant professionals in Australia reflects her commitment to fostering success within the community.

Sandra’s professional journey has allowed her to cultivate expertise across multiple domains including marketing, human resources, and various facets of business and communication. Her experience at high profile organisations such as McDonald’s Australia Limited, QUT, and TUH Health Fund has endowed her with a deep understanding of Australian society, organisational dynamics, content curation, and audience engagement. Leveraging this knowledge, Sandra aspires to create a resource that imparts valuable insights and resonates with skilled migrants.

Collaborating closely with the creative team, Sandra shapes compelling content that informs, inspires, and uplifts readers, all with the goal of making Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine a trusted source of reliable information, professional development and personal growth.

Sandra strongly believes that stories of individuals’ journeys, struggles, and achievements have the power to resonate with others on a deeply emotional level. Sharing the experiences of skilled migrant professionals who have overcome hurdles to make significant contributions  instils a sense of pride and serves as a source of inspiration for others. She encourages all to embrace diversity, celebrate resilience, and cultivate a thriving community fueled by the collective strength of skilled migrant professionals.

Em migrated to Australia in 2017, seeking a brighter future for herself and her family. Australia’s promise of diversity drew them in, but once settled, Em recognised the gaps in positive representation and leadership opportunities for individuals like herself. This realisation ignited her passion to amplify the stories of skilled migrant professionals.

At the heart of her role is strategic leadership. Em leads her passionate and empowered team to produce editions that resonate deeply with skilled migrant professionals in Australia. Her keen understanding of community dynamics and her ability to listen to both her team and the wider community allow her to curate content that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of her audience.

Em’s journey has had its challenges. She transitioned from being the head of brand and marketing for a global Fortune 500 company to establishing her own marketing and coaching consultancy. As an empowerment coach, she draws from her own migration experience to guide others through personal and professional obstacles. Through her leadership at VAKA Consulting, advisory role with the African Professionals of Australia, and numerous speaking engagements, she fosters resilience, confidence, and growth in individuals and businesses alike.

Emmagness’s dedication to a diverse and empowered Australia is the driving force behind her work. She envisions a society where the richness of every individual’s journey is celebrated and shared, and where success stories aren’t confined to a specific mould.

At her core, Emmagness is captivated by stories. She believes that each person’s narrative contributes to the intricate tapestry that defines Australia’s diversity. Having navigated her own challenges, she understands the importance of mentorship and guidance, and she is determined to be the guiding light that she wished she had when starting her Australian journey.

Orode Cyndi Eke-Okoro - Chief Advertising Executive

Orode Cyndi Eke-Okoro

Chief Advertising Executive

As Chief Advertising Executive, Orode Cyndi Eke-Okoro, brings her skills at collaboration and fostering relationships with organisations and partners to the Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine team.

Throughout her journey and diverse experiences, Orode has witnessed the exceptional potential of skilled migrant communities. With a deep understanding of the challenges skilled migrants often face in harnessing their talents due to various barriers, Orode is committed to creating opportunities for every individual to thrive. This commitment finds expression in the platform provided by Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine, which celebrates their stories, experiences, and expertise.

Orode’s aim extends beyond showcasing success stories; it encompasses the establishment of a nurturing ecosystem that fosters learning, collaboration, and advancement. She aims to inspire and educate the broader community, illuminating the enriching contributions these professionals bring to society.

Orode’s personal experience with migration fuels her commitment to facilitating smoother transitions and harnessing the potential within diverse communities. With a law degree and a diploma in Community Services, Orode is a skilled communicator and effective community builder. She also serves as the President of the African Professionals of Australia.

With a passion for adventure, travel, and culinary exploration, Orode embodies a zest for life. Exploring and understanding different cultures resonates with her love for exploration and connection.

Orode aspires to have her contributions serve as beacons of hope and practical guidance, reminding individuals that they are not alone on their journeys. For her, the magazine serves as a conduit for sharing insights, triumphs over challenges, and strategies for navigating the complex landscape of professional growth in a new country. As readers journey through its pages, Orode encourages forging connections, sparking inspiration, and amplifying the collective voice.

She believes that, through collective efforts, lives, communities, and the nation that opens its arms are positively impacted.

Born overseas herself, Sandra’s journey has granted her insights into the challenges and victories that mark the path of a skilled migrant. Her enthusiasm for the magazine’s mission to empower skilled migrant professionals in Australia reflects her commitment to fostering success within the community.

Sandra’s professional journey has allowed her to cultivate expertise across multiple domains including marketing, human resources, and various facets of business and communication. Her experience at high profile organisations such as McDonald’s Australia Limited, QUT, and TUH Health Fund has endowed her with a deep understanding of Australian society, organisational dynamics, content curation, and audience engagement. Leveraging this knowledge, Sandra aspires to create a resource that imparts valuable insights and resonates with skilled migrants.

Collaborating closely with the creative team, Sandra shapes compelling content that informs, inspires, and uplifts readers, all with the goal of making Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine a trusted source of reliable information, professional development and personal growth.

Sandra strongly believes that stories of individuals’ journeys, struggles, and achievements have the power to resonate with others on a deeply emotional level. Sharing the experiences of skilled migrant professionals who have overcome hurdles to make significant contributions  instils a sense of pride and serves as a source of inspiration for others. She encourages all to embrace diversity, celebrate resilience, and cultivate a thriving community fueled by the collective strength of skilled migrant professionals.

Em migrated to Australia in 2017, seeking a brighter future for herself and her family. Australia’s promise of diversity drew them in, but once settled, Em recognised the gaps in positive representation and leadership opportunities for individuals like herself. This realisation ignited her passion to amplify the stories of skilled migrant professionals.

At the heart of her role is strategic leadership. Em leads her passionate and empowered team to produce editions that resonate deeply with skilled migrant professionals in Australia. Her keen understanding of community dynamics and her ability to listen to both her team and the wider community allow her to curate content that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of her audience.

Em’s journey has had its challenges. She transitioned from being the head of brand and marketing for a global Fortune 500 company to establishing her own marketing and coaching consultancy. As an empowerment coach, she draws from her own migration experience to guide others through personal and professional obstacles. Through her leadership at VAKA Consulting, advisory role with the African Professionals of Australia, and numerous speaking engagements, she fosters resilience, confidence, and growth in individuals and businesses alike.

Emmagness’s dedication to a diverse and empowered Australia is the driving force behind her work. She envisions a society where the richness of every individual’s journey is celebrated and shared, and where success stories aren’t confined to a specific mould.

At her core, Emmagness is captivated by stories. She believes that each person’s narrative contributes to the intricate tapestry that defines Australia’s diversity. Having navigated her own challenges, she understands the importance of mentorship and guidance, and she is determined to be the guiding light that she wished she had when starting her Australian journey.

Stacey Joseph - Creative Director / Designer

Stacey Joseph

Creative Director / Designer

Stacey Joseph has dedicated her career to creating meaningful impact through design. Her alignment with the mission of Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine (SMP) echoes her commitment to driving positive change.

Originally from Zimbabwe, Stacey witnessed firsthand the challenges and triumphs her parents faced starting anew and redefining their careers upon migrating to Australia, This personal connection fuels her dedication to the magazine. Through this platform, she aspires to provide the guidance, advice, and empowerment that every migrant arriving in Australia deserves.

With over 17 years experience in the design industry, Stacey has finely honed her skills in elevating brands. Her career has spanned a diverse range of sectors, from design agencies to television news, FMCG, tourism, and the social sector. She’s even established her own design studio – Sama Creative.

As Creative Director Stacy delivers strategic creative solutions for both the SMP brand and magazine. Her expertise lies in crafting compelling visual solutions that magnify brand impact across both print and digital domains. Her commitment transcends design; it permeates the essence of teamwork and collaboration. A firm believer in the power of teamwork, she lends unwavering support to the team to amplify SMP’s mission.

Exploring different cultures occupies a special place in Stacey’s heart;  it celebrates unique experiences and forges unity in the differences.

”It’s not just content – it’s a celebration of what makes us, and me, feel connected and alive.“

Her hope is for every individual to feel acknowledged and heard, fostering an environment where goals and dreams are realised. In this collective journey, no one stands alone and Stacey hopes to foster a community and network that helps people thrive and succeed.

Throughout her journey and diverse experiences, Orode has witnessed the exceptional potential of skilled migrant communities. With a deep understanding of the challenges skilled migrants often face in harnessing their talents due to various barriers, Orode is committed to creating opportunities for every individual to thrive. This commitment finds expression in the platform provided by Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine, which celebrates their stories, experiences, and expertise.

Orode’s aim extends beyond showcasing success stories; it encompasses the establishment of a nurturing ecosystem that fosters learning, collaboration, and advancement. She aims to inspire and educate the broader community, illuminating the enriching contributions these professionals bring to society.

Orode’s personal experience with migration fuels her commitment to facilitating smoother transitions and harnessing the potential within diverse communities. With a law degree and a diploma in Community Services, Orode is a skilled communicator and effective community builder. She also serves as the President of the African Professionals of Australia.

With a passion for adventure, travel, and culinary exploration, Orode embodies a zest for life. Exploring and understanding different cultures resonates with her love for exploration and connection.

Orode aspires to have her contributions serve as beacons of hope and practical guidance, reminding individuals that they are not alone on their journeys. For her, the magazine serves as a conduit for sharing insights, triumphs over challenges, and strategies for navigating the complex landscape of professional growth in a new country. As readers journey through its pages, Orode encourages forging connections, sparking inspiration, and amplifying the collective voice.

She believes that, through collective efforts, lives, communities, and the nation that opens its arms are positively impacted.

Born overseas herself, Sandra’s journey has granted her insights into the challenges and victories that mark the path of a skilled migrant. Her enthusiasm for the magazine’s mission to empower skilled migrant professionals in Australia reflects her commitment to fostering success within the community.

Sandra’s professional journey has allowed her to cultivate expertise across multiple domains including marketing, human resources, and various facets of business and communication. Her experience at high profile organisations such as McDonald’s Australia Limited, QUT, and TUH Health Fund has endowed her with a deep understanding of Australian society, organisational dynamics, content curation, and audience engagement. Leveraging this knowledge, Sandra aspires to create a resource that imparts valuable insights and resonates with skilled migrants.

Collaborating closely with the creative team, Sandra shapes compelling content that informs, inspires, and uplifts readers, all with the goal of making Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine a trusted source of reliable information, professional development and personal growth.

Sandra strongly believes that stories of individuals’ journeys, struggles, and achievements have the power to resonate with others on a deeply emotional level. Sharing the experiences of skilled migrant professionals who have overcome hurdles to make significant contributions  instils a sense of pride and serves as a source of inspiration for others. She encourages all to embrace diversity, celebrate resilience, and cultivate a thriving community fueled by the collective strength of skilled migrant professionals.

Em migrated to Australia in 2017, seeking a brighter future for herself and her family. Australia’s promise of diversity drew them in, but once settled, Em recognised the gaps in positive representation and leadership opportunities for individuals like herself. This realisation ignited her passion to amplify the stories of skilled migrant professionals.

At the heart of her role is strategic leadership. Em leads her passionate and empowered team to produce editions that resonate deeply with skilled migrant professionals in Australia. Her keen understanding of community dynamics and her ability to listen to both her team and the wider community allow her to curate content that speaks directly to the needs and aspirations of her audience.

Em’s journey has had its challenges. She transitioned from being the head of brand and marketing for a global Fortune 500 company to establishing her own marketing and coaching consultancy. As an empowerment coach, she draws from her own migration experience to guide others through personal and professional obstacles. Through her leadership at VAKA Consulting, advisory role with the African Professionals of Australia, and numerous speaking engagements, she fosters resilience, confidence, and growth in individuals and businesses alike.

Emmagness’s dedication to a diverse and empowered Australia is the driving force behind her work. She envisions a society where the richness of every individual’s journey is celebrated and shared, and where success stories aren’t confined to a specific mould.

At her core, Emmagness is captivated by stories. She believes that each person’s narrative contributes to the intricate tapestry that defines Australia’s diversity. Having navigated her own challenges, she understands the importance of mentorship and guidance, and she is determined to be the guiding light that she wished she had when starting her Australian journey.

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