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Vedran Drakulic OAM

Vedran was elected President of ISS Australia in November 2013.

He has been the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy since December 2011. Gandel Philanthropy has been the Gandel family’s vehicle for philanthropic activities for decades and today is one of the largest family philanthropic organisations in Australia. It provides charitable grants in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and medical research, Jewish identity and leadership, youth at risk and indigenous programs.

Prior to this Vedran was General Manager of Public Affairs for RACV, responsible for corporate and media communications, internal communications and events, RoyalAuto magazine, corporate planning and the RACV’s community engagement programs, the Sir Edmund Herring Scholarship Program and the RACV Community Foundation.

Vedran spent many years working in the not for profit sector. He spent more than a decade working in a variety of roles with the Red Cross Movement, including with the International Red Cross in Bosnia and Switzerland, and Australian Red Cross. He also managed communications for Oxfam Australia, including during the landmark “Close the Gap” campaign calling for Indigenous health equality.

Vedran is an Australia Day Ambassador (since 2010), a member of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit Advisory Board at the University of Melbourne, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Gandel Holocaust Studies Program for Australian Educators and a member of the Advisory Panel Board of the 25 Tianic Scholarship Foundation, initiated by alumni of the ANU.

In December 2016, Vedran was recognised as one of Pro Bono Australia’s Impact 25 group of the 25 most influential people in the not for profit and social sectors.

His past Board positions include Vice-President with Volunteer West, Treasurer of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) – Vic Chapter, and membership of the Committee for Melbourne’s Community Engagement Working Group.

Vedran holds a Masters Degree in Public Advocacy and Action from Victoria University. He is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Vedran was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day honours, for “service to the community through a range of charitable organisations”.