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Fadzi Whande is a Diversity and Inclusion Strategist, currently working as the Principle Consultant Workforce Diversety at the Public Sector Commission.


In January 2018 she became an Australia Day Ambassador for Western Australia, she sits on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Western Australia, and is the Founding Director of the Whande Group, a diversity consultancy and program development organisation specialising in global diversity.

She holds an Executive Masters of Business Administration and a Post Graduate Certificate in Social Impact.

One thing that is universal across the places I have lived or worked is the sense of belonging that most people want.

- Fadzi Whande

Fadzi Whande
Photographer: Nathon Webber 


Fadzi was born in Zimbabwe and lives in
Perth, Western Australia.

Fadzi would like to see a world where every
person not only feels included, but is given
equal access to opportunity and where
we all work together to remove the barriers
of social disadvantage.

As Founder and Director of Whande Group,
Fadzi’s work primarily focuses on capacity
building and leadership development that
addresses systemic and institutionalised
barriers held towards historically
under-represented groups.

In 2018, she was a finalist for 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 someone who has been labelled
a minority all her life because of gender
and race, Fadzi has fought to have her
voice heard.

She believes no person should be made
to feel that they are less important or have
their voice silenced because of who they
are. Inclusion should not be a right afforded
to some and seen as a privilege to be given
to some.

In order to create a more accepting society
of differences, we need to change our ways
so that socially constructed words such as
‘the other’ do not exist.

“ In order to engage with each other we need
to become more socially conscious of the
lived experience of others. Allowing multiple
perspectives broadens our awareness and
the ability to create a sense of belonging
in the spaces we are operating in. This will
allow us to engage, sustain and deepen
our dialogue with each other.”

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