Simon Jovanovic, member of the Walbunja nation of the far south coast New South Wales, is a Thought Leader in Aboriginal employment policy research and practice. Simon is of Aboriginal and Serbian heritage.
Presently the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Byamee Institute an Indigenous owned company, specialising in influencing effective employment policy development for government, private enterprise and Indigenous business.
Simon’s expertise working in Aboriginal affairs and the Indigenous sector has developed a strong business acumen and commercial drive to lead and manage growth and change for Aboriginal workforce’s and organisations.
Currently a PhD Candidate at Macquarie University, based with the Department of Indigenous Studies, Simon worked in Aboriginal Identified positions across the New South Wales Government from 2009 to 2018, providing advice and support for Aboriginal programs and services.
Simon has successfully attained undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Indigenous studies; business management; human resources; adult education; vocational education and training; social sciences; and public sector management.
A member of the National Congress of Australia’s First People, Gandangarra Local Aboriginal Land Council, Batemans Bay Local Aboriginal Land Council and Redfern Aboriginal Corporation, Simon is an advocate and ambassador for the economic development and advancement of Australian First Peoples.