The Canberra Chapter board consists of seven peer-selected members.
Victor Zalakos, President
Victor Zalakos is the change and comms guy™, a change and communications consultant living in Canberra, Australia. Victor is a passionate agent for change – bringing simplicity and certainty to a changing world. Victor has managed successful change programs for a diverse range of clients in consumer electronics, government, utilities and manufacturing. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s in organisational change and communication. Victor is a pragmatist, optimist, creative thinker and devil’s advocate. His background in engineering, marketing, psychology and business, coupled with boundless enthusiasm, makes him a potent agent for change. Victor is also Chair of IABC’s Policy Review Committee.
Leanne Joyce, Past President
Leanne was President of IABC Canberra from 2013-2016 and has been a member since 2009 when she first attended the IABC World Conference. She is also Past Chair of IABC Asia-Pacific region and continues to play an active role across Australia and APAC.
Leanne has 20 years’ experience in policy and strategic communications roles in the government, not for profit, and corporate sectors. She has skills and qualifications in journalism, public policy, business administration and executive coaching.
Leanne works as a consultant providing strategic advice and on-the-ground support in government relations, media and communications, public policy and advocacy, stakeholder management and reputation management. One of her key current roles is External Relations Adviser for Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a not-for-profit foundation working on antimalarial drugs.
Alison has over 15 years working in public and private sector roles in communication, marketing, stakeholder engagement (specialising in international and industry engagement) and event management roles. She currently works for KPMG Canberra in the People and Change team and works in strategic communication and behavioural change management roles in Government. Alison loves to keep across ‘who’s doing it best’ when it comes to communication and bring these insights into her work. She joined the Board in order to connect with like-minded communication ‘busybodies’ to share, grow and change the communication profession.
Alison is Treasurer to the IABC Canberra Chapter Board.
Michael Liu is a Media and Events Strategist with Dionysus – a cultural development and placemaking consultancy based in NewActon – and manages project-based communications and marketing for a variety of clients such as Molonglo Group, Hindmarsh, In The City Canberra and Australian National University.
Michael has held roles in a variety of industries including sub-editor, media advisor, business development manager and events manager. He is also a professional musician and regularly performs throughout Canberra.
Michael manages events for IABC Canberra.