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Budi Sudarto

Budi Sudarto

Founder, Director, Trainer & Consultant
Pronoun: They/Them

Budi has been an active member of Melbourne's lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, and queer (LGBTIQ) community since their arrival to Australia in 1998. Budi completed a Master degree in Sociology from Monash University, exploring the intersections between ethnicity and sexuality. Budi has a professional experience as a sexual health educator, a peer facilitator, a community educator, and a researcher. 

Budi continues to use their passion, analytical skills and curiosity to explore and reflect on inclusion and belonging by addressing power dynamics that influence workplace system and culture. Budi uses their skills and knowledge to assist individuals and organisations to reflect on power and privilege, intersectionality, and intersectional leaderships. 


  • Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE40110)

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Adult Education), Monash University, Australia.

  • Master of Arts (Research) in Sociology, Monash University, Australia. 

  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Monash University, Australia.

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli, AM

Researcher, Trainer & Consultant

Pronoun: She/Her

Dr Maria Pallotta-Chiarolli has gained national and international recognition as a writer, qualitative researcher, educator, trainer and seminar facilitator, consultant and community advocate and ally in the issues of cultural diversity, gender diversity, sexual diversity, family diversity, HIV/AIDS, and social diversity. Maria is internationally renowned for successfully working with marginalised, vulnerable, sensitive and “hard-to-reach” communities, has conducted multiple qualitative research that implement decolonialising research practice, as well as a longstanding ally to the LGBTIQ communities. 

Maria is the recipient of GLOBE Straight Ally of the Year Award, in 2018, and honoured with an AM in 2022 in recognition of her allyship and work with multicultural and multifaith LGBTIQA+ communities. 


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Social Sciences), University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Master of Arts (Gender Studies), University of Adelaide, South Australia.

  • Gradudate Diploma of Arts (Gender Studies), University of South Australia, South Australia.

  • Diploma of Education in English and Humanities, University of Adelaide, South Australia. 

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Adelaide, South Australia. 


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