Leadership Team

The SSI leadership team includes a group of talented and skilled managers who cover a range of strategic and business development roles across the organisation, from humanitarian to disability services to child and family services.

Violet Roumeliotis

Chief Executive Officer
Violet Roumeliotis (AM & GAICD)

· Member of the Order of Australia
· 2017 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and national winner of the For Purpose and Social Enterprise category
· 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence
· 2018 InStyle Women of Style Community Champion

Violet Roumeliotis AM is a social entrepreneur who champions the strengths of our diverse communities. Through her C-suite and board roles, Violet uses innovation and collective impact to promote social justice and inclusion.

She is the CEO of Settlement Services International (SSI), a community organisation and social business that supports newcomers and other vulnerable individuals to achieve their full potential. During her eight years as CEO, Violet has taken SSI from a Sydney-based organisation with 68 staff to an 900-plus workforce that supports more than 37,500 people nationally each year.

Violet is committed to achieving equity, and advancing diversity and inclusion in all forms. In 2020, she was made a member of the Order of Australia for outstanding service to the community. Violet is also a former Telstra Australia Business Woman of the Year, has been named one of AFR’s Top 100 Women of Influence for 2018 in the category of Diversity & Inclusion and was awarded the title of Community Fellow from Western Sydney University for outstanding service to the community.

Violet sits on the board of the Australian Council of Social Service. Her other appointments include the SBS Community Advisory Committee, the NSW Council for Women’s Economic Empowerment, NSW Domestic and Family Violence, and Sexual Assault Council, the Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity, the UTS Business MBA Advisory Group, the Council on Economic Participation for Refugees, the International Metropolis Steering Committee, the Australian Defence Force's Chiefs of Service Committee's diversity and inclusion panel, and the NSW government’s join partnership working group overseeing refugee resettlement.

Violet writes a regular blog here and you can follow her on Twitter @CEO_Roumeliotis.

Peter Zographakis

General Manager,
Commercial and Strategic Ventures
Peter Zographakis (GAICD)

Peter has provided leadership to SSI across a range of functions and currently leads the Strategy & Corporate Development division. His experience traverses strategy, business planning, financial management, corporate governance, sales and marketing, and service delivery. In his current role, Peter is accountable for the Ignite Small Business Start-ups initiative locally and internationally.
Prior to joining SSI in 2012, Peter held a number of senior operational and finance roles in the manufacturing, retail, and service sectors. Peter has also been the owner of a women’s fashion business and managed a multi-site retail business.
Peter has a Master of Professional Accounting, a Master of Business Administration (MBA), and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Yamamah Agha

General Manager,
Newcomers, Settlement and Integration

Yamamah Agha

Yamamah joined SSI in 2011 as the Manager of the Humanitarian Settlement Program gaining extensive experience in team leadership, program management and stakeholder engagement. 

Yamamah Agha leads all of SSI’s Settlement Programs (HSP), which supports newcomers and other vulnerable Australians to prosper. With over 15 years’ experience assisting new arrivals to settle in Australia, Yamamah has a strong passion for delivering social justice to refugees and vulnerable groups in need. She has a particular interest in women's rights, and supporting and empowering refugee women and their families to reach their potential. 

Sonia VignjevicActing General Manager,
Service Delivery - Community
Stephen O'Neill

Stephen has many years of experience in the community care and disability sectors in NSW, with over 35 years in operational and Executive management positions with the Home Care Service of NSW (HCS) and the NSW Department of Ageing Disability and Home Care. Stephen is also a past Chief Operations Officer with SSI leaving SSI in late 2018 and returning recently to act in the General Managers Service Delivery Community role.

His experience encompasses operational management, service and strategic planning, community development, program planning, organisational management and development, consultation at local and regional levels, through to executive management and leadership positions with state-wide responsibilities. Stephen also has considerable experience in working with CALD and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, organisations and communities. 

The Service Delivery Community Division encompasses the program and service areas of Multicultural Foster Care, Partners In the Community Local Area Coordination, Employment Services in NSW, Qld and Victoria and the Clinical Practice Unit.

Padmi Pathinather

General Manager,
People and Culture

Padmi Pathinather

Padmi brings a wealth of commercial experience gained over 25 years working across the spectrum of the healthcare industry with a compelling purpose of improving the quality of patient care and broader wellbeing of the community. Padmi has shaped and grown multinational organizations including GE Healthcare, and Pfizer and most recently held the position of Vice President, Global People Operations at ResMed leading a diverse team of People and Culture professionals across APAC, EMEA and Americas.

Padmi is an energetic, pragmatic and collaborative leader, with passion to build high performing teams embracing the strengths of diverse talent, whilst embedding a culture of humility, belonging and inclusion, innovation, ownership and leadership at every level of the organization that thrives on creating memorable work experiences and delivers best in class services and solutions for the people in our community.

Ram NeupaneGeneral Manager, 
Corporate Services
Ram Neupane

Ram has a proven track record of strong strategic thinking, innovation, change management, commercial astuteness and leadership roles across the core disciplines of finance, IT, governance, procurement and risk management in both commercial and NFP organisations in Australia and globally. Ram has led overall operations of a diverse nature of NFP organisations, transformed financial management systems from routine accounting functions to highly valued business partnerships, developed and implemented risk management systems, undertaken value for money and impact assessments, and developed and implemented business processes to scale up organisational capacity to effectively deliver services. He held similar roles in Habitat for Humanity Australia, The Fred Hollows Foundation and Camp Quality Limited, prior to joining SSI.

Ram brings a wealth of experience in international development. Ram has worked in Australia and more than 70 countries in Asia, the Pacific, Africa, South America and Europe in different capacities for UN organisations (such as UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO), bi-lateral organisations (such as DFID, Sida, CIDA, SDC, DFAT), inter-governmental organisations such as Partners in Population & Development (PPD), INGOs (such as International Planned Parenthood Federation, International Federation of Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity International, Marie Stopes International, and Save the Children) in leading the delivery of services and programs, undertaking independent monitoring and evaluation, value for money assessments and developing and assisting in the implementation of Strategic Plan.

Ram is qualified Chartered Accountant trained with Deloitte, a member of CPA Australia, holds PhD degree and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sonia VignjevicGeneral Manager,
Client Partnerships and Business Growth 
Sonia Vignjevic

Sonia is an executive manager with over 20 years’ experience, has significant skills and knowledge of, the multicultural sector, migration and resettlement.  She has strong leadership, strategic and stakeholder engagement skills; and a proven track record in developing and maintaining effective partnerships with key stakeholders including all tiers of Government, academia and civil society.

She is currently employed as the Victorian State Director at Settlement Services International, has held the position of Director Partnerships & Community Development at Eastern Community Legal Centre, Acting CEO at South East Community Links, previously she was the Principal Advisor of Operations at Anglicare Victoria, National Manager of Community Migration Programs at Australian Red Cross and before that her role was Manager Settlement & Family Services at Spectrum MRC.

Sonia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Psychology & Human Movement, a Graduate Diploma in International Law, Post Graduate Certificate in Trauma Counselling & Psychotherapy, is an Australian Registered Migration Agent and currently a Commissioner of the Victorian Multicultural Commissioner.

Vision and values

SSI’s vision is to achieve a society that values the diversity of its people and actively provides support to ensure meaningful social and economic participation and to assist individuals and families to reach their potential.

Social Justice

Equity and access to all


Respecting diversity and being non-discriminatory


Caring, empathy and respect for the dignity of others


Co-operation and mutual respect


Dynamic, flexible and responsive service


Professional practices and accountability


Commitment to partnerships and excellence