Damien is from the Yorta Yorta and Wemba Wemba nations of north-central Victoria and a Yuin man from the south coast of NSW.
Damien joined IBA in June 2022 after three years as Chief Operations Officer at Reconciliation Australia.
In previous roles with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade he worked in 12 countries representing Australia on issues from human rights to environment, education and health policy.
Damien has also been an activist, mediator and holds degrees in International Relations Theory and Asia History from the Australian National University. Through this education and foreign postings, Damien has negotiated international agreements, such as leading the negotiations for Australia at the UN Economic Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific on the regional implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Outside of IBA, Damien provides cultural motorbike tours for people to engage with a variety of Traditional Owners groups through his own business. By combining his passion for riding motorbikes with opportunities to make personal connections with Traditional Owners groups, lands, science, foods and other aspects of First Nations cultures, Damien’s tours help to improve knowledge of the pre-colonial and post-colonial histories and experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.