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Our Watch appoints new Board Director, Dr. Victor Sojo

April 6, 2021 / Our Watch media

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Our Watch is pleased to announce the appointment of new Board Director, Dr. Victor Sojo. 

Dr. Sojo is a Senior Lecturer in Leadership at the University of Melbourne, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership, King’s College London, and an Associate Editor of the Australian Journal of Social Issues.  

Dr. Sojo has extensive experience working with both the public and private sector, conducting research, training, and consulting.  

In his research, Dr. Sojo uses a multidisciplinary and intersectional approach and focuses on factors that facilitate and hinder gender equality in occupational and sport contexts

Dr. Sojo’s research has been widely used in the development of policy recommendations including the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces. 

Our Watch ChairNatasha Stott Despoja AO said that the organisation was delighted to have such a capable and experienced member join the Our Watch Board. 

“Dr. Sojo’s appointment will be an excellent complement to the existing skills already around our Boardroom table,” Ms. Stott Despoja said. 

“His business experience and in-depth understanding of gender discrimination and the health and economic impacts of workplace sexual harassment will be a significant asset to Our Watch.” 

Dr. Sojo has also received awards for his work, including the 2016 Best Paper Award from the APA journal Psychology of Women Quarterly for his research on workplace sexual harassment, and the inaugural 2019 FBE-MBS Dean’s Prize for Exceptional Distinction in Research Engagement and Partnerships at Level A-C for the Recruit Smarter Initiative in partnership with 48 organisations.  

Dr. Sojo holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from The University of Melbourne, a Master’s in Health Psychology, Simón Bolívar University, and a Bachelor’s in Industrial/Organisational Psychology, Central University of Venezuela. 

“I am honoured to have the opportunity to contribute to the evidence-based, world-leading work Our Watch does, Dr. Sojo said. 

The last few months have highlighted how much progress we need to make to ensure women’s equality and safety in Australia. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board, the CEO, and excellent staff at Our Watch to achieve the vision of an Australia where women and their children live free from all forms of violence.  

Dr. Sojo’s appointment comes after lawyer, Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, contributing author, and a social commentator, Mariam Veiszadeh stepped down from the Our Watch Board earlier this year

Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AO said that during her time on the Our Watch Board, Ms. Veiszadeh made significant contribution to the governance of the organisation.  

We thank Mariam for her passion, drive, and leadership during what has been an important transformation period for Our Watch,” Ms. Stott Despoja said.  

Mariam retires from the Board with the organisation’s best wishes and sincere thanks for her critical contribution to Our Watch.” 

Following Dr. Victor Sojo’s appointment, the Our Watch Board will comprise ten Board Directors – led by Our Watch Chair, Natasha Stott Despoja AO, and Deputy Chair, Dr. Phil Lambert PSM. 

Media contact

Saraya Musovic, Senior Media and Communications Advisor (saraya.musovic@ourwatch.org.au or 0448 844 930) or media@ourwatch.org.au

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About Our Watch

Our Watch leads Australia’s work to stop violence against women and their children before it starts. The organisation was created to drive nation-wide change in the structures, norms and practices that lead to violence against women and children.

Find out more about our work to end violence against women in Australia.

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