Zione Walker-Nthenda

Lawyer | Facilitator & Program Designer

Zione has worked as a lawyer for over 15 years working at the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Women’s Legal Service Victoria, Victoria Police and now runs two social enterprises;Change Architects and Incubate Foundation. As a solicitor, she has assisted thousands of people experiencing family violence and relationship breakdown.

Zione is the MC at the 2019 veski fast smarts.

Zione has experience in systemic and structural transformation and she has led many firsts including:

1. As co-convenor of Women’s Legal Services Australia, she was involved in the most significant family law reforms to protect family violence victims.

2. She developed the first cross-sector mentoring and legal training program for family violence lawyers in the community sector.

3. As the human rights manager at Victoria Police, she developed the first human rights training package by police for police and a range of policies and resources to further embed human rights practice in the police force.

Zione describes herself as a global citizen having been educated in England, Nigeria, Hong Kong, Russia, Japan and Australia.  Ironically it is the experience of being an outsider that informs her work of social inclusion. She is currently designing social inclusion projects through:  Incubate Foundation for employment and entrepreneurship  programs and Change Architects for civic engagement and community capacity building programs.