Belinda Bardas – Co-Chair
Belinda is Head of Philanthropy and Trustee at Victor Smorgon Charitable Fund (VSCF). The VCSF provides strategic investment to a range of, for purpose organizations, in the Australian Jewish Community, broader Australian society and Israel. Supporting a broad range of areas, including education, the arts, institutional development, and medical research.
Belinda is Co-chair of the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF). The AJF is the network of Jewish funders inspiring effective philanthropy and supporting community, through strategic initiatives and collaboration.
She is Non-Executive Director at Victor Smorgon Group, a family office that has a strong focus on retail, property, agri-business, equities, and philanthropy. As a mentor in residence at Launchpad Retreats since 2015, Belinda has built deep and long-lasting relationships with committed Jewish communal leaders, change-makers, and activists. Launchpad, a platform for Jewish community Innovation in Australia unites incredible change-makers, giving them skills, networks, and opportunities to connect, think, create and lead together. It is there where the magic happens and 14 innovative programs stimulating Jewish life have been seeded.
Belinda graduated from Swinburne University with a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact (2018), a course for established and emerging leaders of social change. The course is a ‘pracademic’ program with a uniquely comprehensive curriculum based on systems thinking and social design principles.
Before her Career in Philanthropy, Belinda worked for numerous years as a Naturopath, health coach and wellbeing facilitator, is a member of the Australian Natural Therapies association and an NLP practitioner.
Beyond this Belinda worked as a Fashion Retail Professional, at an iconic Australian brand, specializing in women’s fashion. Honing her business acumen, in business development, entrepreneurial vision, brand strategy, marketing and communication skills, the ability to recognize future trends, and the capacity to make decisions under pressure.