26 July 2022
A New CEO for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council
The NSW Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) is very pleased to announce Mr Yuseph Deen as the peak body’s new Chief Executive Officer on a three-year term.
Yuseph is a descendant of the Wuthathi peoples, with customary family connections to the Gunggandji peoples, as well as ancestral connections to the near Western Islands of the Torres Strait.
Yuseph has extensive experience and leadership working across the NSW Land Rights network and has been NSWALC’s acting CEO since June 2021. Prior, Yuseph was NSWALC’s Executive Director of Network and Program Delivery, which included the establishment of the Yarpa Indigenous Business and Employment Hub during its crucial setup phase. He has also served as NSWALC’s Southern Zone Director overseeing support for a network of 34 Local Aboriginal Land Councils.
NSWALC Chairperson Danny Chapman says Yuseph’s experience and passion for Land Rights is a great asset for the largest member-based Aboriginal organisation in Australia.
“The elected Council of NSWALC is pleased to appoint Yuseph as CEO, after what has been a lengthy and extensive recruitment process. Yuseph is committed to building on our ongoing work of increasing the Aboriginal Estate through land claims and expanding economic opportunities for Aboriginal people.
We congratulate Yuseph and look forward to working with him to build on the legacy of Land Rights in NSW for our future generations as we begin to implement our new Strategic Plan 2022-2026,” he said.
In addition to his time at NSWALC, Yuseph brings to the role 25 years of experience working with First Nations People to secure and protect Rights, Land, Culture and Heritage as well as Natural Resource Management and Community Development with the North Queensland Land Council, the Indigenous Land Corporation, Lumbu Indigenous Community Foundation and the Western Cape Communities Trust.