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About MindTribes

Our Story, Our People

MindTribes Makes Inclusion Matter and exists to create an anti-racist culture that is inclusive of race and cultural diversity. The Founders of MindTribes, Div & Vick Pillay are both South African born, raised and educated under apartheid; beginning their professional lives in post-apartheid workplaces in the mid-late 1990’s. Fast forward to the early 2000’s, through to 2011, they migrated to Australia, restarted careers, climbed leadership ladders, often as the first people of colour in teams. ​

​In 2012, they started MindTribes out of the lived experience (their own and others) of exclusion in workplaces for their age, race, culture and gender. ​

​Combining their expertise in both people and business, they offer a unique proposition – behaviourally solving for exclusion, creating an impact on the individual (voice & value) and organization (brand & business metrics). ​

​Under their leadership, MindTribes has grown since 2012  to an award-winning business: TechDiversity Award Finalist, 2019; Westpac Businesses of Tomorrow Winner, 2018; Telstra Business Award Finalist, 2016. ​

​MindTribes also has a social footprint with the creation of Culturally Diverse Women & Workforces that works at inclusion at the intersection of gender, culture and age (career-life stages). Div & Vick give 10% of MindTribes new deals to Plan International, to empower girls globally and are named, Plan International Ambassadors. ​

Go to 42:33 to see Div discussing the genesis and purpose of MindTribes and her work with CDW and why it is so important.

Discover how MindTribes can partner with you to take an intersectional approach to your diversity & inclusion work.

Our Founders

Div & Vick are Co-Founders of MindTribes.  Being South African-Indian-Australian they know personally how cultural diversity can be leveraged or be a barrier.  Both performance focussed, with an eye on business improvement, their solution is tailored to bring results.
Div Pillay

Div Pillay

Div Pillay is the CEO of MindTribes and co-founder of Culturally Diverse Women.  She is an expert in race and cultural inclusion, backed by behavioural economics, psychology, and qualitative data research methods. She co-designs with clients, systemic and sustainable change that advances their business. Prior to founding MindTribes in 2012, Div spent 14 years in People & Culture roles working across Australia, Asia and South Africa. Div is named as one of the 100 Women of Influence, 2018 (AFR & Qantas), has served on the Board of STREAT, is currently on the Board of VicHealth, is the National Chair of D&I, American Chamber of Commerce. Div is listed in 2021, as one of the 25 Global Influencers by the AACSB International, the world’s largest global business education alliance.

Vick Pillay

Vick Pillay

Vick Pillay is the Managing Director of MindTribes and had the original idea for CDWomen. His focus is on business operations, growth pathways and financial strategy.  He brings this expertise and his global leadership experience across 20 years, having worked across Europe, America, Africa, Asia and Australia in senior leader roles, the last being Associate Director at Ernst and Young.  Vick is an expert on quantitative data analytics, specifically the disaggregation of gender data and also heads up Research for MindTribes in collaboration with the University of Melbourne. He is on the Board of the Australian Philippine Business Council and is on the Finance and Risk Committee for Plan International. 

Our Tribe

These are the change makers we work with. They are bold, brave and uncompromising on realising systemic change with us on all client engagements.
Manami Ray

Manami Ray

Director, Programs

  • Program Management
  • Client Engagement Partner
  • Design Thinking
  • Strategy, Innovation Design
  • Lead Facilitator and Coach
Lilian Kikuvi

Lilian Kikuvi


  • Lead Facilitator, Leadership Audiences
  • Race & Gender D&I expert
  • Accredited Coach and Professional Speaker
  • Program and Project Management, Client Engagement
Celia Pollard

Celia Pollard

Program Director, Gender Equity

  • Executive Facilitator and Senior Coach
  • Instructional Designer
  • D&I Expert (Intersectional Gender focus)
  • Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector Specialist (GIA’s + GEAPS)
  • Ex-Senior Public Servant
Emilie Perrot

Emilie Perrot

Senior Manager

  • Gender Equity Specialist
  • Commission for Gender Equality in the Public Sector Specialist
  • Gender Impact Assessments, Gender Equity Action Plans
  • Facilitator and Coach
  • Instructional Designer
Nasalifya Namwinga

Nasalifya Namwinga


  • Culturally Safe Mental Health Expert
  • Senior Clinical Psychologist
  • Lead EAP (Employee Assistance Program) Auditor
  • Facilitator & Coach
Andrea de Silva

Andrea de Silva


  • Culturally Safe Mediation
  • Intersectional Gender Equality, Women of Colour Specialist
  • Research, Report Writing
  • Staff Led Network Community of Practice
Ingrid Buse

Ingrid Buse


  • Listening Session Experienced Note-Taker, De-identified qualitative data
  • Intercultural communication
  • Investigative Research

Get us to come and talk to your staff-led network or your senior executives to benchmark where you are compared to the market.

Acknowledgement to Country

At MindTribes, we pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Australia. Representing the oldest living culture in the world, First Nations people have been the traditional custodians of this land for more than 65000 years. Australia, is the only commonwealth country that does not have a signed treaty (a formal agreement with the government and Indigenous people). We at MindTribes are committed to ensuring that every client we partner with has a meaningful and action-based Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)– whilst we don’t design or deliver a RAP, one of our first principles is not doing business with a client who does not have a RAP or an intention to execute a RAP in the time we are with them.

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