Brisbane’s multicultural business community celebrated

Three multicultural business leaders have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to Brisbane’s economy at the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk welcomed over 550 attendees to the event which celebrated the diversity, innovation and economic prosperity of Australia’s New World City.

“Brisbane’s multicultural business leaders come from a wide range of cultural backgrounds and make a great contribution to our city’s economy. I’m delighted to see them rewarded,” Cr Quirk said.

“Council is committed to supporting business communities from all backgrounds and since 2008, has provided almost 350 business scholarships and mentoring places to Brisbane’s multicultural business community.

“I hope that this year’s winners will continue to be role models to Brisbane’s culturally diverse business community and I’d like to extend my warmest congratulations to them all.”

The winners of the 2018 Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Awards for Business are:

Nick Xynias Multicultural Young Business Person of the Year: Kim Zoulek, Oktoberfest Brisbane [Holland Park]
Kim came to Australia in 2003 from Germany to pursue her studies. In 2008, Kim played a key role in the founding of Oktoberfest Brisbane, and is now the director and co-owner of what has become Australia’s largest German Festival.

Multicultural Business Person of the Year: Fiona Kee, Australian Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) [Upper Mount Gravatt]
Fiona came to Brisbane from Singapore as a student. Post-graduation, she worked in several large corporations learning about international business. Identifying a gap in the vocational education and training market, Fiona founded the Australian Institute of Business and Technology (AIBT) in 2014.

Multicultural Entrepreneur of the Year: Mathew Tsin, 1ICT [Coorparoo]
Mathew moved to Australia from Hong Kong when he was seven. Together with two business partners, Mathew started 1ICT in 2011, an innovative ICT and software development company. Named in the CRN Fast50, the business is one of the fastest-growing companies in the Australian IT industry.

All proceeds raised at the dinner support the ongoing delivery of the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Scholarship and Mentoring Scheme, providing training and support to individuals from migrant backgrounds to start or expand their own businesses in Brisbane.

For more information on the Lord Mayor’s Multicultural Business Dinner and Awards and the 2018 finalists, visit or call Council on 07 3403 8888.