Marcus ‘Mungul’ Lacey – Director
Marcus is the first son of Megan Balatj Ganambarr. He has been employed with the NT Education Department and has taught and mentored students at Shepherdson College Galiwinku and Rorruwuy Homeland Community School for the past 15 years. Marcus served on a Consulting Panel with the NT Government relating to education and infrastructure.
Marcus has twice been runner-up in the NT Young Achiever Awards. The NT Young Achiever Awards recognise those young Territorians who have contributed positively to their communities through their achievements.
He is a widely respected young leader of Yolngu Customary and Ngärra Law and is a trained mediator through the four year Mawul Rom program.
Marcus is recognised and respected in the community as a talented teacher, singer/songwriter/performer and choreographer who has involved members of both the Yolngu and non-Yolngu community in his creative projects.
He is a father of six children. He is the youngest person to be elected to the Galiwinku Community Council. He speaks Gumatj, Datiwuy, Gupapuyngu and English. He was formerly the school Chairman at Shepherdson College.
Marcus is currently Chairman of Nyinyikay Dha Wuba Aboriginal Corporation
L Janusz Hooker – Chairman, Director & Co-Founder
LJ has over 20 years of experience as an international financier with a focus on real estate and private equity. He is currently the Chairman of LJ Hooker and Hooker Corporation, his private real-estate companies. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business and was a Bronze Medalist in Rowing at the 1996 Olympics.
LJ is passionate about youth education with a mission to unite and empower the next generation of Australia’s leaders. He and his wife are co-chairs of the Hooker Family Foundation and founded the Foundation for Kids in New York, the Kids to Coast educational exchange program in Central Australia and Culture College in Arnhem Land.
Harry ‘Uluru’ Wilson – Director
Harry Wilson is a board member of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.
Justin Porter – CEO
Justin joined the Culture College team in 2016. He has been working in the Tourism Industry for close to 20 years and has an extensive background in Tour Operations and Management for groups, in particular Educational programs in Australia and Internationally. Justin has a passion for bringing life changing experiences to young people and is excited to be part of the team at Culture College and to showcase this amazing Australian program in East Arnhem Land.
Justin has been involved with student programs like World Youth Day and Alternative Schoolies since 2010. He has an extensive knowledge of Immersion programs and will be able to assist schools in delivering a life changing experience for their students with Culture College.
Troy Shulze – Operations and Program Manager
Troy is a secondary teacher and has lived and worked on Groote Eylandt with the Anindilyakwa people where he coordinated a ranger group and created mentoring opportunities for the rangers and local school kids. He has previously worked as a tour guide in Kakadu helping to facilitate cultural experiences.
“You will experience the culture and history of the Yolngu people of East Arnhem Land and be amazed by their warm and open generosity. Being part of the Culture College experience, you will connect to an ancient culture of wisdom that is truly unique, deep and rich. I have a great affinity with this culture and a deep respect for the people. I look forward to meeting you all, sharing stories and cultural experiences.”
Robert Stein-Rostaing – Executive Director
Since selling his first company in 2000 in the data security sector, Robert has been an investor, TV & Film Producer, entrepreneur and deal maker across various industries including Real Estate. In 2001 Robert assisted his brother in creating ReefDoctor (www.reefdoctor.org), a UK-based non-profit marine conservation organisation conducting coral reef research and implementing marine management, education and social development with local fishing communities in the Bay of Ranobe south-west Madagascar. To this day he remains a Director and active contributor to the strategy and growth of ReefDoctor which most recently received the highest award from The Darwin Initiative for its work.
Robert is a Hooker family member and was recruited by L. Janusz Hooker in 2012 to work closely with him on several private and commercial ventures through Hooker Corporation as a senior analyst in Australia. He is currently Executive Director of Culture College and has been the driving force behind its conception and operation.
Ana Hooker – Founder & Co-Chair
Ana is a founder and co-chair of the Hooker Family Foundation with the leading project Kids to Coast. Together with her husband she created Foundation for Kids in New York and Culture College in Arnhem Land. She is a speaker of five languages and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the AGSM in Sydney.
Prior to her passionate advocacy for education, Ana had a professional career in fashion. She was a model between New York, Paris, Miami and Milan. She was awarded a “Disaster Hero” in 2010 by the Premier of Queensland for the ground contribution to the flood reliefs in the Lockyer Valley.