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The SBS judging panel for the 2018 National Languages Competition
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19 Nov 2018 - 9:48 AM  UPDATED 19 Nov 2018 - 9:49 AM

SBS Judging Panel

Mandi Wicks, Director of Audio and Language Content at SBS

Mandi Wicks is the Director of audio and Language Content, SBS Radio, and has been with SBS for nearly seven years. SBS Radio includes either radio networks – five focusing on Australian news and information in language and three music networks – SBS PopAsia, SBWS PopDesi and SBS Chill.

Mandi has more than 25 years’ experience in the media industry, working at four of Australia’s leading networks (SBS, Macquarie, Southern Cross Austereo and Nova Entertainment). She worked as a journalist for 10 years before moving into senior management roles.

SBS is dedicated to connecting communities through multilingual conversations across all platforms and devices, in order to inspire social cohesion in Australia.


Dr Nicholas Farrelly, Associate Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at ANU

Nicholas is Associate Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University in Canberra. A lifelong student of Southeast Asian cultures and languages, he holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar.

In 2006, while a graduate student, Nicholas founded New Mandala, a website which has gone on to become the preeminent public forum in Southeast Asian Studies.

Like many of his academic colleagues, Nicholas is a strong advocate for cross-cultural knowledge and the development of language skills.

The ANU, which teaches 30 languages in total, is proud to partner with SBS to support the 2018 Languages Competition.


Dr Susan Carland

Dr Susan Carland is an academic, author, and social commentator. She has a PhD from Monash University’s School of Social Sciences, where she is the director of the Bachelor of Global Studies.

Susan regularly guest hosts on ABC Melbourne radio, hosted the ABC Radio National series Assumptions and is a regular Friday panelist on ABC TV’s News Breakfast. She was a co-creator and presenter of SBS’s Salam Café and has appeared on the Agony series, Lateline, Q&A, The Project, 7:30, The Drum, Home Delivery. She has been featured in Harper's Bazaar, Dumbo Feather, The Australian Women’s Weekly, Sunday Life and 200 Women.

In 2017, her first book Fighting Hislam was published by Melbourne University Publishing.

Opinion pieces and articles have also been published in The Guardian, The Age, The Saturday Paper, in academic publications, and numerous anthologies. Susan has been a panelist at the United Nations in Geneva as a guest of The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement.


Kyliric Masella

Kyliric Masella was bopping at Brent Street Studios a few weeks before her third birthday—and it was clear that this toddler was destined for the limelight. A vivacious young triple threat who soon was moved to front and centre stage to entertain audiences with her exceptional dance and singing ability. By 12 years of age Kiki was showing signs of being a gifted actor to boot—so it was no surprise that Sydney Casting Director Anousha Zarkesh suggested her for the lead of Fuzzy in NITV's live action drama 'Grace Beside Me’.

 In June 2017, Kiki spent 3 months filming in Beaudesert, Queensland and whilst it was Kiki's inaugural screen role, she blew away the directors, producers and production crew with her organic talent, professionalism, down to earth personality yet obvious star quality from her first day onset to her last.

 Since the production wrapped, Kiki has seamlessly slipped back into her Brent Street’s Performing Arts programme with aplomb and her usual passionate and dedicated approach to life but is looking forward to auditioning for future TV and film roles that may pop up for her!

SBS National Languages Competition 2018 - FAQs
SBS Radio presents the SBS National Languages Competition 2018 to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia.