Our People


Simon Jovanovic

Founder and CEO

Simon is the Founder and CEO of the Byamee Institute and is a leading scholar, thought leader and advocate on Aboriginal economic development and employment policy. He is a citizen of the Walbunja Nation born on Ngunnawal land and a proud Serbian Australian. Simon worked in Aboriginal Identified positions across the New South Wales Government from 2009 to 2018, providing advice and support for Aboriginal programs and services. Simon is Byamee Institute's leader and ambassador.


Tanami Dereck Müller


Tanami is a Moriori (Rēkohu native) born on Arrernte land and currently based in South Australia. Tanami manages Byamee Institute's technology infrastructure and helps develop new technical projects.


Uncle Phil Duncan

Senior Cultural Advisor

Phil Duncan is from Moree New South Wales and is a member of the Gomeroi Nation. His homelands are Moree and Terry Hie Hie. Phil has over 38 years’ experience working with communities and government to improve the lives of Aboriginal people. Phil provides high level policy and strategic advice and leadership to key Indigenous Representative Organisations, Universities, government agencies as well as key external stakeholder groups. Phil ensures that everything Byamee Institute does is culturally strong.


Lukas Ringland

Director of Operations and Strategy

Lukas Ringland is an Anglo-Celtic Australian born on Eora land with more than 10 years of experience working in Australia and internationally for large and small NGOs. He specialises in bespoke, process orientated strategies and project management tools for not-for-profit clients. Luke has a strong interest in Indigenous healing and co-facilitates a community talking circle. Lukas manages operations for Byamee Institute, including resource development, project management and communications, and is lead advisor on strategy development.


Dr. Valerie Cloud Clearer Ringland

Research Advisor

Valerie is an indigenous East Frisian woman (northern Germany), and an Ashkenazi Jewish American. Valerie has lived and worked with indigenous peoples and communities in Australia, the Americas, Asia, and Africa. Valerie is a leading expert in the field of Indigenous science research methods and completed a Ph.D. in social work through three research projects on indigenous healing of sexual trauma. Since moving to Australia in 2018, Valerie has worked on designing an Indigenous Science research program for the NSW Aboriginal Land Council, and currently leads Indigenous research at Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety. Valerie leads Byamee Institute's technical integration/bridging of Western and Indigenous science methods.