Our Team


SEVA is governed by a Committee of Management (COM) who are responsible for ensuring that the organisation meets expectations and operates in accordance with the law by providing strategic direction and financial and policy approval.

Following are the current SEVA Committee of Management (COM) members:

Mrs Sumati Advani – President

Sumati is a long term champion of community issues within the Australian South Asian community and has successfully delivered several community projects for SEVA with funding support from Multicultural NSW, Department of Social Services, Parramatta Council and Northern Beaches Council.

Sumati is a White Ribbon Advocate. In 2017, Sumati was awarded the prestigious Local Woman of the Year Award for Strathfield which was presented to her at the NSW Government’s International Women’s Day function held at the International Convention Centre at Darling Harbour in March 2017.

Sumati migrated to Australia 38 years ago. Sumati holds a Master’s Degree in Transport Economics (Macquarie University) and is a qualified Project Manager. In her personal life, she is the Director of SGA Management Consulting Services Pty Ltd which provides project management support for major rail infrastructure projects.

In December 2018, Sumati was appointed to the Board of Directors for Macquarie Community College.

Mrs Sapna Lazarus – Vice President

Dr Sumitra Iyengar – Secretary

Mr Narayanan Sampath – Treasurer

Mr Vish Vishwanathan – Public Officer

Mrs Shantha Vishwanathan – SAHELI Lead

Mrs Mittu Gopalan – Honorary Solicitor

Mittu Gopalan is a practicing solicitor, with over 20 years of experience in the legal profession. Mittu is the Principal and owner of Freedman & Gopalan Solicitors, a legal firm located in Sydney CBD. The firm prides itself in engaging its multicultural team to provide legal services to the community in a caring and respectful manner, with its mission and motive being “People Over Profits”. Mittu has developed expertise in the areas of: Family Law; Family Provisions Claims; Commercial Law; Deceased Estate Claims; Wills; Debt Recovery; and Personal Injury Claims.

With considerable experience and a pragmatic mindset, Mittu brings her skills, experience and er empathetic nature to develop a range of options in assisting clients during their most vulnerable times. Mittu’s aim is to always resolve issues in the most cost-efficient manner, and within a limited time.

Mittu’s drive and determination has culminated in significant success, with her and her firm being finalists in the Lawyers Weekly Women in Law Awards for Boutique Diversity Law Firm of the Year in 2015, Lawyers Weekly Commercial Partner of the Year Awards in 2016, and India Australia Business & Community Awards as Business Woman of the Year in 2016.