Football Victoria Board of Directors

Acting President - Antonella Care


Joining the Board in March 2016 in a causal vacancy position, Antonella possesses an impressive education portfolio including a Bachelor of Urban Planning & Design; Bachelor of Architecture; Bachelor of Building Engineering; and a Bachelor of Building Surveying.

Antonella has worked in the corporate sector for more than 20 years and is currently Director of Connect PM P/L.

Antonella prides herself in having a strong understanding of governance and excellent working relationships with many Local Government departments.

Director (Chair of Football Committee) Sezar Jakupi


Joining the Board in March 2016 in a causal vacancy position, Sezar Jakupi has 30 years’ experience as an IT Consultant across Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany and the USA.

Sezar’s football experience is also extensive, having been a player, coach, administrator, Chairman and FV Zone Representative.

Sezar is particularly passionate about increasing juniors’ and women/girls player participation, as well as contributing to the long term vision of Football in Victoria.

Director - Harry Zaitman


By being elected to the Board in March 2019, Harry realises a long held desire to serve the game in Victoria at the highest level. Harry has been involved in football as a participant, administrator, coach, team manager, club official and volunteer for more than 40 years.

Harry has an outstanding knowledge of the game, particularly in Men’s football, having served as Chairman of the FV’s Men’s Standing Committee for nearly 10 years. He has also successfully owned and operated several businesses, had experience with property development and holds a Bachelor of Business Accounting Degree.

He continues to be a passionate supporter of community based organisations and clubs across Victoria.

Director - Azmeena Hussain


Elected to FV Board in March 2019, Azmeena Hussain is a Principal Lawyer at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and is listed in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent Australian personal injuries lawyer. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Azmeena is the Deputy Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and Deputy Chair of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

She is an avid follower of the Matildas and Socceroos teams and is passionate about the role that football can play as a driver of social change. She is a social justice advocate committed to ensuring that all individuals have a platform to be heard and contribute to society.

Director - Lee Sammartino


Appointed to the Board in December 2019, Lee is currently Head of Corporate Growth at Cbus, one of Australia’s leading industry superannuation funds and who is a significant investor in the Australian economy. Previously, he held a number of senior leadership roles including Principal, Client Relationships at Rice Warner, a highly respected superannuation expert firm providing consulting, research and technology solutions to financial services industry participants, Senior Consultant to the CEO and Acting Chief Operating Officer at legalsuper, Digital Group Account Director at WME Australia and General Manager, Marketing & Communications at LUCRF Super. Lee was also a member the Industry Super Fund Steering Committee for a number of years.

Lee holds a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Education and Training and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). Lee also played the beautiful game from the age of 5. He played at numerous clubs including Sunshine Heights Junior SC, Green Gully SC, Altona City, Brimbank Stallions FC and ended his playing days at Brunswick Pumas. As a junior footballer, he was a Western Region Representative.