Kultchafi Managing Director Ara 'Julga' Harathunian and his wife Aunty Cheri 'Yingaa' Yavu-Kama-Harathunian established the Jahavel Group, within which Kultchafi and its training services sit, more than two decades ago.

Kultchafi delivers cultural healing education and training based on a Reconciliatory Framework and set within Aboriginal Terms of Reference.

Our services provide Cultural Healing training with integrity and honesty, from the Voices of First Nations peoples. We bring together all peoples in an environment of sharing and learning from the beliefs and wisdoms of the ancient culture of First Nation Australians, for the Highest Good of our communities


Ara Julga Harathunian has been CEO of an Aboriginal community-controlled health & wellbeing organisation for some decades, and sits on multiple Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Boards across Australia.

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Ara (Julga) Harathunian has just over 40 years of professional experience in Governance, Eldership, Leadership and Management in many fields of endeavour. His interests lie in Health, Youth, Education, Aboriginal Affairs, Mediation, Reconciliation in Action, Restorative Justice, Lateral Violence, Community Development, Workplace Dynamics, Mentoring, Research, Aboriginal Terms of reference, Aboriginal Spirituality, Wellbeing and Wellness Paradigms.


Ara holds directorships on several boards of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal corporations. Advisor to several Indigenous artists developing an Indigenous Business Institute's hub that works/promotes Indigenous Creative/Fashion, Fine Arts and Techno-Arts and sits on numerous advisory boards/committees.


Ara has an Armenian heritage and has Aboriginal, South Sea Islander family connections to the Minniecon, Lingwoodock and Wenitongs and the Torres Strait through the Ghee's and Wares and skin connections to Wongi and Martu people of Western Australia. He has achieved professional success in business and community development. In his professional career, his achievements include developing an Indigenous Research Model with his wife, developing and implementing a Transformational Management Model.

Ara has embarked upon co-writing about the development and implementation of the transformational Management Model underpinned by the Cultural Philosophical Ethos Theory that was developed by Aunty Cheri Yingaa Yavu-Kama-Harathunian, and the development of Kultchafi and IWC's Cultural Responsiveness Training Package, Healing Circle Work, Gentle Footprints and Cultural Responsiveness Organisational Pulse.


Ara's life is a living document. Within the pages are wisdom, knowledge, information, values, beliefs, ideas, creativity, innovation, gratitude, confidence, trust, skills, abilities and much learning to share from this document either in written form or in speech. I am blest that others who walk with me for life or for a season contribute from their living document vignettes, that become part of my life document.


My objective is to live every moment I have to its fullest. I want to contribute and appreciate my contribution to my family, my community, and the world in which I live. My hope is that in all I say and do, I demonstrate thankfulness, love and humility toward every human being who enters my space and my place upon this beautiful planet, so that when we continue from the place we meet we are made wiser, and more honourable to ourselves and to others. 

My fellow directors

Vinny Valentine

Vinny is a Kabi Kabi, Taribelang Bunda and Goreng Goreng descendant from Central Queensland, and has South Sea and Fiji heritage. Vinny has a Health Degree and a long career in the areas of Aboriginal Health, Governance and Public Administration.

Tiko Yavu-Kama

Tiko is a Kabi Kabi, Taribelang Bunda and Goreng Goreng descendant from Central Queensland, and has South Sea and Fiji heritage. Tiko has a Trade Qualification and a long career in the areas of Justice, Education and Private Business.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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