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Joel Khalu

September 27, 2018

Joel Khalu

CEO of Australian Indigenous Basketball

Joel Khalu currently serves as CEO of Australian Indigenous Basketball, overseeing operations and strategy for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander basketball from the grassroots to the elite international levels. 


Prior to assuming his current role, Khalu was CEO of the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea (BFPNG),  where he took responsibility for the governance, leadership and vision  of the National Federation.  This position also included the management and implementation of the International Basketball Foundation / FIBA In Oceania Basketball For Good project, which was based in the Pacific Island nation. 


Before joining BFPNG, Khalu filled a number of senior management roles at various basketball associations & professional clubs within Australia. 


At 25, he founded  the Hoop Dreaming Project, a National Community Crime Prevention Programme that received recognition Australia-wide by using  innovative sporting-related strategies to combat significant social issues for youth. 


Khalu is  also a licensed FIBA International Coach and member of the World Association of Basketball Coaches (WABC). Most recently in the capacity as Head Coach,  he  mentored  the Papua New Guinea Men’s National  Team to the FIBA Melanesia Cup gold medal. Khalu has also won multiple league championships and numerous awards in Australian domestic competitions, as both a coach and player.