Arash Bordbar

Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN)

Arash Bordbar, 26, is originally from Shiraz in Iran. Arash is the Chair of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and is also currently working with the CMRC as a Youth Worker. Arash is also the Co-chair of the UNHCR Global Youth Advisory Council. Arash was awarded the Young People’s Human Rights Medal in 2016 for his advocacy on human rights in Australia and the Asia Pacific, chosen to be an Australian Ambassador since 2018 for Australia Day. He has been selected as a Peace Ambassador for One Young World in 2018 and 2019. Arash is also part of the Amnesty Refugee Advisory Group that strategises and campaigns for the resettlement process for refugees across the world. This year Arash was selected as a Women Deliver Young Leader Ambassador in 2019.

Arash will be moderating the panel " Australia and the Asia Pacific" on Friday 15 February 

    10.00am - 11.30am

    Conference Day Two Friday 14

    Plenary: Australia & the Asia Pacific

    This session will investigate the most effective role Australia can play in boosting opportunities for refugee protection in the Asia Pacific.


    Arash Bordbar, Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network


    Guled Mire, Community leader, advocate, writer
    Hafsar Tameesuddin, Human rights defender and activist
    Evan Jones Asylum Access Malaysia (via video conference)
    Hayso Thako, Asia Pacific Network of Refugees (via video conference)


    RAPPP 1

    4.00pm - 5.00pm

    Conference Day One Thursday 13

    Plenary Showcase: Ways of working: self-representation, collaboration and reconciliation

    A showcase of local and national initiatives highlighting the collaboration of multiple service providers to deliver community-defined requirements.


    Rnita Dacho, Refugee Council of Australia
    Kelly Sibanda, Multicultural Australia


    Speakers, Organisations/ Initatives 

    Joseph Youhana, National Refugee Advocacy and Advisory Group

    Gulnara Abbasova, Harmony Alliance

    Vicky Jacobson, Sediqa Karimi and Donata Sackey, Refugee Health Network Queensland

    Sally Baker, Sally Morgan and Aamir Ali, RESIG National Campaign #StudentsLikeUs

    Anne Hilton,  Wayne Briscoe, Asylum Seeker and Refugee Assistance Program


    RAPPP 1