Cyprien Ntezimana

Rwandan Association of Queensland

I am Cyprien Ntezimana, and I was born in Rwanda, Eastern Africa.

With a successful career spanning over the past twenty-nine years, I have gained extensive and broad experience in providing community support and development. I am an experienced Social Worker, Teacher, Case Manager and Advocate with a diverse background in the community services sector, both here in Australia and overseas.

I hold Masters Degree in Migrations, Conflicts and Social Cohesion in Global Society and I am PhD Candidate in International and Intercultural Studies.

I have worked with some Humanitarian Organisations, including the Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia (ARMIA), the Australian Red Cross, Medicos del Mundo and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

My career to date has seen me apply my skills in research and facilitation, both within an academic and non-academic environment, as well as undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis. I also possess extensive capabilities in conflict management, counselling and performing outreach work. I have also gained invaluable experience working with refugees and immigrants, providing interpreting and translating services as well as communicating cross-culturally by utilising my multi-lingual skills.

I take great pride in being able to empower and support those most disadvantaged in our multi-cultural community, promoting diversity and fostering cultural understanding and appreciation

Cyprien will be speaking on the opening plenary, 'Unpacking Lived Experience Leadership' on Thursday 13 February 

    11.30am - 1.00pm

    Conference Day One Thursday 13

    Plenary: Unpacking lived experience leadership

    In this session, we discuss the meaning of 'lived experience' within different contexts, and in relation to themes of representation, accountability, leadership, and solidarity. Speakers will examine the principles and complexities of meaningful engagement and leadership of people with first-hand experience of a particular issue, as well as the ethical, political and practical dimensions of doing so.


    Mia-lia Boua Kiernan, International Detention Coalition


    Shukufa Tahiri, Refugee Council of Australia
    Nishadh Rego, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
    Zaki Haidari, Community Representative
    Rhanna Collins, National Indigenous Television
    Dominic Golding, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
    Cyprien Ntezimana, Rwandan Association of Queensland


    RAPPP 1 Main Auditorium