Nishadh Rego

Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia

Nishadh is the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Manager at JRS Australia. In this role, he is responsible for developing and implementing the JRS Australia's advocacy and communications strategy, leading it's contributions to national-level policy development/analysis, and overseeing its new community organising project.

Nishadh has ten years experience working with refugees, people seeking asylum, and migrants in vulnerable situations in a variety of policy, stakeholder engagement and casework roles with the Australian Red Cross, UNRWA, and Baptcare, and has also published research and commentary on issues of forced migration in Australia and West Asia.

Nishadh came to Australia a bit more than thirteen years ago and is a proud first generation Indian-Australian.

Nishadh will be joining the opening plenary 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