Shankar Kasynathan’s earliest memories are of his family being resettled by a generous neighbourhood after finding refuge in Australia. Over the last 15 years he has been dedicated to building more inclusive and welcoming neighbourhoods, schools and workplaces. Today, he is the driving force behind the “My New Neighbour” campaign, calling for a generous refugee community sponsorship program in Australia. He has worked as a sessional academic at Deakin, Monash and Charles Darwin universities, and has degrees in Economics, Public Policy and is currently completing post-graduate studies in Education. He has worked on community engagement & advocacy initiatives for Oxfam, Transparency International, the National Heart Foundation and Amnesty International.
Shankar will be speaking on the session ' Building communities for change' on Friday 15 February
Conference Day Two Friday 14
Parallel Session: Building communities for change
Communities play a crucial role in supporting successful settlement. This session explores the partnerships between local governments, community organisations and local residents that aim to foster a welcoming and inclusive community.
Om Dhungel, Refugee Communities Advocacy Network NSW
Louise Aubin, United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees
Rebecca Langton, Refugee Council of Australia
Nick McGuire, Logan City Council
Shankar Kasynathan, My New Neighbour
Daniel Zingifuaboro, Council of South Sudanese Communities Queensland
Conference Day One Thursday 13
Parallel Session: What does ethical representation of refugees and refugee policy look like?
In this session, we examine the ethical representation of people from refugee backgrounds in the mainstream media; the implications of participating in media for people with lived experience; and the dominant and politicised narratives in mainstream media.
Shankar Kasynathan, Amnesty International Australia