Zaki Haidari

Community Representative

Zaki is a refugee from Afghanistan. After being targeted by Taliban to be killed in 2013, at age of 17 years old, he escaped from Afghanistan and came to Australia by boat.

When Zaki first came to Australia, he studied English and has since thrived in his studies completing two Diplomas in IT and Graphic Design. Zaki is a passionate human rights advocate, sharing his experience with schools and the wider community. He dreams to one day be able to provide education and assistance to people in less fortunate countries, the way he was given this opportunity in Australia.

Zaki is currently volunteer with Afghan Community, Canberra Refugee Action Committee in the ACT and Cumberland Council in NSW.

Zaki 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