Ella Dixon

Ella Dixon

Born in the Philippines, Ella moved to Australia with her family in 1981 when she was a young girl. Ella is the current CEO of Migrant Resource Centre where she commenced in 2015. Prior to this, she spent 8 years as Regional Manager, Department of Premier and Cabinet. Her career has mostly been in management roles in economic and community development. Prior to taking up the position with the Department of Premier and Cabinet, Ella worked in local government, the…

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Helen Barrie

Helen Barrie

Dr Helen Barrie is a Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. Her research has a focus on Australia’s changing population and the implications of this for society and communities. Much of this work involves an examination of population diversity; the interaction between people and the built environment; how migration is changing rural Australia and the role of community connectedness and social networks in settlement. Helen will…

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Kelly Nicholls

Kelly Nicholls

Kelly has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years with a range of roles including senior management, advocacy, campaigns, fundraising and media relations. She has worked for a range of NGOs from large international organisations such as Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) to small grass-roots organisations. She has worked internationally, leading an NGO in Washington DC and also spent extensive time working and living in Latin America. Before working in the NGO sector Kelly was a journalist. Kelly will…

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Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland is the coordinator the Vinnies SA Good Works Migrant and Refugee Centre located in Hindmarsh SA, which provides emergency assistance to more than 1500 individual contacts each year. Mary’s role encompasses service design and delivery, and volunteer coordination and development. Having completed a Bachelor of Science in Human Services at the University of South Australia in 1991, Mary enjoyed a 23 year career in the public service working in areas of project, program, community development, and management. This…

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Gabriel Akon

Gabriel Akon

Gabriel ‘DyspOra’ Akon is an award-winning Hip-Hop recording artist, sonic activist, poet and founder of the playback 808 Kingdom. The nomadic troubadour was born in South Sudan and raised across various locations in East Africa until his family migrated to the South Australian city of Adelaide. After spending his formative years in a refugee camp in Kenya, DyspOra saw music as a key tool in breaking down cultural, lingual and racial barriers which led him to begin writing poetry at the age…

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Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations and individuals who support them. Her work involves research, policy and advocacy on national and international issues impacting refugees and people seeking asylum. Sahar previously worked with Australian Red Cross as a caseworker and a team leader in Migration Support Program and later on as a Humanitarian Observer, monitoring conditions of immigration detention facilities. She…

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Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed was born in Somalia. He fled his home country when he was 10 years old. Ukash lived in the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya for 18 years before arriving in Australia in 2009. Whilst in the camp, he served as an advocate for refugee rights after completing his high school education. Ukash also worked in different capacities with humanitarian organizations in the camp. Ukash is currently working with the Multicultural Communities Council SA as a Youth…

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Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa is a youth development specialist and a former refugee from Colombia. He is the co-founder and current national president of the New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council, the only NGO in New Zealand that is entirely operated by refugee background youth for refugee-background youth. Daniel and his mother fled Colombia when rebels threatened to kill the then 12-year-old boy Daniel because his mother refused to hide their weapons in her restaurant. They then became refugees in Ecuador where…

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Eugenia Tsoulis

Eugenia Tsoulis

Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC). Eugenia has over 40 years of volunteer and work experience, being a leader in multicultural policy, research, review, and change management across a number of sectors, including mental health, education, the arts, employment and training. Her work has primarily focused on the integration of migrants and refugees into policy and service planning, as well as into direct service delivery. In previous roles within the South…

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Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh came to Canberra as a Vietnamese refugee when he was two and has lived there ever since. He has had a go at a few things. He worked in a bakery for much of his youth and now teaches refugee politics and political philosophy at the ANU. He ran as an independent candidate in the 2016 ACT election (GoKimbo.com.au). Kim’s currently having a go as a roving reporter for ABC Radio Canberra. He’s had a go at writing…

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