Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin is an arts/events producer and activist based in Narrm (Melbourne). His work has sought to centre voices from the margins within the mainstream art sphere. These have been performed at La Mama, Footscray Community Art Centre and Northcote Town Hall. Through mentoring, and production, his work celebrates trans and gender diverse people and people of colour, within the wider community. He currently works as a project officer in the mental health space and is a member of a myriad collective. Zakaria values self-representation in his work practice with the community. Stories…

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Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar is originally from Iran and lives in Australia. Arash fled his home at the age of 16 and traveled to Malaysia registering as a refugee with UNHCR in Kuala Lumpur. Arash spent five years in Malaysia where he completed his high school certificate online, before being resettled in Australia at the end of May 2015. After being resettled, Arash enrolled in university, and in 2016, he was nominated to be the Australian delegate to the UNHCR-led Global Refugee Youth…

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Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas is a Syrian activist and PhD candidate at Macquarie University, where he has taught within the field of politics and international relations. He is a Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) fellow and the winner of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) award in 2017. As a Project Officer and steering committee member in the Making Connections academic mentoring program at Macquarie University, Rifaie coordinates training, debriefs and evaluation alongside other committee members. His research interests include mediation, authoritarian regimes and…

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Manal Younus

Manal Younus

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance , Manal explores different aspects of life from perseverance, identity, travel and truth. She speaks on a vast number of issues including youth leadership, gender and female empowerment, faith, blackness, culture, language, migration, displacement, racism and interculturalism. The young artist also facilitates writing, performance, public speaking, youth empowerment and intercultural awareness workshops in…

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Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff

Dr Louise Olliff works as a senior advisor for the Refugee Council of Australia, where she has been employed in policy, research and advocacy roles since 2009. Her current role focusses on RCOA’s international and community engagement work. Louise completed a PhD in Anthropology and Development Studies at the University of Melbourne in 2018, where her research explored the ways in which refugee diaspora communities in Australia are involved in helping people living in refugee situations in different parts of…

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Deena Yako

Deena Yako

Deena is a former Assyrian-Mandaean refugee born in Iraq. Deena is a refugee advocate who utilises her personal experience of surviving and thriving as a refugee in her work as an educator, practitioner, and inspiration. Having been directly involved in refugee resettlement and been a co-founder of a number of thriving programs, supporting refugee young people and their families. Deena is an active refugee advocate and has represented the Australian Iraqi community at NGO consultations at the United Nations High Commissioner…

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Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson an experienced policy, advocacy and communication professional and a feminist academic with a strong expertise in LGBTIQ, refugee and women’s rights in Australia and overseas. Tina has a strong record of engaging with the UN human rights treaties such as CEDAW and the UN programmes such as UNHCR through participating in the development of the Global Compact on Refugees. Currently, Tina is a PhD candidate at the Australian National University researching the lived experiences of queer refugee women. Tina is also a co-founder of the…

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Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri works as a Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). Her work involves policy analysis, research and advocacy on national issues affecting the human rights of people seeking asylum and refugees. She is the secretariat for Refugee Communities Advocacy Network (RCAN) NSW, a refugee led organisation that aims to embed refugee voices in policy decision making and public discourse. She is one of the executive directors at Akademos Society, a non for profit organisation that helps fund…

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Paul Power

Paul Power

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national umbrella body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, since 2006. Paul leads the organisation’s policy development and public education on refugee issues and its advocacy with the Australian Government, international networks and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Since 2012, Paul has served as a Steering Committee member of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network. Paul has…

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