Robyn Smythe

Robyn Smythe

Robyn Smythe is the Director of the Survivors of Torture and Trauma Assistance and Rehabilitation Service in South Australia (STTARS).   STTARS provides services to advance the health, wellbeing and human rights of people in South Australia, who have experienced torture or traumatic events relating to war, political violence or persecution in their country of origin or while fleeing those countries. With qualifications in Social Work, Disability Studies and Grief, Loss and Trauma Counselling, and Governance Robyn has been passionate about…

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Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi

Roj Amedi experience spans across strategy, organising and media. She is currently the senior human rights and racial justice campaigner at GetUp and Colour Code. Colour Code is an independent national movement of people of colour and First Nations peoples advocating, campaigning and organising around issues of racial justice. As a member driven movement, they have stopped discriminatory changes to citizenship and permanent residency, successfully defended Section 18C of the racial discrimination act, and are proving there is an electoral…

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John Khateeb

John Khateeb

John Khateeb is a settlement coach at AnglicareSA where he helps humanitarian entrants, other eligible permanent migrants and their communities to address their settlement needs in order to improve independence, personal well-being and participation. John is also the founder of ‘With Hope We Can’. An initiative that aims to shed light on how creating hope could change the lives of people with mental health issues. John has engaged with many organisations in the field of youth mentoring, coaching and community…

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Navitalai (Navi) Ravia

Navitalai (Navi) Ravia

Navi was born, raised, and schooled in Fiji; both parents are Fijian. He worked in Hospitality and Tourism in Fiji and his most recent role before leaving Fiji for Australia was Business Development Manager, Wholesale for the InterContinental Fiji Resort and the Sofitel Fiji Resort. Navi arrived in Australia on Valentine’s Day 2015 and started to volunteer for Australian Red Cross from June of the same year. Navi is currently employed by Red Cross in Sydney in a Reception/Administration role.…

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Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan

Shankar Kasynathan came to Australia with his family seeking refuge from the early years of the civil war in Sri Lanka. He has worked with asylum seekers & refugee communities in Victoria, the Northern Territory and the ACT. He has worked on campaigns with Oxfam Australia and the National Heart Foundation. He has been an adviser to both State & Territory Ministers. He has degrees in Economics and Public Policy. Since December 2017, he has served as the Refugee Campaign…

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Malual Madhal Mawien

Malual Madhal Mawien

Mal was born in South Sudan and arrived in Australia in 2000. As someone who is focused on ensuring the best possible supports are available for his community and others, Malual’s commitments and achievements were recognised when he was awarded Silver and Gold medals in the pride of Australia awards 2012. Mal is a member of South Sudanese community in Toowoomba and a previously was appointed as a South Sudanese youth leader. In the past, he was employed as a…

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Mohamed Assaf

Mohamed Assaf

Mohamed Assaf is Electrical Engineer with over 15 years of experience in Engineering, HV/LV, Power Industry, and Building Services. He has experience in major projects delivery and design management for large projects in Australia, Middle East and Gulf Countries. Mohamed is originally from Syria, arrived on Oct. 2015 with his wife and two kids, 6 years and 4 years. Mar. 2017, he participated with CareerSeekers program in Melbourne to get his internship as he need to gain a local experience…

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Vick Mau

Vick Mau

Vicki is the National Manager - Migration Support Programs at Australian Red Cross, working with teams to address the humanitarian needs of people who have been trafficked, held in immigration detention, separated from family, seeking protection from conflict or persecution, and migrants at risk of destitution or exploitation, as well as broader social cohesion programs. Vicki is also co-Chair of the Red Cross Red Crescent Asia Pacific Migration Network that seeks to build awareness and coordination in addressing migration issues…

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Waleed Alkhazrajy

Waleed Alkhazrajy

Dr Waleed Alkhazrajy is 50 something years old, from Iraq, the cradle of civilization. Waleed left Iraq in a hurry in 1995. He arrived uninvited without a visa to the northern shores of Australia in 1996 and was detained for almost 20 hours a day for a month and then spent a further 10 months in the main compound at Port Headland Detention Center. He was released on a protection visa in 1997. In 1998, Waleed came second on the…

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Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla

Khadija Gbla is a very passionate and inspiring African Australian woman. She is an award winning human rights activist, inspirational speaker, facilitator and consultant. She has displayed great courage and determination in achieving her aspirations of giving women, youth and minority groups a voice at a local, state and international level. Khadija utilises her powerful and inspired voice to advocate equality. Khadija provides advocacy, training, speaking on domestic and family violence, racism, human rights, refugees and cultural diversity through her…

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