Adama Kamara

Refugee Council of Australia

Adama Kamara is the Deputy CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA) - the national umbrella body for people seeking asylum, refugees and the organisations and individuals who support them.

Adama recently joined RCOA following a 10-year career in local government working on place-based community developed projects in western Sydney. Adama has personal and family experience of seeking asylum and supporting newly arrived refugees from her home country of Sierra Leone.

She has a passion for community led initiatives and an advocate for meaningful participation. She has led co-design projects with young people, people seeking asylum, refugees, culturally and linguistically diverse communities and service providers. One example is the multi-award-winning Refugee Camp in My Neighbourhood project, which she initiated and has led since 2014.