Ali Reza Yunespour

Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative

Ali Reza Yunespour works as Academic Internships Coordinator and Acting Director of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

His PhD thesis examines the political economy of Afghanistan’s higher education; and his research interests are education politics in fragile contexts and asylum seeker and refugee issues in Australia.

He has extensive community development experience in conflict societies and has helped around 8,000 students in 22 rural schools in Afghanistan through his volunteer works with Indigo Foundation Australia.

His works have been published on Australian refugee issues and Afghan politics and (higher)education. Previously, Ali Reza has worked in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and as a lecturer at American University of Afghanistan in Kabul (2016-2017).

He was also a People of Australia Ambassador with Australian Multicultural Council in 2012-2013 during which he advocated for social cohesion and community harmony in Australia.