I am Cyprien Ntezimana, and I was born in Rwanda, Eastern Africa.
With a successful career spanning over the past twenty-nine years, I have gained extensive and broad experience in providing community support and development. I am an experienced Social Worker, Teacher, Case Manager and Advocate with a diverse background in the community services sector, both here in Australia and overseas.
I hold Masters Degree in Migrations, Conflicts and Social Cohesion in Global Society and I am PhD Candidate in International and Intercultural Studies.
I have worked with some Humanitarian Organisations, including the Active Refugee and Migrant Integration in Australia (ARMIA), the Australian Red Cross, Medicos del Mundo and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
My career to date has seen me apply my skills in research and facilitation, both within an academic and non-academic environment, as well as undertaking qualitative and quantitative data analysis. I also possess extensive capabilities in conflict management, counselling and performing outreach work. I have also gained invaluable experience working with refugees and immigrants, providing interpreting and translating services as well as communicating cross-culturally by utilising my multi-lingual skills.
I take great pride in being able to empower and support those most disadvantaged in our multi-cultural community, promoting diversity and fostering cultural understanding and appreciation
Cyprien will be speaking on the opening plenary, 'Unpacking Lived Experience Leadership' on Thursday 13 February
Conference Day One Thursday 13
Plenary: Unpacking lived experience leadership
In this session, we discuss the meaning of 'lived experience' within different contexts, and in relation to themes of representation, accountability, leadership, and solidarity. Speakers will examine the principles and complexities of meaningful engagement and leadership of people with first-hand experience of a particular issue, as well as the ethical, political and practical dimensions of doing so.
Mia-lia Boua Kiernan, International Detention Coalition
Shukufa Tahiri, Refugee Council of Australia
Nishadh Rego, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia
Zaki Haidari, Community Representative
Rhanna Collins, National Indigenous Television
Dominic Golding, National Ethnic Disability Alliance
Cyprien Ntezimana, Rwandan Association of Queensland
RAPPP 1 Main Auditorium