Deena Yako

Refugee Council of Australia

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 being directly involved in refugee resettlement for more than 14 years and been a co-founder of a number of thriving programs, supporting refugee young people and their families. Deena has also used her skills and experience in educating the Australian public about what it is to be a refugee.

Deena is currently also coordinating the education program at the Refugee Council of Australia’s Face to Face Schools and Community Program. In the three years since then, Deena has broadened the focus of RCOA’s Face to Face program, taking it from schools to wider community and business audiences. She has also been a superb mentor to the growing number of people who have participated in the program as refugee speakers.

Deena also sits on a number of management and advisory groups relating to refugee advocacy and resettlement and is an active member of her local community.