Shabnam is a driven community development practitioner, passionate about cultivating true partnerships between communities and structures of power to create lasting solutions.
Inspired by her own lived experience, she is a strong advocate for meaningful engagement and participation of refugees in addressing the complex challenges of forced migration and resettlement.
Shabnam has founded and led multiple initiatives in Australia and abroad supporting refugees and host communities, particularly focusing on strengths-based leadership and capacity-building approaches.
She is currently part of a small team at the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) working to establish a holistic community-led refugee support program in Australia and chairs the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG), a refugee-led organisation creating spaces for effective inclusion of voices with lived experience in key decisions, policies, public and media discourse about refugees in Australia.
Shabnam is also a Karate champion with multiple national and international titles to her name.