Shankar Kasynathan came to Australia with his family as refugees. Over the past 15 years he has worked closely with refugee and migrant communities in Victoria, the Northern Territory and the ACT.
A skilled communications and public policy specialist, he has degrees in Economics and Public Policy. He is an active supporter of community organisations that help to build partnerships and social cohesion in regional areas.
Since December 2017, Shankar has led ''My New Neighbour'', a campaign started by Amnesty International Australia which calls for a fair and just refugee community sponsorship program. He is also a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Commission and an ambassador for the Migrant Workers Centre.