Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho

Alison Coelho is the Acting Co-Manager of the Centre for Culture Ethnicity and Health (CEH), and Manager of the Multicultural Health and Support Services (MHSS). MHSS is the only state-wide…

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Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar

Arash Bordbar is originally from Iran and lives in Australia. Arash fled his home at the age of 16 and traveled to Malaysia registering as a refugee with UNHCR in…

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Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman (Habib)

Aung Soe Naing, Habiburahman (Habib)

Habib arrived by boat in Australia at the end of 2009  and spent 32 months in Australian detention centres before being released. Habib is the founder and spokesperson for the Australian Burmese…

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Clemence Due

Clemence Due

Dr Clemence Due is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Psychology at The University of Adelaide. Her research spans a range of areas related to health and wellbeing for…

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Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa

Daniel Gamboa is a youth development specialist and a former refugee from Colombia. He is the co-founder and current national president of the New Zealand National Refugee Youth Council, the…

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Deena Yako

Deena Yako

Deena is a former Assyrian-Mandaean refugee born in Iraq. Deena is a refugee advocate who utilises her personal experience of surviving and thriving as a refugee in her work as…

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Ella Dixon

Ella Dixon

Born in the Philippines, Ella moved to Australia with her family in 1981 when she was a young girl. Ella is the current CEO of Migrant Resource Centre where she…

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Eugenia Tsoulis

Eugenia Tsoulis

Ms Eugenia Tsoulis OAM is the Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre (AMRC). Eugenia has over 40 years of volunteer and work experience, being a leader in multicultural…

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Flora Chol

Flora Chol

Flora (Flo) Chol is a Writer, Poet & Activist hailing from South Sudan. Flora describes herself as 'an earthy black woman writing things in a stream of literary consciousness'. Flora writes…

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Gabriel Akon

Gabriel Akon

Gabriel ‘DyspOra’ Akon is an award-winning Hip-Hop recording Artist, Sonic Activist, Poet & founder of the playback 808 Kingdom. The nomadic troubadour was born in South Sudan and raised across various locations in…

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Helen Barrie

Helen Barrie

Dr Helen Barrie is a Research Fellow and the Deputy Director of the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide. Her research has a focus…

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Joanna Josephs

Joanna Josephs

Joanna Josephs is the Operations Manager of the Centre for Asylum Seekers, Refugees and Detainees (CARAD inc.). CARAD provides essential case management, emergency relief and volunteer support for people from…

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John Roc

John Roc

John is a Karen national from Burma. In the 60’s John came to Australia to study education at Sydney University under the Colombo Plan. When Burma came under a military…

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Josef Szwarc

Josef Szwarc

Jo is Manager, Policy and Research at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He previously worked in a number of social policy and human rights positions in Australia and…

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Joyce Chia

Joyce Chia

Dr Joyce Chia is Director of Policy at the Refugee Council of Australia. Joyce was previously Senior Research Associate at the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law…

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Kathryn Clark

Kathryn Clark

Kathryn has 10 years experience working with diverse communities both locally and internationally in community development, program management, and research roles. She currently works as the Casework Program Manager at…

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Kelly Nicholls

Kelly Nicholls

Kelly has worked in the non-profit sector for over 15 years with a range of roles including senior management, advocacy, campaigns, fundraising and media relations. She has worked for a…

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Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh

Kim Huynh came to Canberra as a Vietnamese refugee when he was two and has lived there ever since. He has had a go at a few things. He worked…

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Lisa Button

Lisa Button

Lisa Button is a Policy Advisor for the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative.  Lisa has worked in refugee and migration law and policy for the last decade, including in her current role…

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Louise Olliff

Louise Olliff

Dr Louise Olliff works as a senior advisor for the Refugee Council of Australia, where she has been employed in policy, research and advocacy roles since 2009. Her current role…

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Manal Younus

Manal Younus

Manal Younus is an Australian based freelance storyteller from Eritrea who believes that language and stories are the very fabric of our existence. Using her writing and performance , Manal…

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Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino

Margherita Coppolino is an Inclusion consultant. With an outstanding network of contacts in government, business and social justice organisations, Margherita has a proven ability to inspire and influence a wide…

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Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland

Mary Ireland is the coordinator the Vinnies SA Good Works Migrant & Refugee Centre located in Hindmarsh SA, which provides emergency assistance to more than 1500 individual contacts each year.…

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Melanie Baak

Melanie Baak

Dr Melanie Baak is a Research Fellow in the School of Education, University of South Australia and the convenor of the Migration and Refugee Research Network (MARRNet). In recent research…

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Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan Moarefizadeh

Mozhgan is a human rights advocate, public speaker and legally trained refugee law paralegal, with a Bachelor’s degree in English Teaching and Translation. In 2013 Mozhgan moved to Indonesia with…

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Najeeba Wazefadost

Najeeba Wazefadost

Since arriving in Australia as a refugee from Afghanistan Najeeba Wazefadost has graduated from a Bachelor of Medical Science at the University of Western Sydney and is now studying a second degree…

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Nishadh Rego

Nishadh Rego

Nishadh Rego is the Policy and Advocacy Coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) Australia. Nishadh is responsible for developing and implementing JRS Australia’s advocacy strategy; leading it's strategic lobbying and campaigning initiatives;…

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Paul Power

Paul Power

Paul Power has been Chief Executive Officer of the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA), the national umbrella body for 200 agencies working with refugees and asylum seekers, since 2006. Paul…

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Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun

Puttanee Kangkun is a Senior Thailand Human Rights Specialist with Fortify Rights. She has more than 15-years of experience engaging on human rights issues in Thailand and Southeast Asia. With…

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Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas

Rifaie Tammas is a Syrian activist and PhD candidate at Macquarie University, where he has taught within the field of politics and international relations. He is a Council for At-Risk…

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Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat

Sahar Okhovat is a Senior Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia, the national umbrella body for refugees, people seeking asylum and the organisations and individuals who support them.…

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Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed

Samia Sayed (She/Her pronoun) is a Sydney based artist, writer & curator and is currently employed at Twenty10 as the Groups & Projects- Client Engagement Officer.  Twenty10 is a housing,…

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Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri

Shukufa Tahiri works as a Policy Officer with the Refugee Council of Australia (RCOA). Her work involves policy analysis, research and advocacy on national issues affecting the human rights of…

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Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson

Tina Dixson an experienced policy, advocacy and communication professional and a feminist academic with a strong expertise in LGBTIQ, refugee and women’s rights in Australia and overseas. Tina has a strong record of…

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Toni Maldari

Toni Maldari

Dr Toni Maldari has worked in refugee health for the past 12 years. She has previous experience working in rural and urban general practice and in Aboriginal health. Dr Maldari…

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Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed

Ukash Ali Ahmed was born in Somalia. He fled his home country when he was 10 years old. Ukash lived in the world’s largest refugee camp in Kenya for 18…

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Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin

Zakaria Shahruddin is an arts/events producer and activist based in Narrm (Melbourne). His work has sought to centre voices from the margins within the mainstream art sphere. These have been performed at La…

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