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The HEFRAIL Project has delivered excellent practical outcomes, satisfying the industry partner in terms of solving their problems with a reduction in operational costs.
He has prepared erosion control standards for the design and maintenance of QR National embankments and cuttings.
He has published his research findings in highly respected international journals and has also presented at international conferences. As an academic, he also teaches Water Engineering courses and supervises postgraduate students at CQUniversity. This collaborative PhD programme objectives are individual and institutional capacity building, enhancing the relevance curricula, theory, teaching and research to African development problems.
Researched and wrote a chapter on climate change for the Africa Vision project. Work involved modelling climate change impacts using a computable general equilibrium model.
Other positions held by Dr Asafu-Adjaye include: She came to Australia as a refugee 22 years ago. Her early settlement experience helped to shape her approach to work and life. On arrival, Samia could already speak several languages and soon developed expertise in English.
Samia has extensive experience and expertise in working with refugee communities. Samia has constantly looked at ways to support and assist refugee communities especially young people and women, she initiated and developed several programs for refugee communities, she set up the first ethno-specific Playgroup for Horn of African families, the first Home Base Child Care training and the first Horn of African Home Work Support Club.
She conducted many information expose related to health and currently related to justice system, provide information sessions through sport and drama. Samia set up a number of organisations to support and minimize adverse experiences for humanitarian entrants, particularly young refugees and families with complex needs.
She uses her knowledge and credibility with both world the system and the refugee communities and tied to open dialogue and create pathways for refugee communities and the hosting society to interact.
A tireless, committed and passionate activist and thinker, Samia has often demonstrated extraordinary leadership on racism and sexism issues. She has made an outstanding contribution to addressing the various barriers to ensuring appropriate and equitable services are available to the African community.
Through her work, particularly in the area of settlement and violence against women, various community groups have undertaken pioneering work in challenging mainstream perceptions and understanding of refugee communities. Due to work demand and commitment, Samia currently sits only on: David has published 3 books , 4 book chapters , 6 Scientific papers , 10 reports , 11 international conference papers in 7 countries , 20 national conference papers , 1 National Landcare Award Group share , 21 media releases and interviews and has contributed to 38 Country and metropolitan Field Days, and Demonstrations.
In Australia, among the community projects accomplished by David include: As an Australia Day Ambassador, David has accomplished the following assignments and among others: Edward has over the past more than ten years been passionately committed and deeply involved in extensive work within the wider Australian community, especially providing professional best practice leadership, guidance and direction and harnessing the synergies of the new and emerging African communities to smoothly settle and integrate, live much more fulfilling lives and make meaningful contributions in their new home.
Edward has sacrificially devoted and played a leading role in giving African people in Australia a strong united voice through mobilising and organising African communities and organisations, mentoring, advocating for and representing the best interest, empowering, building capacities and confidence, creating opportunities and providing platforms to engage and connect African people in Australia so as to reduce attrition, break down barriers, promote and enhance equity, access, social inclusion, full participation and harmony amongst Australians of African, Indigenous and other backgrounds as well as non Australians.
Left Zambia for United Kingdom Left United Kingdom August for Australia. Passion and contribution to Australia. Contribute to social, mental and physical wellbeing of all Australians. Motivate younger people to embrace education and identify with good role models. Currently, networking with over community organizations, supported by over volunteers and community leaders, and have an audience of over , people across Australia through collaborative information sharing with communities and local media.
Currently collaborating with Birthing Kits Foundation Australia to supply sterilised birthing kits to pregnant women in Africa so as to reduce avoidable pregnancy related deaths -- over community members in Africa are benefiting from this project including Kenya, Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia and Liberia. John is a dedicated and versatile administrator, with several years of experience among international organizations and private enterprises.
Possessing extensive skills, knowledge and experience in strategic project management - planning, networking, analysing, implementing, integrating, monitoring and reviewing. Strong blend of managerial, professional and interpersonal skills. Proven success working under pressure within stringent time frames and meeting demanding targets. Capacity to make difficult decisions and achieve results. Ability to achieve goals with limited resources and to facilitate and optimize difficult and complex negotiation situations with across linguistically and culturally diverse groups.
He is a migrant from Nigeria who has spent 30 years in Australia. With the establishment of these programs, an immediate impact was made on the indigenous youth of these areas, with lower un-employment levels, effective after school programs and a reduction in teen felonies. Jude's approach with the youth of these rural areas was so effective due to the fact his relationship was not just a professional one but a personal one.
Jude often opened his family home to youths living on the streets and looking for their own accommodation. Between the years of - Jude eventually moved back to Sydney where he saw the Establishment of the Nigerian Australian chamber of business and commerce. He also reopened his own social welfare practice, organizing the training of Sudanese migrants in the areas of security courses and forklift licensing to ensure their easy entry into the Australian work force.
Along with these efforts, Jude has also utilized his knowledge in the areas of community welfare and training. His work did not stop there, as Jude began to invest and enter the real estate industry, he used his knowledge and networks to help east and west African Australians purchase their first homes who had never been able to work through all the red tape involved in buying a home.
With all this in sight of the African community, Jude was asked to sponsor many events and afro organizations. One of which being the African soccer youth tournament in Sydney of where he and others invested to kick off the competition which still runs till this day.
In Jude was awarded with a Pride of Australia Finalist award presented by the daily telegraph for his recognized leadership skills and charitable work in the community.
They have been part of the team at Paradise since January and for a period of three years moved back to their hometown of Perth to pioneer what is now our Perth campus. Starting out with an initial team of just 15 people they established a thriving church and raised up an exceptional leadership team in the Perth CBD. They have since returned to Adelaide in their current role as our Lead Pastors.
Brad is an engaging preacher with an ability to deliver revelational teaching from God's word and apply it to every-day life, whilst maintaining a dynamic and prophetic ministry style. He has a passion for leadership and enjoys equipping and releasing people into their God given potential.
Alison works closely alongside Brad and is committed to building God's House and seeing people's potential unlocked. Having come from a corporate management background, Alison has a love for developing and training leaders. She is a natural communicator with a warm, transparent and inspirational preaching style. Brad and Alison reside in Adelaide with their two young and very active children, Tori and Wade.
They made it to a refugee camp in Ethiopia but were separated and David was trained as a child soldier. He has spent the years since gaining extensive experience working with young people through community development and family support programs. In the last six years he has started a number of programs in Melbourne and South Sudan, and also co-founded the Sudanese Summit, an annual event held in Juba aimed at empowering South Sudanese youth to participate more in decision-making and become agents of change.
Joyce Adu has project management experience across a number of industries including government, construction and education. Joyce has served in a number of roles in the areas of strategic management, corporate governance and research. Mr Sahardeed Roobleh is one of the most respected Somali-Australian leaders within both this large migrant community and the wider Australian community. Sahardeed has a thoroughly deserved reputation as an advocate, leader, counsellor, representative and friend to thousands of African families who have made Australia home over the past 25 years.
He began his work for African and Somali Australians after settling in Melbourne in Sahardeed continued his community work after relocating to Perth in the s where he played a major role in the reconciliation of the different clans of the Somali community in Western Australia: He is a champion of Somalis and a great African-Australian leader. Majak Daw at North Melbourne training. Stephen Harman Herald Sun. She was just 4 years and 10 months old.
At just four years old, Chelsea showed great courage and maturity. After calling her father, Chelsea got ready for the ambulance ride while watching over her 15 month old sister Charlotte On January 22nd Chelsea became Young Citizen of the Year and received an award for her bravery and initiative. Chelsea attended the annual Hurstville Council Australia Day awards as a guest. She is also actively along with her family's efforts to raise funds for various projects in South Africa and Bali.
Djite chose to play for Australia although he would also have been eligible for the U. Three days before his 21st birthday, on the 22nd of March, , Djite received his first international cap for the Australian national team, the Socceroos, against Singapore, courtesy of national coach Pim Verbeek. His first cap in a competitive match was when he came on as a substitute for Harry Kewell in Australia's World Cup Qualifier against Iraq on June 1, He then again appeared in the Socceroos next match on June 15, against Qatar, coming on as a late substitute.
Bruce is now considered among the rising young stars of Australian Football. African-Australian investigative journalist, Robert Mukombozi, a Rwandan, has used his profound social skills to improve lives of African refugees across Australia. As President of Queensland African Communities Council in Queensland Logan district, he has created many initiatives that have transformed lives of African migrants and refugees. Through The African Voice magazine, he is creating awareness about key settlement issues affecting African communities in Queensland as well as educating communities and individuals on policies and how they can contribute for their welfare.
He has used his influence in the media to promote positive values of Africans in Australia. Apart from organising African festivals to celebrate positive values of African cultures and traditions, Mr Mukombozi organises fundraising dinners to support humanitarian activities across Africa, Christchurch NZ , Japan, Asia and the middle east disaster victims.
Born in Johannesburg in , during the apartheid era, he was smuggled out of the country at the age of five, together with his elder brother and mother, after his father had fled the country and sought political asylum in Ghana. His father later joined the rest of the family in Zambia where they lived as political exiles, until he finished high school and went to study Computer Software Engineering at the Vladimir Polytechnic in Russia.
He has worked as an IT professional for seventeen years, in both private and public sectors, in Australia and overseas. Despite a busy work schedule, Fezile finds time to render voluntary services to the community outside of working hours, through the Africa-Australia Friendship Association AAFA. Amongst his achievements within AAFA are the formation of a Football Club that was registered with the Northern Territory Football Federation, organizing workshops for youth with the renowned Diafrix outfit DJs Azmarino and Momo , organizing workshops for young children with the well-known Company Gongoma, raising funds for emergency humanitarian assistance programs in Africa.
As the longest serving member of the executive of AAFA, he has been president, secretary, acting treasurer, publicity secretary and is currently Assisting Public Officer.
Moreover Tamrat was engaged in community development activities in order to assist the new emerging communities in the process of settlement in their new home country Australia. Tamrat worked both as Employment Consultant and Senior Employment Consultant for five years before he became a manager in While working in senior position, Tamrat was also able to employ over staff members, consultants and senior consultants and site managers.
Tamrat, due to his outstanding leadership, he won one of the largest employment service provider, BreakThru People Solution's Managing Director award for excellence for Victoria in Olivia came to Sydney from UK in as a skilled migrant and temporary resident, and like so many others stayed and became an Australian citizen.
Olivia believes in the importance of partnerships and networking, which include mentoring and supporting others to grow and in turn contribute their skills to the community.
As a result of this belief she has been a member of the following organisations in NSW:. This was in International Law in particular Refugee, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law paved the way for her to undertake international contracts with United Nations and Australian government from on.
The initial consultation was a resounding success. Significant outcomes of the consultation included the creation of a Sudanese Community Liaison Officer role within the Department and the development of a Sudanese community legal education program. Ms Takpiny was appointed to fill that position. In her role as the Community Liaison Officer over the past four years, Ms Takpiny echoed the views of members of African Communities to the Department and made submissions on their behalf to expand her role to work with the African communities.
Her submission was approved and she set about consulting and developing resources and programs for the broader African communities in both regional and metropolitan areas especially for the refugee arrivals from Sudan, Congo, and Somalia etc.
Some of the resources, programs and projects she initiated include: Ms Takpiny was vital in the production of this resource which includes short stories illustrating legal topics of concern that were raised by newly arrived community members throughout legal radio programs and ongoing consultation processes.
Ms Takpiny ensured that this resource was dubbed into seven emerging African Community languages Dinka, Juba Arabic, Kiswahili, Amharic, Arabic Classic , Somali and Krio and employed over 60 African actors, crewmembers, businesses, translators and voice over artists. Over copies of this resource have been distributed free of charge to members of African Communities and service providers across NSW.
The training program was conducted for 33 African leaders, elders, church and youth leaders including regional Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, and Newcastle. The program provided practical skills and resources on culturally acceptable methods for African leaders, elders and youth to resolve disputes in culturally and legally appropriate ways. These workshops are held regularly to inform and up-skill leaders within the African communities about legal processes and resources that community members seek.
Post Second year Sudanese law students provide free legal assistance for community members. This program is currently being reviewed with hopes of expansion to include other communities, universities and locations.
The day included child minding, local justice related information table and a community lunch with live African entertainment provided by local artists. Fadzai Matambanadzo was born and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe. With a passion for education and its ability to address poverty, she founded The African Dream Benefit in , which is currently the Executive Director, soon after winning Miss Africa Perth in Since launching in , The African Dream Benefit has received tremendous support and has been recognised for its impact.
She currently sits on the committee of the Australia African Business Council WA chapter, a national organisation that unites business communities on both continents by promoting increased trade and investment. Sosina was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in She started doing gymnastics at the age of 7, and was Ethiopian Gymnastics Champion at ages 9 and She joined Circus Ethiopia in , and toured the world for five years as an acrobat, contortionist and dancer, including performances at the Adelaide Festival , the Womad Festival in England, and a performance for the Queen of the Netherlands.
Sosina moved to Australia in She supported her studies and training with a job at Africako , where she was employed for her specialist Ethiopian hair braiding skills. Sosina was fortunate to complete her diploma just as the Swinburne University National Institute of Circus Arts NICA sought applications for their inaugural two-year diploma in circus arts. She was a successful applicant, and was one of its very first graduating students in While studying at NICA , she developed her world-class, solo, bouncing ball juggling act, and a ladder-balancing act.
These acts, along with her stage presence, her contortion, her creativity, and her ability to work effectively in a collaborative creative environment led Circus Oz to offer her a position in their permanent performance ensemble in She accepted, and premiered her professional bouncing ball juggling and contortion acts to great acclaim in the Sydney Season.
They cascade in a flash and blur like a broken string of pearls before she re-knots her body to make juggling just that much harder. In addition to rave reviews, Sosina has received a number of awards since joining Circus Oz. In she was the first Australian ever to be invited to the annual Circus Princess Competition in Stockholm, Sweden.
In Sosina was nominated for Australian of the Year. Her dream is to to keep growing in her profession, be watched by millions of people on film and television, as well as making a positive difference for disadvantaged kids thoughout the world. From impoverished beginnings, Sosina believes that life is what you make of it. She is truly inspiring. Eve is a Ghanaian Australian, arrived in Australia 9 years ago.
Eve and her family lived and served in the Country Town of Ceduna for 5years. As a registered teacher, she worked with children with special needs - Ceduna Area School. She solely ran the Ceduna Early Learning program, travelling several kilometres, connecting with families and children with special needs.
Four years ago Eve and her family relocated to Adelaide. Eve currently works as a business manager in the medical practice field, whilst studying Masters in Business Administration UniSA. He has studied Diploma of Education and Literature, and was awarded 2 nd prize for the tenth anniversary of Literacy Campaign Short Story competition on a national level in Following his farsightedness of how the new government then EPRDF was heading to, and he rejected many offers for the sake of his dignity as well as for the future status of his children and decided to flee to Djibouti.
Nibret migrated to Australia in through the UNHCR resettlement program as a refugee, and shortly after joined by his family. He understood the limitations of information in his community and started publishing an Amharic news paper as a supplement source of information to the Ethiopian community in Australia.
He is the producer and director of the program, and his radio shows are transmitted twice a week on Tuesdays from 6: He has been on air for more than five hundred hours since then. He works tirelessly at his own expenses to bring the politically divided Ethiopian community together.
In addition, he has published a bilingual newspaper monthly, to fill the gap of information and to create a communicating medium for adults, youth and new generations to enlighten them about their cultural heritage and history. He distributes his news papers all over Australia and helped small business to advertise on his paper at a low cost. He also helps local organisations such as Regional Rail Link Victoria by advertising on his paper regarding the Major reforms around the Footscray station.
Nibret is also unreserved writer sharing his ideas and timely observations. Even though he uses a pseudonym his numerous articles have been read globally with encouraging feedbacks. Furthermore, he has studied Diploma of Interpreting from RMIT University and gives professional document translation services, especially for immigration purposes. He has also served as an active participant in the Taxi Industry Advisory Board for two years, which is conducted by VTD and received a certificate for his constructive contribution.
He came to Australia in and undertook a double degree masters program in International Communication and International Relations at Macquarie University Sydney graduating in As a qualified journalist and teacher with a Bachelors of Education and diploma in Journalism obtained at Makerere University — Kampala, Ronnie has always engaged with the community playing various leadership and social roles. He is the outgoing President of the Uganda Association of NSW Australia — , a role he served with diligence lifting the profile of his community to a recognisable level in NSW.
During his tenure as president, he put in place measures to connect Ugandans spread across NSW through community activities and effective networking. He was also instrumental in helping new Ugandan arrivals to settle in NSW and also connecting them to various services.
He has also been instrumental in helping establish some state-based Ugandan associations. He has also established a wide network with various cultural groups across Australia.
Ronnie has also established him self in crisis support services and currently works with Lifeline Australia — Sydney in the training sector having obtained a certificate IV in Training and Assessment in His love for the community has seen him take on various voluntary activities.
He is also a link and provides support to numerous charity organisations based in Australia with projects in Uganda. Ronnie has played cricket in Uganda and also loves playing chess, tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer and scrabble among others. David Kinyua is currently President of the East African Association in Canberra, a healthy and vibrant organisation that brings together like-minded Africans and advances their interests and social belonging.
Kinyua recently won a local government grant to stage a play that will promote a multicultural Canberra and showcase diverse talent. Kinyua also enjoys public speaking, dance and is an avid Japanese car fanatic. Born in Liberia, Aaron resettled in Australia in Employed as a computer network engineer, Aaron is a spirited philanthropist and volunteer.
He is one of the key founders of the African Australian Union, which provides services to African communities in Western Australia. Aaron is the Western Australian Volunteer of the Year — for ethnic communities. After his initial studies in Australia, he taught in a number of high schools in Launceston Tasmania where he has been living all the while.
He is currently a teacher of French at Launceston College. Abdul-Karim is also married with two children: Abdul-Karim is fondly called Pastor Karim as he is also a Pastor by calling.
He is the President and Founder of a bible-believing, multicultural church called House of Prayer Bible Fellowship International, stationed in Launceston. He is currently the Senior Pastor of this ministry. He has a passion for reaching out with the gospel to all races and not just his Sierra-Leonean countrymen and other Africans. Pastor Karim believes that sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ has the ability to transform humanity. He has been and continues to be, an inspiration and a role model to many Africans and even young people in various communities especially in Tasmania, some of whom he has taught in school.
She moved to Australia 11 years ago to pursue further education where she attended Murdoch University, Western Australia and graduated in In recent years, and in addition to a successful career in her chosen field, Julie has rightly earned her spot as the Health and Safety coordinator of the Health and Safety African Professionals Western Australia. In addition to her professional work, Julie is a regular contributor to various community events and is an active member of both the Kenyan community of Western Australia and the African Professionals of Australia Most recently — Succeeding Beyond Borders.
Julie believes that work with no play kills the momentum. She loves her morning jogs and enjoys travelling, where she meets and embraces people from all different cultures and walks of life. His professional career cuts across many fields from Stage to Screen and from Policy to Business Leadership and Management. He has set up and headed three Media and Mass Communication Departments across two continents, first at the University of Papua New Guinea, from , then at Curtin University of Technology from and now at the University of Adelaide.
He has also lectured at Flinders University of South Australia. He sits on the board of many community and government bodies in Australia including the Mobile Entertainment Alliance, South Australian Certificate of Education subject advisory board, and was on the board of Community Access Television Channel 44 from He belongs to many international professional bodies as: He has been involved with a wide range of community based and professional membership activities principally for contributing to the development and smooth management on the issues of the emerging communities especially those relating to African-Australians in Victoria and Australia in general.
She speaks five languages and takes interest in cultural diversity matters. This State honour was to recognise Casta's exceptional work towards empowering culturally and linguistically diverse communities, combating racism and promoting human rights. Andre was a professor of sociology at the University of Lubumbashi DR Congo for 17 years and head of department of sociology and anthropology at the same university. Here he contributed as co-author to a number of publications on urban and housing areas.
In addition, Andre worked for 12 years as analyst, economist and statistician with the Queensland Government. In respect to his intellectual movement leadership, Andre has published two main books, Humanitarian Crisis in the Congo , in English and French catalogued at the National Library of Australia and The Congo, fifty years later, in French.
New South Wales Branch. Issues in Small Business Management, Women in Business, Psychology of the business owner, planning and performance in small firms, debt and equity finance in small firms, small business policy in developing economies, management and performance issues in small and family business, financial issues in small business and small business policy. Leticia has designed a new baby product called Babyam which is the World's first ever 3 in 1 automatic bottle preparation system.
Her product range will be prams, high-tech baby products, nappies, soaps and hygiene products etc. Leticia is an Advocate for Women's rights while in custody and post custody especially for women with children.
She works alongside various government and non-government officials to make this possible. She hopes to support the Aboriginal communities and establish orphanages and schools around Africa and help the poor. He is a member of a number of community based organisations. He has presented papers at various national and international conferences. Abeselom has 25 years of leadership experience in public, private and community services sectors. He has served for many years as the State and General Manager in AMES, which is the largest specialist services provider to people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in Australia.
Abeselom is currently working as the CEO of iEmpower — a Melbourne basedservices provider to young people from refugee and humanitarian entrant backgrounds. Kassa studied journalism in Ethiopia and at the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
Since then he has been working with a financial company as a senior consultant and has continued to follow international affairs. And yes we can. On 17 November, it was announced that Timomatic had signed a recording contract with Sony Music Australia. Timomatic's debut single "Set It Off" was released on 25 November. After finishing his university degree in Perth, Australia he turned his attention writing and producing music. In he collaborated with Delta Goodrem on Innocent Eyes co-writing and producing the number one single "Born to Try".
The song debuted at number three before reaching number one on the Australian Singles chart, becoming Goodrem's first number one single. It spent three months in the top five and went on to sell over , copies, making it the third highest selling single of In the UK, it debuted and peaked the charts at number three, spending eleven weeks in the top forty and reached number one on the New Zealand singles charts.
After having some great success, Audius turned his attention to building his own studios and record label. In Audius produced Jessica Mauboy's new album, Been Waiting , co-writing her single, " Running Back ", which peaked at number three on the Australian singles charts also saw Audius launch his own fashion label Shona Clothing which is heavily influenced by his Zimbabwean heritage. Audius' solo recordings have garnered him popularity in his native Zimbabwe and South Africa. Mike Champion singer, songwriter, performer and recording artist, was born in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia on the 2nd December Of South African descent this young star was born only a year after his parents immigrated to Australia.
At an early age it became apparent to his parents that Mike had a natural ability to sing, dance and captivate just about any audience with his raw talent.
Upon coming of age, Mike began performing legally! Mike also works with under-privileged youth on various programs and is one of the few artists who, to this day, has remained true to his art and, more importantly, to himself.
Click here to see Video. Beryl has a background in event management. In she set up her company to produce South African comedy and music events. This year also saw her produce the first South Africa Comedy tour. Beryl also has extensive experience in public administration including working as Parliamentary Coordinator for a former NSW Minister. Dr Osei-Kumah is recognised nationally and internationally for her work which has won her numerous awards.
Her work is focussed on improving the care of pregnant asthmatic women by understanding what causes the disease to worsen during pregnancy. Annette is poised to identify why asthma worsens with pregnancy and what is needed to improve or prevent the poor outcomes observed in this population of pregnant women. The findings of her work will also have wider implications for obstetric care both nationally and internationally. Dr Osei-Kumah has distinguished herself for her warm friendly disposition, her commitment to her work and her academic productivity.
She has contributed significantly to the wider scientific community through her work as reviewer of peer review journals and being part of organising committee for scientific meetings. When she is not at her circular work, Dr Osei-Kumah continues to serve society by being involved as volunteer in a number of community events and church activities.
She enjoys spending time with her family and always delights those around her with her excellent hospitality and culinary skills. He was elevated to the senior list for season In , he came 4th in the Copeland Trophy.
He has played in numbers 43, 30 and his current number 8. In he has won his first All-Australian honour in the half-back flank. He was instrumental in Collingwoods's grand final replay win over St Kilda and kicked a long goal from the boundary line late in the game.
Since arriving in Australia, she has worked to increase awareness of issues affecting the lives of African. She has also presented at. She is a published author of several papers and. Etienne has also collaborated with numerous other artists. While for Etienne music has always been a tool for expressing his faith, promoting social justice, and revealing the universalism of human experience across diverse cultures, he has always had a particular passion for using his music to empower and inspire young people to achieve their full potential.
It is a passion that drew him to conducting presentations and workshops in schools, working with church youth groups, and finally leading him in to complete his studies in youth work at RMIT in Melbourne. Since then, Etienne has worked in a number of different community organizations and currently works with young people exiting custody at Brosnan Youth Services. Unrivalled by their dedication to hip hop, FLYBZ's Fablice and G-storm made Australia their home in and have been building their reputation for delivering energetic and passionate hip hop ever since.
As a young refugee, from the African country of Burundi, Fablice was forced to move to the bordering Tanzania to live with his sister. It was here in Tanzania, that Fablice met G-Storm and what started as a friendship turned into something more as the boys began to use music as a means to tell their story; a story of universal importance, of struggle, turmoil and loss but more powerfully of embracing life and love while taking a stance on discrimination and promoting their political messages.
With the ravages of war and deteriorating living conditions in Tanzania, Fablice and G-Stome came to Australia to start a new life and to share their experiences through music. Fablice has also worked as boundary umpire at the RRR Community Cup Football game and made a big impression on famed singer Paul Kelly who invited him to a personal footy training session.
Hassan Omar arrived in Australia in August on a scholarship from his motherland Somalia. As soon as he arrived up until his untimely death on 11th March , he worked tirelessly to help others, building bridges between Australians and his fellow Africans from the Horn.
In he established the Horn of Africa Settlement Group which helped to settle more than twenty families from the Horn of Africa. Hassan took it upon himself to assist anyone in need and did this with sincerity and compassion.
He will be greatrly missed by his loved ones and the greater global family. Brenda stands for authenticity. She wants individuals to feel connected and courageous with absolute clarity of purpose. She wants them to own their value and communicate it with confidence.
She is passionate about Personal and Professional Development and currently specialises in online business strategies and entrepreneurial mindset in her capacity as a business strategist, coach and mentor. Brenda and her family of 6 emigrated from South Africa to Australia 5 years ago. Brenda made the decision to start her own business from home while caring for her 4 children. Brenda is passionate about enriching the lives of individuals and assisting them to achieve what they most desire in life and business.
With a vast range of educational accolades behind her name Brenda is able to draw from corporate experience, combined with her formal coach training to assist entrepreneurs and small business owners to successfully hone their business strategy, gain clarity, and confidence to create their purpose filled business and life.
He is an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and a governance professional specialized in:. Anes went on to being an advisor to community, local councils and government organisations.
Anes also featured as a motivational speaker at various events. Anes named the specialised branch of social cohesion Inc. A2 was quickly becoming the first choice and the one stop shop for many youth and parents looking for assistance with direction for their kids. Anes encourages members of the community to get involved and volunteer their time to make a difference in their community.
As a result schools were built, stationary, and school uniforms and much more was made accessible to vulnerable refugees. At the academic level: The first African trained professional Medical Scientist to attain the feat and serve as light to Africans in that field. Uba official URL is http: At the professional level: He has served as invited book reviewer for the institute, as well as peer reviewer, and Guest Editor for many African and non-African journals in medical sciences.
At the community level: In research, he is currently looking at improving the screening of future risk of cardiovascular disease in people who has undiagnosed diabetes and prediabetes.
It is remarkable that Uba is now coordinating a team of research collaborators here in Australia to continue this work. Uba started his Australian life at Albury-Wodonga. The remarkable support he provided the African refugee migrants in the community led to him being a recipient of department of Immigration and Citizenship DIAC Certificate of Appreciation during the Refugee Week There he was instrumental to the establishment of the African Union Albury-Wodonga, especially serving as the first president.
He continually welcomes invitations to counsel African families and enlighten Australian volunteer groups on the similarities between African and Australian cultures. He also volunteers academic support to University students for their assignments. Prior to this, she participated in supporting the Ghana Association of NSW in various roles for many years.
Her main goal is to help and support African Women and children in Australia in every area of their lives especially those from Refugee backgrounds. She is against Domestic and Racial violence and believes that women who find themselves in such situations should speak out. Connecting and sharing the word of God with other African women. Currently, Franklyn is involved with the Department of Attorney General, now the Juvenile Justice Department in identifying issues affecting the African communities especially the Youth.
He has insight into domestic and international law, community development, human rights, social inclusion, particularly in the area of international treaties, migration, employment, education and social welfare. Sisay has lived and worked in the UK and Australia involved in solving the challenges and settlement of new emerging communities. Sisay actively participated in the establishment and delivery of a specialised intensive service for job seekers and employers through the Victorian Government Workforce Participation Program WPP.
WPP catered for newly arrived migrants and highly disadvantaged jobseeker focused on equipping them to compete in the local labour market, especially in industries experiencing skills shortages, prepared job search Plan and provided Australian work culture orientation and employability skills training in order to secure ongoing employment.
Sisay also managed Just Start project a Vocational Preparation and Employment Service for significantly disadvantaged young people which caters primarily for young people involved in the Justice system but also assists those who face other barriers. Sisay also engaged in development and provision of comprehensive job search support services through Job service Australia Program, with particular emphasis on very long term unemployed and those facing significant challenges to active participation in the work-force.
Further, Sisay coordinated Australian Multicultural Foundation peer education program for African communities which trained African professionals to deliver health promotion messages to the communities.
He also participated with Rotary Club to assist with community engagement and support. Sisay has undertaken multiple roles in communities and assisted clients from different background through his work in community development program, advocacy, legal research, marketing, and Education and employment sector. Sisay was awarded the following awards for his significant contribution in the community and his achievement. Arsène is passionate about criminal law related-matters and he successfully completed the first year of the Bachelor of Laws LL.
He was the only member assisting the UN Judges who had not previously graduated in Law. However, he was dedicated to the mission of the UN ICTR, would often work beyond the set hours of the Tribunal and stood out for his research and editorial skills.
As a result, his internship which was initially due to last 6 months was extended twice at the request of the judges who greatly appreciated his assistance.
In , Arsène facilitated the visit in Australia of the late Hon. Professor Wangari Maathai the Nobel Peace Laureate with whom he travelled from Melbourne to Canberra to meet senior government officials.
Through her Masters of Public Health course and work experience , Bupe ha s learned how to think about and approach problem analytically. She h as developed and demonstrated strong interpersonal skills from working closely with communitie s, d elivering numerous presentations and including, heavy involve ment in extracurricular activities.
Bupe is a renowned leader that has promote d African cultur al awareness to African and non-African people in the Northern Territory. Through this organisation, Bupe has empowered, mentored and assisted women and girls in the Northern Territory.
She fights againt injustices and is very passionate about protecting human rights. Addai-Mensah also is an active consultant to several multinational companies in Australia, Africa, Europe and USA in the area of minerals and mineral waste processing. Eve Howell , a Sudanese-British-Australian, is ONE of the true pioneers of oil and gas exploration in Australia, was the highest ranking woman in the petroleum industry in her position as chief executive of Apache Energy Australia.
She was also one of Woodside's top executives, responsible for the North West Shelf, Australia's biggest resource development. Eve has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in a number of technical and managerial roles. This was organised by the Blacktown Arts Centre. The play was about the experiences of 2 Ethiopian migrants in Australia. Originally from the Democ- ratic Republic of Congo, his current positions include: He has previously worked with: Advisory committee memberships or convener and Expert Panel.
ACMA ruled that each of the licensees breached clause 4. Success with the Migrant Women Leadership and Mentoring programs, with 10 women graduating from the program funded by th e then Brumby Victorian government.
Prior to coming to WA, he worked in NZ between and One of his major achievements at this firm was the revamping of bulk fuel storage tanks at Napier and Nelson BP Terminals. Professor Moses Tade is well respected nationally and worldwide for his research achievements in chemical engineering and specifically in process systems engineering.
As the Dean of Engineering, in the past three years he has championed many initiatives, including the Engineering Pavilion Complex and outreach programs to encourage more high school students to study engineering at Curtin University. In particular, he has secured funding to run the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School, a mentoring program that encourages Indigenous students to pursue careers in engineering.
Professor Tade has provided the leadership to make Curtin Chemical Engineering to be among top 5 of such Departments in Australia. He has also provided significant support for the successful Chemical Engineering program in Curtin Sarawak, Miri Campus.
Managing Director, Maiden Geotechnics. After a brief consulting experience with M. Following graduation, Ohene worked with a number of consulting firms in Melbourne, including Douglas and Partners and Statewide Geotechnical Services.
He was involved i n the design and construction of a number of landmark projects, including the Shell Refinery Cracker Plant in Geelong and the refurbishment of the Princes Theatre in Melbourne. More importantly, Melika oversees and mentors the successful and internationally recognized Community Guides Network; a bespoke, best practice program using members of a CALD community as integration guides for newly arrived refugees from the same cultural and linguistic background.
Melika held various positions including: This experience allows Melika to deliver new policy frameworks via formal consultation with community members and incorporate these learnings into the AMES Settlement Services model, while working with Managers through AMES to understand and incorporate the resulting implications for AMES wider education and employment programs.
Stephen lives with his wife Bukky and three children: Jennifer, Victor and Maryanne in Traralgon and his hobies are soccer, table tennis and bicycle riding. Judges commented that Ms Blackie's reports were "well-informed and showed a good balance between hard news and human interest.
Her analysis of positive aspects of cultural diversity in the state's South East was an excellent reflection on the local community. She was resettled to Australia in trained as an advocacy represented refugee communities of NSW in United Nations in Geneva and accredited by Australian Council of International Development. Tenneh is completing a bachelor degree in International Social Development at the University of Western Sydney in Having arrived in Australia as one of the first African resettled refugees, he has had first hand experience surrounding issues of resettlement for positive integration within the mainstream Australian communities.
Leaving behind his pride, education and professional work experience gained back home, he started everything from scratch in Australia. He worked on various labour and mundane jobs to support his family and himself. He went back to the university to continue improving his knowledge to better his life style and to become a role model to the African community in Australia.
Some of his achievements with African community engagements include:. His current position with the Department of Justice in Victoria entails engagement in research and development initiatives of policy frameworks employing his knowledge and interest in social justice, and project management as defined by the State priorities while responding to regional and global trends.
He has been working with great results on the initiative to minimise the negative contact between the African refugee communities and the justice system. He is a strong advocate, passionate, rational, and strong leader in human rights and equal opportunities issues affecting the African communities in Australia. Daniel Okoduwa is a Nigerian born actor, writer, singer, producer cum movie director. Born and having grown up in the ancient city of Benin where art is tied to tradition and customs, he has lived most of his life in Australia.
Although, his name may not ring a bell in the Nigerian movie industry having spent more than 10 years abroad, Daniel has suddenly become a budding talent to seek out for, courtesy of Gossip Nation , the latest movie that is currently enjoy rave review in the media.
His knack for high profile job was what led him in to team up with director Matthew Scott to produce the first African Australian film titled Death is a Diamond, a film that tells of the pain Africans were going through from conflict or blood diamonds. In Daniel Okoduwa was invited by the prestigious Australian Centre for Photography Nollywood Babylon to lecture and contribute his unique perspective on Nigerian films and the context in which they are produced.
Love Lost and Temptation, a movie written and produced by Daniel Okoduwa was voted the m o s t watched afro Australian movie of all time.
In May the movie was screened to a predominantly white Australian audience at the North Sydney community centre. In Daniel who had worked with such international acts as Chaka Demus and Pliers, while on the set of young talented director Mike, music video shoots, asked Kang to direct a new African Australian movie, Gossip Nation , for him. She has built an impressive career in disability sector, in community development and now in mental health working in both non gorvenment and gorvenment roles.
She is currently working as a Principal Project Officer in Mental Health in Multicultural Australia project, a project that provides a national focus for advice and support to providers and governments on issues of mental health and suicide prevention for people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
She is also an Accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor and provides training to communities and organisations on first aid for mental issues. Sharon has also been recognised for her work with the award as a Community Leader of the Year by Celebrate African Australian Inc.
Egyptian born Patricia has been an active member of the African Australian community in various aspects. Patricia founded The House of Africa in with the express purpose of delivering a physical address in Australia that represents the African diaspora and develops an economic marketing strategy for Africa via the Asia pacific region.
The project has received great community support in Australia. She has promoted the project in Africa gaining support from all levels of society. The House of Africa Australasia Pacific Region is currently actively seeking expressions of interest. Patricia is a self-starter and has hosted a radio program for more than 16 years on Koori Radio She is qualified as a technical music producer, radio broadcaster, journalist, public relations, communications, marketing and community spokesperson.
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