Judge Rauf Soulio Chairperson, AMRC
Judge Soulio is the chairperson of the AMRC, a judge of the District Court of SA and a member of the National Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity. He was the former Chair of the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council, and served as a member of the National Access and Equity Inquiry Panel, the National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy, the Anzac Centenary Advisory Council and the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council. Judge Soulio is a member of the International Court of Arbitration for Sport and previously served as President of the Football Federation of South Australia (2007−2016).
Ms Elizabeth Ho OAM Deputy Chairperson, AMRC
Elizabeth’s career has included senior roles in the state public sector in education and libraries, with a strong emphasis on cultural diversity values and multicultural policy application. She currently serves on the boards of Palliative Care SA and the Festival of Ideas and is the Chair of the History Trust of SA, a statutory authority. Elizabeth established the first cultural diversity library team in Australia at the State Library of South Australia and served as the inaugural director of the Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre at the University of South Australia for 15 years, accepting the Governor’s Multicultural Award to the Centre (2012). She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and women (2012).
Ms Florina Fernandes Deputy Chairperson, AMRC
Florina has been a long-term active member of the AMRC. She is passionate about the settlement of migrants and refugees in Australia and to this extent, participates and assists in forums and workshops. She has extensive community experience and representation on community groups and community health groups. Her work experience has been in health specifically in mental health. She is a member of Zonta International Women’s Association, an inaugural member of Indian Business Council, a member of the Royal Association of Justices, a member of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and a member of Strata Community Australia. Florina is also the director of Sagitaquarian Holdings.
Mr Tung Shen Chin Treasurer, AMRC
Tung is passionate about building community resilience, and his community work has been recognised by the Chinese and broader community. After graduating from The University of Adelaide, Tung worked as a town planner/licensed land surveyor. Since retiring, Tung has dedicated his time to the community, including the Overseas Chinese Association of SA of which he is currently President and Treasurer. Tung is a former board member of the Multicultural Communities Council, and he has served as a board member and the Treasurer for the AMRC since 2004.
Mr Tarik Beden President, Iraqi Community Cultural Association of SA
Tarik is the President of the Iraqi Community Cultural Association of SA and the Deputy Chair of the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA. Since arriving in Australia as a refugee with his family in 2002, Tarik has assisted the Iraqi Community to settle in South Australia. He was a journalist of considerable repute in Iraq and Jordan, and has continued to work as a journalist in Australia.
Mr Yasin Hassanyar Chairperson, Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLinkSA)
Yasin migrated to Australia from Afghanistan in 2015 by the Humanitarian Visa program. After high school, he started working as an interpreter with the Australian, American and Slovakian defence forces in Afghanistan. He studied Certificate III in English Proficiency at TAFESA and is currently studying at the University of South Australia (UniSA). He is the Chairperson of Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLinkSA), supporting the organisation to achieve its goals and objectives by creating opportunities for young people from new and emerging communities in SA, and identifying young people with leadership potential and assisting them to further enhance their leadership skills. Yasin is also a volunteer at the AMRC, assisting the organisation with its settlement programs. He was a participant of Youth Parliament in 2016 and is a current member of the Lions Club of Mawson Lakes.
Dr Lillian Mwanri Department of Health, Flinders University MD, MCN, PhD, FAFPHM
Dr Mwanri graduated in medicine from the University of Dar es Salaam, and held senior positions in both clinical and public health medicine in Tanzania before migrating to Australia. In Australia, she has worked in a wide range of settings, including in government, communities and academia. She has a Masters of Community Degree from the University of Queensland (1993) and a PhD from the University of Adelaide (2001). She is also a Fellow of the Australasian Faculty of Public Health Medicine, the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and registered with the South Australian Medical Board. She is currently a senior lecturer in public health at Flinders University.
Mr Mabok Deng Mabok Marial Chairperson, African Communities Council of SA
Mabok arrived in Australia over a decade ago as a refugee and since then has worked with the Sudanese community, including former President (2010-2013) of the Sudanese Community Association, South Australian Chapter, and other African communities. He is the Chairperson of the African Communities Council of SA. He holds a Bachelor of Science from Nagpur University and a Master of Environmental Management from Flinders University. Mabok has worked as an accommodation officer for Anglicare SA and as a client services officer for Centrelink. He currently works in the Multicultural Unit in Centrelink, Department of Human Services.
Ms Vahedeh Mansoury Chairperson, Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA
Vahedeh has a background in providing care for newly arrived families and victims of domestic violence and currently works for the Southern Domestic Violence Service as a team leader for Ninko Kurtangga Patpangga. As well as Chairperson for the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA, Vahedeh is the current co-Chair for the Australian Kurdish Associations of SA, and Deputy Chair and Treasurer for the Kurdish Women’s Committee. Her professional memberships and have included commission member for the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and a member of the SAMEAC Women’s Advisory Committee, the International Women’s Day Committee, the Council for Women from Diverse Backgrounds, and the Non-English Speaking Background Domestic Violence Action Group.
Mr Peter Ppiros Chairman, Riverland Multicultural Forum
Peter has been a member of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) and was appointed as Deputy Chairperson of SAMEAC in 2006. He is a strong advocate for regional SA and multiculturalism. Originally a refugee from Cyprus, he lives in Renmark and is the founder and editor of the Greek Community Tribune, a national Greek/English newspaper established in 1993. He has extensive experience in delivering and managing a wide variety of services directly to immigrants and refugees over the years. In 2004, he was elected Chairman of the Riverland Multicultural Forum, an incorporated organisation which represents the region’s multicultural community and provides settlement services to new migrants. He is also the founder of the Riverland Greek Festival, which was acknowledged with the 2000 SA Great Regional Award for the Arts for its contribution towards multiculturalism and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Peter is also a recipient of the Centenary Medal for service to the community through the advancement of multiculturalism.
Mr Hussain Razaiat Chairperson, Afghan United Association of SA
Hussain arrived as a refugee in Australia in 2001, and since then he has been involved in the settlement of Middle Eastern Communities for over a decade. He is the President of the Afghan United Association of SA and the Australian Hazara Federation. He is the co-founder of the Wali-e-Asr Centre, which supports the Afghan community in South Australia, and the Settlement Director of the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA. Hussain is a Dari Farsi accredited interpreter and trainer, and is a Justice of the Peace.
Ms Erika Vickery OAM Mayor, Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Erika has been an elected member in local government for 17 years and elected as Mayor in 2010. She is the President of the Limestone Coast Local Government Association, Chairman of SAROC (South Australian Regional Organisation of Councils) and Board Member of LGA SA and RDA Limestone Coast. Naracoorte, which has a population of about 5,500, is home to many nationalities from all over the world, including approximately 400 humanitarian refugee migrants from Afghanistan and Erika has led the local council in playing an important role in welcoming and settling these migrants. She was born in Austria and immigrated with her family, settling in Naracoorte over 50 years ago. She has always been very community minded, receiving the Australia Day Citizenship Award in 1991 and Order of the Medal of Australia in 2017.
Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM Chief Executive Officer, AMRC
Eugenia has 40 years of work experience across a number of sectors focusing on multicultural policy research and review, leadership management, including in mental health, education, the arts, and employment and training. As Director of the Migrant Workers Centre, her work furthered Migrant Woman’s Employment, Training and Participation, and Managing Cultural Diversity in the Workplace. Over the past 20 years, Eugenia has overseen the expanding work of the AMRC, ensuring its critical leadership position in South Australia’s social, cultural and economic development. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Services to Multiculturalism in 1994, the ZONTA Woman of the Year Award (2007) and the Governors Multicultural Award, Individual Achiever of the Year (2012). Eugenia was a founding member of the Settlement Council of Australia and a current aboard member. She has contributed to a considerable number of State and Commonwealth Boards, and Advisory Committees. Eugenia received the inaugural Harmony Alliance Award in 2017 for life long achievement in empowering and supporting migrant and refugee women, and was also named on the 2017 South Australian Women's Honour Roll.