His Honour Judge Rauf Soulio Chairperson, AMRC
His Honour Judge Soulio is a judge of the District Court of SA, with concurrent appointments to the Equal Opportunity Tribunal and the Licensing Court of SA. He is a founding member of the national Judicial Council on Cultural Diversity and Chair of the national Cultural Diversity Justice Network. He has previously served as Chair of the Australian Multicultural Council, as a member of the National Access and Equity Inquiry Panel, the National Anti-Racism Partnership Strategy, the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board and the Aged Care Reform Implementation Council. Judge Soulio is an arbitrator in the international Court of Arbitration for Sport. He is a member of the executive of the Australian Judicial Officers Association, the Program Advisory Committee of the NJCA, and the Courts Interpreter User Group.
Ms Elizabeth Ho OAM FUniSA Deputy Chairperson, AMRC
In Elizabeth’s long career in state public and university sectors, she has always applied cultural diversity values, and ensured that multicultural policy and services are reflected in her responsibility portfolio. She is a long serving Deputy Chair of the AMRC. She is the appointed Chair of the History Trust of SA, a government statutory authority, and voluntary Chair of the Migration Museum Foundation Inc. She has previously served on the Palliative Care SA Board. She was 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 has co-authored a book and many articles with internationally recognised chef, Cheong Liew OAM. She is listed on the SA Women’s Honour Roll. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to education and women in 2012, and was appointed a Fellow of the University of South Australia in 2014.
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.
Ms Raghad Dib Chairperson, Multicultural Youth Link SA
Raghad was resettled in South Australia in 2016. She studied at the Adelaide Secondary School of English and completed a Certificate III in Business. She achieved an exceptional ATAR score and is currently studying a Bachelor of Medical Science (vision science) Masters of Optometry through Flinders University. Raghad is Chairperson of Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLSA) and is also part of the AMRC Volunteer Training Program. She teaches at Arabic Ethnic School based at Pinnacle College on the weekends.
Mr Mabok Deng Mabok Marial
Mabok arrived in Australia over a decade ago as a refugee. He has served as Chairperson of the Rumbek Community Welfare Association of South Australia (2004 to 2008), Secretary General of the Sudanese Community Association (1999 to 2001) and President of the Sudanese Community Association (2008-2011). Mabok was one of the founders of the South Australian Chapter and served as the Public Relation Secretary (1999 to 2005). He helped establish the African Communities Council of South Australia (ACCSA) in 1999 and served as Vice Chairperson of ACCSA (2008 to 2011) and later Chairperson until 2020. Mabok 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 customer service officer for DHS-Centrelink. He currently works in the Community Engagement Unit at Services Australia. Mabok is a Divisional advisory Board Member of the South Australian Red Cross, Co-Patron of the South Sudan Human Right Development Organisation in Australia and has also been appointed to the interim Adelaide Diocesan Pastoral Council.
Ms Vahedeh Mansoury Chairperson, Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA
Vahedeh supports victims of domestic violence through Women’s Safety Services SA. She is Chairperson for the Middle Eastern Communities Council of SA, co-Chair for the Australian Kurdish Associations of SA and Deputy Chair and Treasurer for the Kurdish Women’s Committee. Her professional memberships have included the International Women’s Day Committee, Council of Migrant and Refugee Women of SA (CMRW), member for the National Council for Women SA and a committee member for Southern Domestic Violence Action Group (SDVAG), representing workplace.
Dr Annette Osei-Kumah Manager, African Communities Council of SA
Annette holds a bachelor degree in Biomedical Science (Hons) and a PhD from the University of Newcastle, NSW. Annette has 12 years’ experience working across various tertiary institutions and teaching hospitals in Australia and overseas. She is recognised nationally and internationally for her work, which has won her numerous awards. Annette serves as the President of Ghanaian Women’s Group, Secretary of the Ghanaian Association of South Australia and management committee member for the African Women’s Federation of SA. She has a passion in advocating for equitable access for all migrants in every sphere particularly for women and children. She is currently working part-time with Northern Adelaide Local Health Network and part-time as the Manager of the African Communities Council of South Australia, poised to working in solidarity to promote inclusion and diversity. In 2012, Annette was named one of the 200 most influential Africans in South Australia for her professional and voluntary work.
Mr Hussain Razaiat President, Afghan United Association of SA
Hussain arrived as a refugee in Australia in 2001, and 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, Persian and Hazaragi accredited interpreter and trainer, and is a Justice of the Peace. Hussain was the joint winner of 2020 Governor’s Multicultural Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement. He was appointed a member of South Australian Multicultural Commission and a member of the Advisory Panel on Australia’s Resettlement of Afghan Nationals.
Ms Erika Vickery OAM Mayor, Naracoorte Lucindale Council
Erika is the Mayor of Naracoorte Lucindale Council. She has been an elected member since 2000 and first 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, RDA Limestone Coast and Country Arts SA. Naracoorte Lucindale district, which has a population of about 8,500, is home to many nationalities from all over the world, including approximately 400 humanitarian refugee migrants from Afghanistan and Erika has led the local community 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 Ke Wang Secretary, Overseas Chinese Association of SA
Ke Wang came to Australia as a student from China in 2005. Ke has volunteered at the South Australia China Friendship Society and the Overseas Chinese Association, where she was fortunate to serve as school principal at the Chinese School. She also established other Chinese School branches in Burnside in 2018 and Murray Bridge in 2019. She successfully organised several events to celebrate Chinese Culture Day and Children’s Day. Ke has also participated and supported other community events and, importantly, she understands the importance of multicultural integrity.
Dr Evelyn Yap Partner, Benson Radiology; President, Malaysia Club of SA; President, Australia Malaysia Business Council SA
Dr Evelyn Yap is a Partner at Benson Radiology, Senior Staff Consultant at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Senior Visiting Medical Specialist at BreastScreen SA. Evelyn first arrived in Adelaide as a secondary school student and has subsequently called Adelaide home for more than 30 years. She is actively involved in a range of professional, charitable and community organisations. Evelyn is a committee member and former President of the Australian Chinese Medical Association SA and the Malaysia Club of South Australia. She was Trustee of the ACMASA Foundation from 2014–2021. She was a nominee for the South Australia Women’s Honour Roll in 2011, and has helped MC the inaugural Chinatown Lunar New Year Street Party. Evelyn is a dual qualified medical specialist, a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) and a Fellow of the Australasian Association of Nuclear Medicine Specialist. She was the convenor of the 1300 delegate RANZCR Annual Scientific meeting in 2015. She is a current examiner for the fellowship exit exams and an assessor of the overseas qualified medical specialists for RANZCR.
Mr Denis Yengi CPA Financial Consultant, in the Department of Primary Industries and Regions
Denis is a highly respected leader with a long professional career as a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) in the public sector, most recently as Financial Consultant within the South Australian government. In 2016, he became the first person of African descent elected to CPA Australia South Australian Divisional Council, an advisory body responsible for contributing to the strategy and direction of CPA Australia. This makes him a valuable member of the AMRC Executive team. Denis is passionate about the interest of South Australia’s diverse communities and has contributed significantly in a variety of roles. He is currently a member of the South Australian Multicultural Commission and President of the African Communities Council of South Australia, a peak body representing over 35 communities from across the African continent. Denis believes every young person deserve a chance to pursue his or her dream in Australia. He uses his personal and professional experiences to inspire young South Australians to strive for their dreams. Denis holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Acc & Fin) from Flinders University and a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) Australia Designation status.
Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM Chief Executive Officer, AMRC
Eugenia has over 50 years of work experience focused on multicultural policy research and change management within a human rights framework. She has held leadership positions in the mental health, education, arts, and employment and training sectors. In the Education Department of South Australia, she led transition education for vulnerable young people. As Director of the Migrant Workers Centre, she furthered migrant women’s employment, training and participation, and managed cultural diversity in the workplace. She was at the forefront of cultural development in the arts, being a member of the inaugural CALD Advisory Committee to the Australia Council for the Arts. At the same time, she undertook research through the Department of Premier and Cabinet - Multicultural Affairs. Over the past 25 years, Eugenia has overseen the expanding work of the AMRC in South Australia, supporting social, cultural and economic development and ensuring the AMRC’s critical leadership position in Australia’s settlement sector. Eugenia was a founding member of the Settlement Council of Australia. She has contributed to a considerable number of research reports, allied publications, and served on innumerable state and commonwealth boards and advisory committees. Eugenia was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for Services to Multiculturalism in the Arts in 1994, the 2007 ZONTA Woman of the Year Award and the 2012 Governor’s Multicultural Award - Individual Achiever of the Year. She was named on the 2017 Women's Honour Roll and received from her peers the inaugural Harmony Alliance Award in 2017 for lifelong achievement in empowering and supporting migrant and refugee women. She is a current member of the South Australian Multicultural Commission and was appointed Inaugural Life Member of the AMRC.