Judge Rauf Soulio AM Chairperson, AMRC
Judge Soulio was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2006, with concurrent appointments to the Licensing Court, the Environmental Resources and Development Court, and the Equal Opportunity Tribunal.
Judge Soulio is a founding member of the national Judicial Council on Diversity and Inclusion which reports to the national Council of Chief Justices and develops frameworks, and provides advice and resources to ensure equality of treatment for all court users. He is also the national Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Justice Network. Judge Soulio has served as Chair of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre since 2002. Judge Soulio has previously served as Chair of the federal government’s Australian Multicultural Council advising government on multicultural policy, and interfaith and anti-racism programs.
He served as a member of the federal government’s ANZAC Centenary Advisory Council, National Aged Care Reform Implementation Council, and the Civil Society 20. He also served as a member of the Gender Equity Advisory Group for the Salvation Army from 2017-2019, and served as President of the Football Federation of South Australia between 2005-2016, and as Chair of the state government’s Boxing and Martial Arts Advisory Board between 2002-2020.
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 and was co-convenor of SA Refugee Week 2023. 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 Denis Yengi, FCPA Treasurer, AMRC
Denis is a highly respected leader with a long professional career as Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA) 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 communities from over 46 African countries. 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 Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA) Designation status with CPA Australia.
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 is originally from Syria, and was resettled in South Australia in 2016. Raghad studied at the Adelaide Secondary School of English and completed a Certificate III in Business. She is currently studying for a Bachelor of Medical Science (vision science) Master of Optometry through Flinders University. Raghad has been a Chairperson of Multicultural Youth Link SA (MYLSA) and also part of the AMRC Volunteer Training Program for the past three years. She is currently working casually as an optical dispenser.
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, elected Committee member for the Australian Kurdish Association of SA and Deputy Chair and Treasurer for the Kurdish Women’s Committee. Her professional memberships have included the Council for Women of Diverse cultural background and member for the National Council for Women SA.
Mr Hussain Razaiat Chairperson, 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 the 2020 Governor's Multicultural Awards for Outstanding Individual Achievement. He was appointed a member of the South Australian Multicultural Commission and a member of the Advisory Panel on Australia's Resettlement of Afghan Nationals. Hussain holds a master's of Theology and is a current student of the Jurist Doctor course.
Mr Tukini Tavui CEO, Pacific Islands Council of South Australia
Tukini is originally from Fiji, and arrived in Sydney as a 16-year-old. He is a co-founder and CEO of the Pacific Islands Council of South Australia (PICSA). In addition to local Pacific Islander community development, support and capacity building, he oversees PICSA’s role in supporting some of the 40,000 Pacific Island workers who currently work in SA and WA. He is a member of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advisory group for the PALM program and co-founder and board member of the Pacific Islands National Council of Australia (PINCA). He has significant experience working in the youth justice system, started the Fijian Radio (5EBI) in 2006 and co-founded the Fijian School of Language and Culture in 2007.
Ms Erika Vickery OAM
Erika, who was born in Austria, is a strong advocate for the migrant community in regional South Australia, playing an important role in welcoming and settling migrants.
She has extensive experience in strategic planning and governance and a wide knowledge of migrant settlement in rural SA.
She is the former Mayor of Naracoorte Lucindale Council, serving as an elected member for 22 years. Her present state government appointments include Administrator for District Council of Coober Pedy and Commissioner of SA Local Government Grants and Boundaries Commissions.
Erika is a founding committee member of Limestone Coast Multicultural Network and volunteer with the Circle of Volunteers who work closely with the migrant women in Naracoorte.
She is a board member of Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast, Longridge Aged Care Board of Governance and a committee member of ac care Strategic Planning Committee.
Dr Evelyn Yap OAM Partner, Benson Radiology
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.
She was recognised in the Australia Day Honours List 2023 and received the Medal of the Order (Order of Australia Award) for service to the community and medicine.
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. She is the current President of the Australia Malaysia Business Council SA, Board member of the Australian Migrant Resource Centre, Board Member of the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation and is on the Advisory Board of CLCN. She was previous Trustee of the ACMASA Foundation from 2014- 2021. Evelyn is part of the SAHMRI PEP committee and committee member and former President of the Australian Chinese Medical Association SA and Malaysia Club of SA. She received the women of distinction award from Asia Pacific Business Council for women in 2019 and was a nominee for the South Australia Women’s Honour Roll in 2011 and has assisted as the MC of 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.
Ms Eugenia Tsoulis, OAM Life Member, 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. 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. 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 was appointed an Inaugural Life Member of the AMRC.
Ms Mirsia Bunjaku Chief Executive Officer, AMRC
Mirsia has over 18 years of work experience at the Australian Migrant Resource Centre and has held leadership positions in various programs across the organisation working with refugees, asylum seekers, people with disabilities, the elderly and other migrants. Her roles within AMRC included the management of Humanitarian Settlement Services (HSS), Status Resolution Support Services (SRSS), Complex Case Support (CCS), in service improvement and development such as Home Care Packages through My Aged Care, service provision through National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and employment initiatives such as Launch into Work, Women’s Employment into Action and management of the MRCWorks as an RTO. Having arrived in Australia as a Kosovar refugee, she is passionate about supporting and empowering migrants and refugees and developing stronger communities. She is currently on the Board of the Settlement Council of Australia and Palliative Care SA, Chair of the Woodville Gardens Governing Council, a member of the SA Ambulance Consumer and Community Advisory Committee and is a regular member of a number of networks within the Settlement and Health sectors. Mirsia’s tertiary qualifications include health sciences, community services, frontline management and training and assessment. With a wealth of information about diverse communities’ expectations and vulnerabilities, she is driven by the need for cultural understanding and safety to assist in the empowerment of refugees and migrants and better outcomes for all to belong and thrive.
Ms Alex Parken Deputy Chief Executive Officer, AMRC
Alex holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice and is admitted as a barrister and solicitor in the Supreme Court of South Australia. She has previously worked as a Judge’s Associate in the District Court of South Australia, in private legal practice as an Associate specialising in Insurance and Corporate Risk at Minter Ellison as well as providing pro bono legal services to the Housing Legal Clinic and Women’s Legal Service. In 2013 Alex started volunteering for AMRC in the Migration Program, and in 2014 commenced working as the AMRC Operations Manager. Since then she has held various Senior Management roles including Corporate Services Manager and Legal Counsel. She has expertise in contract management, not-for-profit compliance and corporate governance, and holds a current practising certificate as AMRC Legal Counsel. She provides legal advice to ensure that the AMRC meets all statutory and funding legal obligations.