Refugee Council of Australia

2018 speakers

Our Race

Our Race is a cultural diversity training and consultancy social enterprise founded in November 2017 to create more cohesive and welcoming communities by sharing stories and engaging people in conversations about the...

Patrick Gifford

Patrick Gifford is an aspiring political scientist and social researcher, currently working on his Honours in Political Science at the University of New South Wales. Having a deep interest in anthropology and sociology...

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 at UNSW. Joyce was awarded...

Tom Yabio

Hi my name is Mebrahtom Yabio, but most people call me Tom. I am 27 Years old and I was born in a Refugee Camp in Sudan called Umrakuba. My father left Ethiopia 1970 because of the war and political unrest in Ethiopia...

Bwe Thay

Bwe Thay is a Burmese refugee who arrived in Australia in 2009. He is known both within Australia and internationally as a passionate advocate for the empowerment of fellow refugee migrants and asylum seekers through...

Josef Szwarc

Josef is Policy and Research Manager at the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture. He previously worked in a number of social policy and human rights positions in Australia and the UK. Josef will be joining the...

Marama Kufi

Marama Kufi fled the Oromia region, Ethiopia, in the 1980s as a refugee. After more than 10 years of refugee life, Marama migrated to Australia in 1999. Since arriving in Australia Marama has been both studying and...

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 focusses on RCOA’s international and...

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 Rohingya Organization...

Susan Alfayadh

As a person of a refugee background, Susan is especially passionate about creating change on the issues that affect the daily lives of people seeking asylum. Her personal experience has informed her...