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Our team

RCOA Staff


  • Chief Executive Officer: Paul Power (Sydney)
  • Deputy Chief Executive Officer: Adama Kamara (Sydney, from January 2021)

Policy team

  • Director of Policy and Research: Rebecca Eckard (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer: Asher Hirsch (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer: Sahar Okhovat (Sydney)

Community Engagement team

  • Director of Community Engagement: Deena Yako (Sydney)
  • Policy Officer: Shukufa Tahiri (Sydney)
  • Project Manager: Michelle Ferns (Melbourne)

Communications team

  • Director of Strategy, Communications and Fundraising: Kelly Nicholls (Sydney)
  • Media and Campaigns Coordinator: Laura Stacey (Melbourne)
  • Campaigns & Digital Coordinator: Samuel Dariol (Melbourne)
  • Partnerships and Relationships Manager: Georgie McGrillen (Sydney)
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Rnita Dacho (Sydney)

Administration team

  • Office Manager: Rebecca Langton (Sydney)
  • Accounting Officer: Martyn Green (Sydney)

The Refugee Council of Australia has a small staff, based in our offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Please note that most of our staff work part-time.

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