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Our Team

RCOA Staff


Policy team

  • Director of Policy and Research: Rebecca Eckard (Melbourne)
  • Special Advisor: Ahmad Shuja Jamal (Brisbane)
  • Senior Policy Advisor: Dr Louise Olliff (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer: Asher Hirsch (Melbourne)
  • Senior Policy Officer: Sahar Okhovat (Sydney)

Community Engagement team

  • Director of Community Engagement: Deena Yako (Sydney)
  • Project Officer: Samah Shda (Sydney)

Communications team

  • Director of Strategy, Communications and Fundraising: Kelly Nicholls (Sydney)
  • Digital and Campaigns Officer: Molly Jureidini (Adelaide)
  • Digital Fundraising Officer: Afiqah Rozali (Melbourne)
  • Media and Communications Officer: Will Martin (Sydney)
  • Partnerships and Relationships Manager: Georgie McGrillen (Sydney)
  • Fundraising Coordinator: Rnita Dacho (Sydney)
  • Brand and Marketing Advisor: Caroline Batchler (Sydney)

Administration team

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

The Refugee Council of Australia has a small staff, working across Australia.

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

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