Abdul Karim Hekmat
Adbul Karim Hekmat arrived in Australia in 2001, after fleeing Hazara persecution in Afghanistan. Since then, he has become a Hazara community representative and participated in the debate on refugee issues through a range of forums. He is a published author, with his anthology ‘Alien Shores’ published in 2012, and has written articles for several newspapers including The Guardian and The Age. In his role as a Youth Development Worker at Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre, he aids young migrants to transition into Australian life and build their skills and confidence. Abdul is a Board Member of the Refugee Council of Australia (2014-current).
Alfred Kamara has had extensive experience in resettlement, including personal experience after he left his home country of Liberia as a result of civil conflict. As an Unaccompanied Minor in refugee camps in Guinea, he was the recipient of an International Rescue Committee scholarship and Albert Astraim scholarship allowing him to further his studies in Secretarial Science and French. He also established the Africa School of Computer Literacy to help other refugees improve their computer skills. He has continued to aid migrants in Australia through his work with Access Community Services in Queensland, as a Work Experience Coordinator (2017). Alfred is also involved in his local community as Secretary of the Liberian Association of Queensland, and member of the Management Committee of the Queensland African Football Association. Alfred participated in the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement (ATCR) as the community representative.