Azmeena Hussain OAM
Azmeena Hussain OAM is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and Non-Executive Director at Football Victoria.
She is listed in the prestigious Doyle’s Guide as a preeminent Australian personal injuries lawyer and is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist as well as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
She is an outgoing Director and Trustee of the Victorian Womens’ Trust, Deputy Chair at inTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence, Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee, Australia Day Awards judge panellist, AFL Multicultural Ambassador and Vice President of the Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria. She has been recognised for her social impact work and received a number of awards including a Women’s Governance scholarship by the Victorian Government.
Moustafa Fahour OAM
Founder and Director
He has over 15 years of experience in the banking industry, construction, management and has held senior roles with CIMIC Group, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank, UBS and Citigroup.
Moustafa is the author of Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection and The Journey: Establishing Australia’s First Islamic Museum. He is the Executive Producer of the Boundless Plains: The Australian Muslim Connection documentary.
He was recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) by the Australian Government in 2015, was selected as one of The World’s Most Influential Young Arabs under the age of 40, by Arabian Business and the distinguished Alumni Award by La Trobe University in 2016.
Jevan has been with Viva Energy since 2015 having led the organisation through IPO in 2018. Prior to becoming CFO, Jevan was responsible for corporate finance and played a lead role in the IPO of Viva Energy REIT. Before joining Viva Energy, Jevan worked at Ernst & Young in assurance and business services across a range of industries including property, retail, energy and not-for-profit.
Jevan is a Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce from Monash University and is a director of several not-for-profit organisations and two companies part owned by Viva Energy.
Prof. Abdullah Saeed AM
Among his publications are: Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Islam and Human Rights (edited, 2012), Islamic Political Thought and Governance (edited, 2011); The Qur’an: An Introduction (2008); and Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach (2006).
He is currently a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia. He contributes to print and electronic media on Islamic issue, has a wide range of professional and research relationships around the world, and is on the editorial board of several international refereed journals. He was awarded an Order of Australia (AM) in 2013 for significant service to tertiary education in the field of Islamic studies, and to the community, particularly through the promotion of interfaith dialogue.
He is currently a Director in the international advisory firm, Deloitte in their Financial Services and Investment group and also served as a Special Counsel in the firm’s legal practice, Deloitte Lawyers. He has held senior appointments with the Islamic bank, Kuwait Finance House and Australian top tier law firm, King and Wood Mallesons.
He co-founded Amanah Islamic Finance, a home finance provider with committed finance of more than $100 million which provides Islamic financial solutions across Australia.
Huss Mustafa OAM
He holds a Diploma of Business Studies Majoring in Accounting; Post Graduate Diploma in Financial Services Management and a Master of Management. He is a Fellow at the Institute of Public Accountants and the Honorary Chair and Patron of The Australian Turkish Business Council, an organisation he established and served as President for 11 years. Huss also serves on a number of Government and Non Government boards both In Victorian and NSW. Huss has also served a four year term as a Commissioner at the Victorian Multicultural Commission and in 2015 was appointed by the Victorian Government as an Australia Day Ambassador.
Padmini Sebastian OAM
She previously led the award winning Immigration Museum and established it as an internationally recognised dynamic cultural centre. Padmini is also is Co-Chair (Culture and Community) of the ADC Rwanda Advisory Committee. She is a Churchill Fellow and was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to multiculturalism and the community.
Farah’s professional experience spans the community sector and media. Since April 2020, she’s worked as the Director of Community Engagement at Tenants Victoria, the peak body for the state’s tenants, helping shape the organisation’s pandemic responses. Prior to this, she was Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy, at the national anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
As a senior journalist at The Age until 2012, her newsroom career included covering social and legal issues, working as a political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery and Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery, and international assignments for The Age and sister paper The Sydney Morning Herald.
Farah is also the board chair of The Social Studio, a Collingwood-based social enterprise and fashion label working with young people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds. She has degrees in law and arts from the University of Adelaide.
Ameera Ismail is the Director of Publications at Muslim Legal Network (Victoria). She has a track record of emerging leadership, and in 2020, spent three months as a visiting professional in the appeals chamber of the International Criminal Court, The Hague.
In 2016, she participated in the youth development program on the STS Young Endeavour, sailing from Esperance to Adelaide. She is passionate about the intersection between human rights and the law, and has volunteered at organisations such as Prisoners Legal Service, LawRight, Disability Law Queensland, and the Queensland Council for Civil Liberties. She was an executive member of QCCL between 2016 and 2017.
Ameera is admitted as a lawyer in Queensland, and has degrees in arts and law from the University of Queensland.
Ahmed Fahour AO
Ahmed is also an active member of Australia’s Muslim community. He is an Australian Special Envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. In January 2017, Ahmed was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to business, and as a supporter of improved multicultural relations.
Dr Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO
He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multifaith Council, Board Member of the European Multicultural Foundation, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador.
He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University in 2006.