Meet the Board of the Islamic Museum. Our Board Members bring a wealth of experience and expertise, assisting the staff and volunteers to meet Museum objectives.
Moustafa Fahour OAM
Moustafa Fahour OAM is the founder of Islamic Museum of Australia and was formerly the CEO and Managing Director of one of the leading diversified international contractors in the Middle East, based in Dubai.
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.
Azmeena Hussain is a Principal at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.
She is the Deputy Chair of InTouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and a 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, Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee, Judge on the Australia Day Awards, AFL Multicultural Ambassador, Vice President of the Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria and Director of the Southern Migrant Resource Centre. In 2015 and 2017, she was awarded a Victorian Women’s Governance scholarship by the Victorian Government.
Prof. Abdullah Saeed AM
Professor Abdullah Saeed AM is currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities.
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.
Asad is a Melbourne based lawyer and finance professional with more than 20 years of experience as an adviser to some of the world’s largest banks, investment and infrastructure funds in South East Asia and the Middle East. He is a leading Islamic finance advisor and has advised on more than $1 billion of successfully implemented Australian Islamic finance transactions.
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
Huss is a very proud Australian with a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 10. Huss has 44 years of service with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia is now both a Senior Executive and the General Manager, Multicultural Community Banking Australia, a division that he initiated in establishing in August 2016.
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.
Miriam Silva holds a number of positions on boards and committees including: Chair of the SA Premier’s Council for Women; University of SA Council; University of SA Audit and Risk Committee; the SA Film Corporation Board and; Malek Fahd Islamic School Board. She volunteers with a number of organisations including the Muslim Women’s Association of SA and Rotary.
Miriam is also a member of the South Australian Women’s Honour Roll 2011; one of the inaugural 100 Women of Influence; winner of the Governor’s Multicultural Award for the Private Sector 2012; Patron and a Life Member of the International Women’s Day Association (SA); the Multicultural Patron for the SA Police Academy and; a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Padmini Sebastian OAM
Padmini Sebastian OAM is Director, Civic and Community Engagement with the University of Melbourne. She is a civic and cultural leader whose experience spans the performing arts, media and museum sectors with a focus on cultivating relationships and building partnerships. She has established extensive national and international networks to create cross-disciplinary and intercultural initiatives.
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.
Jevan is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of ASX listed company, Viva Energy Australia where he is responsible for finance, tax, treasury, procurement and investor relations and corporate strategy.
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.
Farah Is the Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy, at the national anti-poverty group the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Prior to this, she was a senior journalist at The Age. Her diverse career in the newsroom included covering social affairs, law and justice issue and working as a political journalist in the Canberra Press Gallery and Victorian Parliamentary Press Gallery. Farah’s international assignments for The Age and sister paper The Sydney Morning Herald include covering the aftermath of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami in Asia.
Farah is also the board chair of The Social Studio, a Collingwood-based social enterprise and fashion label working with young people from refugee backgrounds. She has degrees in law and arts from the University of Adelaide.
Ahmed Fahour AO
Ahmed Fahour AO is the Managing Director of Latitude Financial. He has held many other appointments during his career notably: Director of Boston Consulting Group; Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Alternative Investments; Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for NAB; and Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australia Post. He has also previously served as a Director of the Carlton Football Club, Board Member of Methodist Ladies College, Chair of the Council for Australian-Arab Relations, and Non-Executive Director of the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In 2014, Ahmed was appointed as an Adjunct Professor in the La Trobe University Business School.
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
Hass Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity.
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.