Executive Committee

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Sajjad Versi, BSc Eng, C Eng, MIET

President

Sajjad Versi (BSc Eng, C Eng, MIET) was born and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and has been elected the President of HARDA on resignation of Dr Mohamud Sheikh. He migrated to Australia in 1983. He is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with long experience nationally and internationally. Socially, he was a member of Round Table (Dar es Salaam), Lions Club (Five Dock), Apex (St George). He was involved with Children’s workplace charity and other social programs in Australia. He has also previously worked with HARDA in the role of the Executive Director.

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Dr Degeufe Hailu, B.Dent.

Vice President

After completion of his secondary schooling, Dr Hailu was awarded a scholarship by the  Greek Government and graduated in dentistry from the University of Salonika. He practised as a dentist for a short time in Greece then, unable to return safely to war torn Ethiopia, he migrated to Australia where he was a founding member of the Ethiopian Community Association in New South Wales. Unable to fund the very expensive re-training required to qualify for dental registration in Australia, he now works as a multi-lingual interpreter.

Linda Ning M.Comm

Treasurer

Linda has a Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). She works as a Finance Officer at the Sydney Local Health District. She also manages the accounts of an affiliated Research organisation and NGO payments.
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Michael Muhlbauer

Secretary

Michael is a Franco Australian who has worked for many years for large organisations in both the commercial and Government sectors. Prior to retirement he acted as a Project Leader for a number of large financial and risk management projects.
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Mohammed Omar, B.A., M.Ed

Executive Member

Mohammed came to Australia from Somalia as an eight year old child. Now at the age of thirty he has a BA and a Master’s Degree in Education and is a high school teacher with the NSW Department of Education. He was the Cultural & Anti-Racism Officer with the University of Western Sydney Students’ Association (2005-2006).

Mohammed started HARDA’s youth arm, Horn of Africa Youth Agency of Australia and was its inaurgural  Chairman. Mohammed was also president of HARDA in 2012.

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Abrar Ahmad

Executive Member

Abrar Ahmad is a youth worker at a crisis accommodation center. He has a bachelor of Social Science from the University of Western Sydney.
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Anna Dimo

Executive Member

Anna Dimo was born in Wau, South Sudan in 1964 and graduated as teacher in 1983. Anna married in 1985 and was forced to move to Khartoum because of the war. While in Khartoum, Anna was the Principal of a school for refugees. When the situation became unsafe in Khartoum, Anna escaped to Alexandria, Egypt, where she was a refugee for ten years. In Egypt, Anna volunteered at the Catholic Church as the sacramental coordinator for refugees. After much hardship and suffering, Anna applied to UNHCR for refugee status. In 2000, Anna arrived in Sydney with eight children, five of her own, in the same year she was the leader of the Aweil community for 5 years and leader of the women’s sector for 4 years. 2003 – 2009 saw Anna employed in Catholic schools as a Teacher Aide supporting Sudanese children as they settled into school. Since 2009, Anna has been the Manager of the St. Bakhita Centre.
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Carmel Clarke

Assoc Executive Member

Carmel is a key member of the Secretariat (Community Relations) and HARDA’s longest serving volunteer. She has extensive social welfare and community service experience. She is also the Personal Assistant on a volunteer basis to Phil Glendinning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre & President of the Refugee Council of Australia.
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Cindy Larson B.A.Hons

Assoc Executive Member

Cindy worked in the finance industry, most recently in Marketing and as a Futures Trader at Brandywine Asset Management in the US and prior to that on the Futures desk and in the Economics Division of Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Cindy has been an active volunteer for many years and has served as: Union County Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund (NYC, USA); Friend of NJ SEEDS (NJ, USA); Volunteer Coordinator for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (NJ/NYC); as well as class parent and year coordinator at her children’s schools. She is currently a volunteer at the St Bakhita Centre as well as HARDA.
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Dr Mohamud Sheikh MIPH MHSc PhD

Immediate Past President / Overseas Consultant

Dr Mohamud Sheikh is a Senior Lecturer in International Health, Tropical and Infectious diseases at SPHCM, UNSW. He graduated from the University of Sydney with double Master in Health Sciences and International Public health and a doctorate in public health.

Dr Sheikh has established himself as a leader in research and intervention to improve the health of immigrants and refugees. His research focuses on immigrants and refugees health within CRE specific projects and has extensive links and networks with key refugee and migrant groups in Australia. His other research interest include, infectious diseases research (such as TB, Malaria, Vaccine Preventable diseases among other), International Health Development, Infectious Diseases Outbreak Investigation and Humanitarian Emergencies, Public Health Anthropology, Human Rights and Public Health, Tropical Diseases Surveillance and Control among other. He has had several peer reviewed publications and also reviews for several international health journals.

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Dr John Cornwall, B.VSc.

Consultant to board (CEO Emeritus)

Dr Cornwall was in private veterinary practice in Mt Gambier and Adelaide until 1975 when  he was elected to the South Australian Parliament. He was the South Australian Minister of Health from 1982 to 1988, CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association 1989-1992, Director of the Australian Youth Foundation 1992-1995 and Managing Consultant of Delta Society Australia from 1996. He retired in 2007 and joined HARDA as a volunteer.

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Ahmed Mohamed, MBA

Executive Director

Having migrated to Australia in the late 1980s, Ahmed Mohamed migrated to Australia in the late 1980s, he comes with a wealth of experience and skills that he accumulated over the many years (nearly 30 years) of humanitarian work and community service especially for the African communities in Australia and overseas(in fact currently across all states). He selflessly volunteers for various organisations especially Australian Somali Community Association based in Auburn. He has an MBA and is currently a consultant on government financial regulations – HAWALA. He has also in the past worked for multinational organisations such as the United nations and various other agencies.