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 was elected the President of HARDA on the resignation of Dr Mohamud Sheikh. Sajjad migrated to Australia in 1983. He is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with extensive national and international experience. He was a member of Round Table (Dar es Salaam), Lions Club (Five Dock), Apex (St George), and has been involved with a children’s workplace charity and other social programs in Australia. Sajjad was previously the Executive Director of HARDA.

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Carmel Clarke

Vice President

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 and President of the Refugee Council of Australia.

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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Michael Power

Executive Member

Michael is a filmmaker who has produced a number of short documentaries for HARDA like New Land New Life. He has a BA in Government and Public Administration and Australian Literature from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Directors Guild of Australia and has worked in feature films, documentaries and TV drama in Australia, Italy and the UK.
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Anna Dimo

Executive Member

Anna Dimo was born in Wau, South Sudan in 1964 and graduated as teacher in 1983. She married in 1985 and moved to Khartoum because of the war. Anna was the Principal of a school for refugees in Khartoum. When it became unsafe, she escaped to Alexandria, Egypt, where she was a refugee for 10 years. In Egypt, Anna volunteered as the Sacramental Coordinator for Refugees with the Catholic Church. Anna applied to the UNHCR for refugee status and, in 2000, arrived in Sydney with eight children, five of her own. From 2003 to 2009, she was a Teacher’s Aide supporting Sudanese children in Catholic schools. Since 2009, Anna has been the Manager of the St. Bakhita Centre.

 

 

 

Abdibasil Khatib

Executive Member

 

 

 

 

 Cindy Larson

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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Abrar Ahmad

Assoc Executive Member

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

Faduma Geddi

Assoc Executive Member

Fiona Carr

Assoc Executive Member

Girma Dabi

Assoc Executive Member

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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 Health Minister 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.

Ahmed Mohamed

Ahmed Mohamed, MBA

Executive Director

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