Board Members

Jafar Taheri
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Jafar Taheri is chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania.

Jafar previously studied and worked in the field of Economic Geology in Australia and abroad. Upon retiring from geology, Jafar completed a degree in counselling and worked as a Lifeline counsellor and crisis support worker for 13 years.

Jafar is the former president of the Iranian Australian Community Association of Southern Tasmania and is still involved as a representative. He has extensive experience working with people from culturally, linguistically and religiously diverse backgrounds.

Alphonse Toussaint Mulumba 
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Alphonse Mulumba has a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Tasmania and is currently completing his PhD.

Alphonse was employed in disability services in Tasmania and was the Public Relations Officer for the African Communities’ Council of Tasmania, prior to moving interstate.

Alphonse was the Chairperson of the Multicultural Council of Tasmania board from 2014 – August 2016.

Sonia Parra
Senior Vice Chairperson
Sonia Parra is the founder of Hobart Language Day and an organiser for the Latin American Film Festival in Tasmania.

Sonia coordinates the Spanish Radio Program on community radio station, Hobart FM 96.1. Sonia is also secretary to the Multicultural Broadcaster Inc, a freelance journalist and has worked with International Aid agencies through community development work.

Fred Pribac
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Fred Pribac is a scientist by profession and has worked as a CSIRO experimental scientist and consultant to governmental science advisory bodies.

Fred currently works for local council as a climate change officer and is involved in the delivery of climate change and community based education, sustainability and health focused projects.

Fred also devotes his time to working with community groups, teaching and preserving traditional folk music.

He is a strong advocate for multiculturalism and constructive approaches to supporting some of our most vulnerable communities.

Yongbei Tang
Yongbei Tang is a former Chinese newspaper journalist, who migrated to Australia over 18 years ago.

Yongbei is the editor of Chinese News Tasmania, a correspondent for SBS Radio’s Mandarin Program and president of the Chinese Cultural Society of Tasmania.

Reshma Dutta
Reshma Dutta has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Administration, a Masters of Taxation and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education.

Reshma is a qualified TESOL teacher and is skilled in training, conflict resolution and client contact. Reshma is a member to a number of organisations, and is on the board of the Association of Non-English Speaking Background Women of Australia. She is dedicated to contributing to community and enjoys working through new challenges.

Alan Yu
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Alan Yu has a degree in accounting and full membership to CPA Australia. He has experience in the tourism sector, not-for-profits, and volunteers at the State Library.

Alan believes his professional knowledge and experience will aid in ensuring the  Multicultural Council of Tasmania is an economically sustainable organisation

Daniel Geng
Board Member
Daniel Geng is currently completing a bachelor degree and is a member of the South Sudanese of Tasmania group.

Daniel is very involved in the wider community and has an interest in politics and multiculturalism.

Hina Durrani
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Hina Durrani is the Women’s Chair of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia and has a Masters of Public Administration.

Hina strongly believes in engaging women and children in higher education and has developed a passion for women’s rights, through her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Her priority is to improve opportunities for women and children through education and empowerment.

Ivan Matas 
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Ivan Matas has been involved with the Croatian Social Club for 25 years and is president of the Croatian Senior Citizens of Tasmania.

Ivan is a member of the Precinct, an advisory council to the Glenorchy City Council, and is involved with the National Ethnic Disability Alliance.
Ivan believes that all cultures have something positive to contribute to Australia, and believes in cooperation between communities, organisations and government.

Mega Fletcher
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Mega Fletcher is a representative of the Indonesian community in Tasmania.



Mithun Bacheval
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Mithun Chakravarthy has completed a Masters in Pharmaceutical Science at University of Tasmania, where he received a Golden Key award based on academic merit.

Previously Mithun has received a Rotary Youth Leadership Award and worked as an International Student Ambassador as a part of the City of Hobart and University of Tasmania Community Development program.

Mithun is passionate about health, education, and building sustainable, safe and happy communities. In his spare time Mithun also enjoys chess, debating, volunteer work and bollywood dance.

Rup Koirala
Board Member
Rup Koirala is chairperson of the Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania.

Rup has previously worked as a community bi-cultural worker and currently works as a support worker and interpreter.

Rup has a Certificate III in Aged and Disability Services, and education in community services, cultural safety and team building. He is passionate about utilising his skills in support of others and contributing to the growth of the Council.

Vajra Hong Hao
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Hong Hao is a PhD student at the University of Tasmania, School of Physical Sciences.

Hong Hao is also involved with Jin-Gang-Dyhana, a Buddhist meditation group promoting harmony, unity and peace between mankind.

Hong Hao is a student mentor and senior laboratory demonstrator, teaching all levels of chemistry. He is interested in science, exercise, health, ancient Chinese culture, and the promotion of multiculturalism.


Waqas Durrani
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Waqas Durrani has recently graduated in Masters of Professional Accounting Specialisation and is working in the financial industry.

Waqas is passionate about contributing to the youth of the community and representing multicultural and culturally and linguistically diverse communities. He believes in collaborating with other organisations and sharing the networks for an informed, inclusive and well heard society.