Board Members

Waqas Durrani
Waqas Durrani is a dedicated and committed volunteer who has spent countless hours since his arrival in Australia to organise various events promoting human rights and multicultural events. His passion is youth education, employment and empowerment. He has contributed to an astonishing array of activities not only in his academic life and career, but also in the wider community of Australia by his advocacy for human rights and people coming from CALD and NESB backgrounds.
Hina Durrani
Senior Vice-Chairperson
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 
Vice Chairperson
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.

Joel Ortiz


Joel Ortiz moved to Tasmania from Philippines and is currently in a state role of providing support to communities from CALD background and is very passionate about serving communities.
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.
John Kamara
Board Member
John Kamara is originally from Sierra Leone.  He successfully resettled in Tasmania in 2004, with his wife from Ghana. John and his wife have three children. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Sociology at the University of Tasmania in 2008. John also recently completed Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management at Flinders University South Australia. He is currently working for the Department of Human Health Services, Child Safety Services (CSS) as a Senior Child Safety Practitioner in Hobart.
Vajra Hong Hao
Board Member
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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.

Nazli Sheikh

Board Member

Nazli strongly believes in human rights and has faith in living in a borderless world. She is against racism and discrimination and tries her best to advocate equality in society. Nazli has more than 8 years’ experience working in NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations), and she hopes that the world becomes a better place to live in future. She has been graduated from UTAS in 2013 in Master of International Business.

Muthukumar Nachiappan

Board Members

Amin Safa

Board Member



Amin Safa has been an active member of the Tasmanian community since he arrived in 2014. Originally from Afghanistan,  Amin is the President of the Hazara Community of Southern Tasmania and has extensive experience providing practical support to his Community, advocating on behalf of its members, organising events such as participation in Taste of the World, organising community projects and representing the Community at various forums. He works in small business helping to establish Gormanston Road Store, a food business employing Hazara people in Moonah. He believes strongly in working with people’s strengths and his goal is for a vibrant, independent Hazara Community that is self sustaining and has strong foundations for the future.
Yongbei Tang
Board Member

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.

Khushpreet Singh
Board Member

Khushpreet Singh is the owner of Nicolatte Cafe in Hobart, Tasmania. Khushpreet is a member of the Guru Nanak  Sikh Society of Tasmania. He graduated from Federation University in Ballarat, Victoria with a Masters of Mining Engineering in 2016. Khushpreet moved to Australia in 2014 and stayed in Melbourne for one year then decided to move close to his family in Hobart in 2015.

Harpreet Gill
Board Member
Harpreet is a Lawyer at Butler McIntyre & Butler Lawyers. She migrated from Malaysia in 2005 and completed her high school and university studies in Australia. She speaks Mandarin, Bahasa Indonesia, Bahasa Malaysia, Hindi and Punjabi.

Harpreet is an executive member of the Indian Cultural Society of Tasmania.   In her spare time, she enjoys travelling and sport.

James Chin
Board Member
James Chin is Director, Asia Institute of Tasmania, University of Tasmania. He has extensive experiences in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. Prior to an academic career, he worked as a financial journalist.