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 
Immediate Past Chair
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.

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.

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.

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.

Khushpreet has previously held jobs in retail outlets such as Coles and BP. Khushpreet has also completed his Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of East London in the United Kingdom.

In his spare time, Khushpreet enjoys a good happy hour with friends, listening to music, practicing basketball, and seeking adventures outdoors. Today with his unique set of creative and interpersonal skills he uses his ability to connect with  diverse groups of people while employing critical thinking in problem solving scenarios.

Hina Durrani
Board Member
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.

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.

She is passionate about fostering multiculturalism and assisting others to integrate into the society and contribute positively.

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.



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. John has worked for the Department since April 2009. Previously, he worked at the Migrant Resource Centre in Northern Tasmania between 2006 and 2009 as Bi-Cultural Youth Officer.

As a member of the CALD community, John continues to serve the migrant community and the local Tasmania community both culturally and professionally. He managed the African Community Council in Tasmania for over 3 years between 2009 and 2013. Currently he is a member of the Glenorchy City Council Multicultural Advisory Committee. John is also the General Secretary of the Tasmania Sierra Leone Committee. In these roles he has liaised with government services such as the Department of Immigration and Social Services, NGO’s DHHS, Centrelink, and the Police to monitor and support the welfare needs of Tasmania, most especially migrants.

John have a wide range of multicultural skills and experiences and a very strong motivation to advocate for social justice.

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.

Marina Ladaniwskyj
Board Member
For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in different cultures, and languages.  My honours thesis studied the experiences of Displaced Persons to Tasmania 1948 -1952, a time when many Eastern European refugees arrived in Australia.  My grandparents came to Tasmania in 1949, and our family has been heavily involved in the Ukrainian community ever since.  Additionally, over the last eight years, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working with humanitarian entrants from a variety of backgrounds through the HSS program at CatholicCare, and will be continuing work in Multicultural Employment Services  in the coming months.  In my current capacity as President of the Association of Ukrainians in Tasmania, and newly elected Board member at MCOT, I look forward to the opportunity to bring our newly arrived and more established communities closer together.  We are only as strong as we are united!
Nadia Azizabadi
Board Member
 Nadia Azizabadi is the founder of “From Zero to Hero” project which focuses on adult immigrants who doesn’t know how to swim to train them to become a competitive water-sport player. Nadia studied social science in university of Tehran-Iran and Computer Science in UCSI university-Malaysia and worked as a web developer, event coordinator and interpreter with the certificate of Mental Health interpreting & Court interpreting. Upon leaving her home country she found out about her skills and passion on watersports. Currently she is a qualified swim instructor, underwater hockey player and scuba diver. She wants to help people become the hero of their yesterday and recently found this in assisting adult immigrants to get to know about water sports through a project named: “From Zero to hero”. Moreover, she is the secretary of the Iranian Australian Community Association of Southern Tasmania and acted as an ambassador in Harmony week 2017. She has extensive experience volunteering in communities and activities for people from diverse backgrounds.
Amin Safa
Board Member