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.

Rene Kling
Vice Chairperson


René Kling is Dutch by birth and is a Lecturer  in Applied Business and Course Coordinator for Applied Business Online for the University of Tasmania – University College. His background includes working at senior management levels in public and private sector organisations, as a Senior Management Consultant for a national consulting firm, and running his own consulting and training business for over 18 years.

René’s qualifications include an MBA, a Masters of Law in Public Procurement Law and Policy, a Masters of E-Commerce, a Master of Business in Logistics Management, and a Masters in History and is currently undertaking a PhD.

René has a strong history in chairing and leadership roles with professional organisations; he is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (FIML), as well as a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (FCIPS) and holds a number of other professional memberships. 

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.

Jade Li

Jade moved to Hobart in 2018 with her family. Before then, she was a community activist in Gold Coast, QLD. Trained as a geographer and a journalist, Jade is passionate about social inclusion and multicultural community development. Her passion was cultivated through personal experience: While in Gold Coast, her windowed mum visited but felt very isolated. Later, Jade discovered that many  migrant families face the same situation. So she started a multicultural garden as a meeting place for social inclusion. It was a big success and very rewarding for her.

Previously, Jade worked in university and local government jobs. Her experiences in these institutions enabled her to find creative solutions while navigating through existing systems.

After moving to Hobart, Jade has been volunteering in the Multicultural Hub, teaching everyday English to migrant Chinese seniors. During the process, she made more connections with the wider community.  Becoming the secretary of MCOT would allow her to transform passion into specific tasks, applying her professional skills to community projects. Jade is looking forward to working with other board members to make MCOT an effective voice AND an action leader for the multicultural community!

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 Member

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Muthukumar Nachiappan resides from Tamil Nadu, Southern part of India. He currently works in Clarence City Council as System Analyst.

He is fondly passionate about cricket and is the Founder and President of Weily Park Rockers Cricket Club since 2013 which acts as a club for International students from different Cultural backgrounds to play Cricket in Hobart at competitive level. He is also actively involved with Southern Cricket Association (SCA) and is currently the Treasurer of SCA that comprises of 28 clubs plying their trade in different grades with a total of 60 teams involving teams and players from different backgrounds.

He was instrumental in bringing many Indian movies to Hobart, which started to pull lot of families into the culture of watching movies in big screens and to add to his credit, he organised the screening of first ever premier show of a Tamil movie in Village cinemas.

He is extremely passionate about improving the standards of our society and has served the role of Treasurer in Rotaract Club of Sandy Bay from 2014 till 2016, he still continues working with the club organising events and contributing towards community works as a honorary member. To add to his accolades, he was involved in different fundraisers which includes – ’Cocktail for a cause’ – fundraising against Malaria,  ‘Hat Day’- a fundraising activity to support Australian Rotary Health, Fundraising BBQ/cupcake stall RSPCA Cupcake Day, Fundraising BBQs for – Disaster Aid sky-hydrant water supply system, Philippines Typhoon Relief Appeal and many others. 

He is an avid runner and has participated in the fundraising marathons and raised funds for Cancer Council, Autism Tasmania and Beyond Blue in addition to his activities with Rotaract club.

His objective/motto is to contribute towards the community comprising people from different ethnical and Cultural backgrounds. His believe is if everyone can do their bit towards the upliftment of the community, it will lead to a community who are emotionally satisfied and successful. 


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.

Rose Kling
Board Member


James Eaves
Board Member

My extensive, and impressive 30+ years record of success as an Information Technology, Project Professional, and successful business owner are testament of my executive level competencies. I’m passionate about delivering exceptional client service and with proven ability to build strong customer relationships, have directly contributed to the growth and achievements for organisations I have worked with through the ability to communicate effectively across all levels, and always exemplifying flexibility, honesty and integrity.

 I’m looking forward to making significant contribution to MCOT.

Dennis Zheng
Board Member


Arman Onick
Board Member

Arman is a University of Tasmania graduate with a major in management and accounting and is currently working at the Department of State Growth. Arman has also worked at the University of Tasmania in Career Development and has taken various student leadership capacities at the University of Tasmania. He has served as an International Peer Leader under the supervision of the International Student Advisers and successfully helped international students settling in their transition and retention periods. Arman is a great collaborator and loves to work with diverse communities. He has also represented CPA Australia and University of Tasmania as an ambassador. Arman is a very good sportsperson and he likes cricket. His dream is to see a respectful and united Australia with people of diversified cultures. He is a young, energetic and enthusiastic person who loves to work for the communities. Because of his characters, outstanding contribution to communities and welfare of students of the University of Tasmania, he has received Vice- Chancellor Leadership Award. 

Ardalan Saraf
Board Member