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 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. 

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.

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.