A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem was recipient of the 2013 “Woman of the Year” at the Australian Muslim Achievement awards. She was previously listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 ‘Movers and Shakers’ and one of The Australian Magazine’s ‘Top Ten Thinkers’.
Through her Consultancy Tasneem specialises in cultural competency training for government, corporate and community sectors. She is Chairperson of both the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights, Lentil as Anything, and a Director on the Board of Ambulance Victoria. .
Tasneem is the Senior Curator at the Islamic Museum of Australia following her curating in 2013/14 of Faith Fashion Fusion, at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum. Her 2013 TEDx Melbourne presentation ‘Don’t Believe the Hype: Exceed it’ earned her wide acclaim as she spoke to the perils of stereotypes.
Tasneem writes numerous media platforms, including The Guardian, The Age/ SMH, The Australian and Maddison and Aquila magazines. She features regularly on television and radio as a social commentator, including appearances on Q&A, The Drum, Insight and The Project.
Why we need to focus on social cohesion & grassroots approaches
PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s needed to bridge the gaps?
Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity. He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multi-faith Council, Chair of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation Advisory Board, Member of the Australian Multicultural Council, Board Member of the European Multicultural Foundation, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador. He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University in 2006. In 2015, he was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the multicultural community through leadership and advisory roles, to the advancement of inclusiveness and social harmony, to youth, and to the broadcast media.
Innovative approaches that are achieving outcomes
Mark Duckworth is Victoria’s first Chief Resilience Officer, a position he took up in May 2015. Working with and supporting a newly established Ministerial Taskforce, he leads Victoria’s efforts to improve social cohesion and community resilience, and counter violent extremism. He is the Chair of the Expert Reference Group of the Research Institute on Social Cohesion (RIOSC), established by the Victorian Government in 2015 to enquire into the benefits of diversity, how to develop strong communities and examine the factors which make communities resilient to extremism.
Mark is the interim Chair of the Risk and Resilience subcommittee of the State Crisis and Resilience Council. He co-chaired the Working Group that prepared the National Disaster Resilience Strategy that was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments in February 2011.
Before joining DPC, Mark worked at the Cabinet Office of New South Wales, the University of Sydney Law School and the Law Reform Commission of Victoria.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in history and law. He regularly presents at courses and conferences including for the National Security College.
In the 2007 Australia Day Honours he was awarded the Public Service Medal for his work in establishing the National Counter-Terrorism arrangements.
The Victorian Government’s approach to social cohesion & preventing violent extremism
Co-Director, Australian Intervention Support Hub
Australian National University
Dr Clarke Jones is the co-director of the Australian Intervention Support Hub (AISH) based at Regulatory Institutions Network (RegNet) in the Australian National University (ANU), AISH is a pioneering collaboration between the ANU, Alfred Deakin University, AGD, AFP and DFAT to work with community groups in developing responses to the challenges associated with violent extremism.
Prior to this appointment, Dr Jones worked for the Australian Government for over 15 years in several areas of national security including policing, military and intelligence. In 2010, he moved to academia and has been a visiting research fellow at RegNet in the ANU. Dr Jones’s research covers violent extremism, radicalisation/prison radicalisation, deradicalisation/intervention and prison gangs. His pioneering research on terrorist inmate management and inmate social groups in the Philippines will be published by Routledge in 2016.
Since leaving Government, Dr Jones has also been working as a private consultant. He is currently completing a major review of Indigenous offender rehabilitation programs in Australia’s correctional system for the Australian Institute of Judicial Affairs. He has also been advising the Philippine Government on the appropriate management of terrorist offenders, prison gangs and prison reform in their correctional system. He has run many professional training programs for Philippine prison administrators and security staff in areas such as, anti-corruption, risk management, prison gang management and inmate classification.
In 2002, Dr Jones was the 2002 Chief of the Australian Defence Force Fellow and, based on this fellowship, he completed his PhD at the University of New South Wales in 2008. He also holds a Masters degree in criminology from RMIT University by research and an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice Administration.
Dr Jones is a regular expert commentator on both international and domestic media channels on terrorism and radicalisation issues and writes regular opinion pieces for print and electronic domestic and international media outlets. Dr Jones is also widely published in the areas of penology, prison gangs and terrorism.
Working with communities to find solutions – what genuine consultation looks like
PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s needed to bridge the gaps?
Governments around Australia have made building social cohesion and tackling extremism a top priority.
This conference will explore what the evidence tells us about what’s working in these areas as well as where the gaps are and how we can overcome them.
There will be a strong focus on the experience of young people and how we can work more effectively with them.
- What the evidence tells us is working
- Where the gaps are & how we can overcome them
- How to work more effectively with young people
- How to work more effectively with communities to find solutions
Dr Julian Droogan
Chief Resilience Officer
The Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet
Professor Andrew Markus
Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp
Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)
Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO)
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition
Program Manager - Cultural Support Team
Youth Off The Streets