Tasneem Chopra
Cross-Cultural Consultant

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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.

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Why we need to focus on social cohesion & grassroots approaches
PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s needed to bridge the gaps?
Dr B. (Hass) Dellal AO
Executive Director
Australian Multicultural Foundation

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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.

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Innovative approaches that are achieving outcomes
Mark Duckworth
Chief Resilience Officer
The Victorian Department of Premier & Cabinet

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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.

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The Victorian Government’s approach to social cohesion & preventing violent extremism
Dr Clarke Jones
Co-Director, Australian Intervention Support Hub
Australian National University

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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.

Speaking On:
Working with communities to find solutions – what genuine consultation looks like
PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s needed to bridge the gaps?
Nicole Matejic
Author ‘Social Media Rules of Engagement’ & CEO
Info Ops HQ & The Information Initiative

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Nicole Matejic is a an internationally recognised social media adviser who is a regular instructor for and speaker to NATO and Governments around the world. Nicole is CEO of the think-do tank ‘The Information Initiative’ and it’s partner civil-military think-do tank ‘Info Ops HQ.’ Nicole’s ethos is “Less talk, more action.”
Nicole is an Adjunct Lecturer at:
– Charles Sturt University in the School of National Security and Terrorism; and
–  RMIT University in the School of Media and Communications.
Nicole’s first book ‘Social Media Rules of Engagement’ was published in 2015 and is available at all good bookstores.

Speaking On:
Social cohesion through social media
Mid Conference Workshop B commences
Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp
Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)

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Associate Professor Mehmet Ozalp is an Islamic theologian, intellectual and community leader. Mehmet is one of the co-founders of Affinity Intercultural Foundation in 2000, an organisation dedicated to intercultural and interfaith harmony in Australia. Mehmet was a member of Harmony Reference Group established by the NSW Premier Bob Carr in 2003. In 2009, Mehmet founded ISRA Australia – Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia. He established the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University, Australia. Under his leadership the Centre pioneered undergraduate and postgraduate Islamic Studies programs. Mehmet lectures in theology, Islamic history and contemporary issues on Islam and Muslims.

Mehmet also serves as the Muslim Chaplain at the University of Sydney and the Macquarie University. Mehmet is a prolific speaker on Islam and Muslims in Australia. He was awarded Australian Muslim Role Model of the year in 2012. He is the author of three books: 101 Questions You Asked About Islam, Islam in the Modern World and Islam between Tradition and Modernity: An Australian Perspective.

Speaking On:
Developing religious activism model & counter-narrative in dealing with radicalisation
Melba Marginson
Executive Director
Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women's Coalition

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Melba Marginson is of Filipino background and has worked in the area of multicultural and women’s affairs since migrating to Australia in 1989. Ms. Marginson is Founding Chair and Executive Director of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition. Through this organization, Melba provides organizational leadership, mentoring and advocacy for and on behalf of numerous migrant and refugee women. Melba has pioneered the development of a Women’s Leadership Course and a Multicultural Community Leadership Course tailored for migrants and refugees. She has directly delivered these courses to more than 1000 people in Victoria since 2003.
Her own journey as an Australian woman was an example of how most immigrant and refugee women settle in this country. They invest their skills and wisdom in voluntary work for many years while bringing up families and trying to get decent jobs, and maintaining their passion and commitment for equality and social justice. Her advocacy for immigrants and refugees has been recognised by the Labor Government in Victoria under Premier Steve Bracks by appointing her as one of three new Commissioners of the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2000.
Ms Marginson has a Master’s Degree in Social Science (Policy and Management) at RMIT University. She was a Director with the Victorian Women’s Trust Board and a current member of FECCA Women’s Committee. She served in a number of Ministerial Advisory Committees and Reference Groups on important aspects/issues of women’s lives.
Ms. Marginson’s work on Filipino women’s issues was the subject of extensive media coverage and academic research in the late 1980s through to the 1990s. Her public appearances in the media and her various speaking engagements inspired many Filipino and migrant women to stand up against domestic violence. Her perspective on women’s organizing and advocacy was the reason she was asked to write the Filipino chapter for the 2001 Australian Encyclopedia. In 1994, the national campaign she led to protect Filipino women from violence helped bring about the Domestic Violence Provision to the Immigration Act of 1982. Since then, tens of thousands of migrant women benefitted from this legislation.
Ms. Marginson was selected for the First Women’s Honour Roll by the Victorian Government in celebration of Australia’s Centenary of Federation in 2001.
The impact of Melba Marginson’s achievements in the life of Australia’s immigrant and refugee women was recognized when she was nominated for Hesta Social Impact Award in 2014. She was further recognized when named by the Westpac and Australian Financial Review as one of 100 women of influence in Australia in 2014.
In recent times, Melba Marginson and her organization have been addressing the issues of immigrant and refugee women’s social isolation, family violence within multicultural communities, and Forced Marriage in Australia.
Under Melba’s leadership, the VIRWC has focused its recent efforts towards building resilient communities, especially in the area of developing family champions that will help build safer communities.

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Welcome & opening remarks from the Chair
Welcome & opening remarks from the Chair
Women Building Bridges: A Strengths-based approach to Building Resilience

Katherine is the Community Project Officer of the Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition, currently managing their Family Champions for Safer Communities Project. She has been engaged in the CALD sector for the last 5 years and has worked with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds, including migrants, asylum seekers and survivors of domestic violence. She has also worked with young people as a teacher, coach, and mentor. Katherine holds postgraduate qualifications in social work and counselling.

Anooshe Mushtaq
Associate Member
Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO)

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Anooshe is a first generation Australian Muslim of Pakistani origin. She currently works with Oracle as an Account Director for the Department of Defence while completing a Master of Terrorism and Security at Charles Sturt University. Anooshe is an Associate Member of the Australian Institute of Professional Intelligence Officers (AIPIO) and a Research Associate at the Australian Security Research Centre (ASRC), where her research interests include Australian Muslim culture, drivers of radicalisation, and community-lead prevention and intervention.  Her publications on these topics have appeared in The Australian, Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, Australian Security Magazine and Security Solution Magazine.

Speaking On:
Promoting community cohesion through a positive counter narrative
Kuranda Seyit
Islamic Council of Victoria

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Kuranda Seyit is a Film-maker, Leadership co-ordinator at an Islamic school and Youth Worker. He is the founder of the Forum on Australia’s Islamic Relations (FAIR), an Islamic think-tank.  He has completed a Masters in Peace and Conflict Studies at Sydney University.  He has recently begun working with at-risk youth in SE Melbourne.

In 2001 he wrote and directed his first documentary “Always A Visitor” for SBS television and he has made many short films and documentaries including a report for SBS Dateline program titled ‘Kyrgyzstan in Crisis’. His most recent film a moving history of the Afghan Cameleers, titled By Compass and Quran was recently broadcast on ABC TV.

Kuranda has been very active in community work, working on various fronts, including inter-cultural, youth and leadership and public relations.  He co-founded the award winning Together for Humanity Program which involved a Christian, Muslim and Jew visiting schools and won the National Multicultural Marketing Award in 2004 and he was selected among the Bulletin Magazine’s SMART 100 people in Australia that same year.  He received the Pride of Australia medal in 2005.   He appears regularly in the media representing the Muslim community and is currently the Secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria.

Speaking On:
What works & what doesn’t when working with Muslim youth
Amirah Armin
Program Manager - Cultural Support Team
Youth Off The Streets

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Amirah is a senior Youth Worker with over ten years’ experience in the community sector. Having identified a gap in service delivery within the Muslim community, Amirah dedicates her work to addressing this at Youth off The Streets, where she provides specialized, faith-sensitive support to the Muslim community through intensive case work, outreach and community engagement.

Amirah has worked with young people in a range of settings from behavioural schools, prisons, youth centres, religious services and on the streets. She has led projects such as The SisterHOOD, a girl’s support group which was formed following the Sydney raids in 2014. Amirah holds a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of NSW.

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On the front line
Dr Julian Droogan
Senior Lecturer
Macquarie University

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Dr. Julian Droogan is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT), Macquarie University where he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (Routledge), and Director of the International Security Studies program. Julian’s academic background encompasses the anthropology and history of religions, and he has spent years conducting fieldwork in the Middle East, Central Asia, and South Asia. His research interests include countering violent extremism, religious radicalisation, extremist narratives, and the history of religious terrorism and political violence. Julian leads a number of funded research projects including an ongoing partnership with the NSW government looking at ways to instill and evaluate counter terrorism and social resilience projects in NSW communities, and a three-year ARC Discovery project examining the relationship between online extremist materials and real-world violent extremist action. He currently serves on the NSW Premier’s Countering Violent Extremism Advisory Board.

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Where are the gaps?
PANEL DISCUSSION: What’s needed to bridge the gaps?
Dr Hussein Tahiri
Senior Research Analyst
Victoria Police

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Dr. Hussein Tahiri completed his PhD in Political Science from The University of Melbourne in 2001 and has worked as a lecturer teaching Middle East Politics.

Dr. Tahiri is currently working as Senior Research Analyst in the Counter-Terrorism Coordination Unit of Victoria Police. In the course of his career he has contributed to and led a range of key external and internal research initiatives and reports for universities and state and national bodies dealing with counterterrorism and community engagement. He has also authored books, book chapters, academic journal articles and numerous commentary articles.  Dr. Tahiri co-edited a book titled, “Counter Terrorism and Social Cohesion” which was published in October 2011.

Speaking On:
What research is telling us about preventing extremism – the need for a community approach
Professor Andrew Markus
Research Professor
Monash University

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Andrew Markus is the Pratt Foundation Research Professor of Jewish Civilisation at Monash University and is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Andrew heads the Scanlon Foundation social cohesion research program, which in 2015 conducted its eighth national survey, together with some 40 focus groups and, a first in Australian research, an online survey available in 20 languages. He is also the principal researcher on the Australian Jewish population and Yiddish Melbourne research projects. Andrew has published extensively in the field of Australian race relations and immigration history. His reconceptualization of Australian post-war immigration policy (co-authored with Dr Margaret Taft) was published in the June 2015 issue of Australian Historical Studies.

Speaking On:
Social cohesion in Australia today (based on the Scanlon Foundation’s Mapping Social Cohesion Project)
Mandy Bathgate
Coordinator Equity and Diversity
City of Darebin

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Aziz Cooper
Interfaith Development Officer
City of Darebin

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Australian Multicultural Foundation

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