Council for Australian-Arab Relations Board Appointments

  • Media release

Today I announce the appointments of five Board Members to the Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR).

I am also pleased to announce the reappointment of Professor Hala Zreiqat as Chair to the Council. As Chair, Professor Zreiqat has been an invaluable driver for the CAAR's key projects and strategic agenda.

The following new appointments will contribute to the goals of the CAAR in broadening and strengthening Australian-Arab relations:

  • Professor Ali Abbas is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Associate Dean of Research at the University of Sydney, as well as the Founding Director of the Waste Transformation Research Hub .
  • Ms Zinab Al Hilaly is an experienced community engagement practitioner and advisor, whose focus is on ensuring communities of diverse backgrounds have their voices and lived experiences reflected in policies, programs and strategies.
  • Mr Mohammad Al-Khafaji is the Head of Strategic Partnerships at SBS and formerly the CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia.
  • Ms Dena Alnashie is the CEO of Al Nasser & Al Nashie United Company, one of the largest construction firms in Kuwait, and her work supports the empowerment of women in business and society.
  • Ms Sandra Elhelw is the CEO of the Settlement Council of Australia which empowers migrants and refugees to pursue entrepreneurial ventures and make meaningful contributions to the Australian community.

I also pay tribute to outgoing members Ms Sonia Barber, Dr Hass Dellal AO, Ms Erin Gorter, Mr Soufiane Rboub, and Ms Larissa Taylor who have made a significant contribution to the Council's strategic direction.

Media enquiries

  • Minister's office: (02) 6277 7500
  • DFAT Media Liaison: (02) 6261 1555