Our Board of Directors
Meet our current Board Members
Mariam Veiszadeh is the founder of the Islamophobia Register Australia. She is an award-winning human rights champion, lawyer, diversity & inclusion practitioner, contributing author and social commentator.
In 2021, Mariam was appointed CEO of Media Diversity Australia. Mariam has worked as radio commentator for ABC radio and as a columnist for Fairfax media.
Dr Derya Iner
Derya Iner is the author and Principal Researcher of the Islamophobia in Australia Reports (2017, 2019, 2022). These reports have had a collective reach of over 950 million readers worldwide.
Derya Iner is also the Associate Professor and research coordinator at the Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation at Charles Sturt University. Derya completed her PhD in Cultural Studies (major) and Gender and Women’s Studies (minor) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW), USA in 2011.
Dr Susan Carland
Susan is an academic, writer, and social commentator. She completed her PhD in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University in 2015. Her research and teaching specialties focus on gender, sociology, contemporary Australia, terrorism, and Islam in the modern world. She was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship in which she will investigate which practices have proven to be most effective over time to fight Islamophobia.
In 2012, Susan was named on the 20 Most Influential Australian Female Voices list by The Age. She has also been listed on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and as a “Muslim Leader of Tomorrow” by the UN Alliance of Civilizations.
Hilal Yassine is an experienced Entrepreneur & Business executive with an extensive background in business, management and law.
Hilal is the Group Managing Director of First Quay Capital and serves as a non-executive director of (ASX listed) DomaCom, Crescent Group, and several private family companies.
Hilal holds Bachelor’s degrees in both Business and Law (UNSW, Sydney), a Master of Laws (UNSW, Sydney) and a Master of Business Administration,
Mobinah Ahmad is a digital strategist, an academic, writer, mentor, public speaker, media personality and educator in social media. She is known for her development of a socio-cultural Friendship Theory in 2015. Mobinah has served the multicultural interfaith community for fifteen years with her engagement in community work. She has been featured in world-class media outlets representing her ideas, community work, faith and identity.
Mobinah is a successful business operations and management professional with over 15 years of progressive leadership experience in diverse settings, including media, corporate, community, and social justice and implementing strategies.
Diana is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. She joined the organisation in October 2019 as an international human rights lawyer with experience working in both Australia and the United States.
With a Master in International Human Rights Law she is an expert on issues pertaining to gender equality, social justice, and human rights. She has worked as a lawyer, advocate, and campaigner for over a decade, and has the lived experience of being a visible Muslim woman of colour in Australia, as a former refugee from Afghanistan.
Dr Nora Amath
Dr Nora Amath is an expert community developer whose research focuses on multiculturalism, social inclusion, diversity, leadership and community development. She is a published author and an adjunct Research Fellow at Griffith University. She works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Australia and is also a co-founder of Sakina Refuge. Nora also chairs Islamic Relief Australia, the first woman to lead this humanitarian aid organisation.
Nora was a member of the Minister’s Queensland Multicultural Advisory Council and the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Prevention Roundtable. Most recently she has been appointed to the Australian Multicultural Advisory Council.
In recognition of her contribution to Australian society, in 2017, she was a finalist for Australian of the Year.
Basim has extensive experience in executive management in Australia and internationally. While his undergraduate and postgraduate studies have taken him from management to medicine, science, bioethics and public health; his career has been the sum of it all. His multidisciplinary expertise and modern leadership style have enabled him to lead healthcare and disability executive teams in various roles. Basim is the CEO of psychCentral, a leading multidisciplinary mental health and health care organisation in Western Sydney. He sits on a number of community boards, University advisory boards and Governmental committees.
Silma Ihram has been an educator since establishing Al Noori Muslim Primary School in 1983, working continuously in education for almost 40 years. She was the founder of two Muslim Schools and a Vocational College. She has held the position of Principal in 4 schools during that time.
A Muslim convert since 1976, she has been an active member of Muslim Women’s Associations since
the 70s and has been a community activist and frequent media spokesperson. She was also a founding member of the Australian Council for Islamic Education in Schools. Silma has conducted research on Muslim youth in Sydney, Muslim women converts and the barriers that exist for Muslim women’s employment and most recently Islamic pedagogy. She was awarded the Centenary Medal
for her work in the community. Silma is currently studying permaculture and working as an education consultant.
Safiah Rind is a Yamatji Badimaya woman based in Boorloo (Perth) on Wadjuk Country has connections in Jambinu (Geraldton) and Mount Magnet region.
Safiah has experience working in community initiatives and research. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with a focus on journalism and photography. Safiah also has experience in organisational development and strategic writing. Safiah has been working with organisations for the last five years in multi-media and content creation. She has experience and a passion in documentary filmmaking, photography and script writing.
Naima Ibrahim is a writer, community worker and early childhood professional. Her work has appeared in various publications and she has been shortlisted for Kat Muscat Fellowship and Monash Prize in Creative Writing. She is currently working on her debut novel.