Structure

APRRN BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND STEERING COMMITTEE

APRRN BOARD

President: Hafsar Tameesuddin, Refugee Council of Australia

Vice President: Sitarah Mohammadi,

Board Member 3: Puttanee Kangkun, Fortify Rights

Board Member 4: Parinya Boonridrerthaikul, Coalition for Refugees and Stateless Persons

Board Member 5: Geraldine Doney, Forced Migration Research Network, University of New South Wales

Board Member 6: Carolina Gottardo, Jesuit Refugee Service

Board Member 7: Paul Power, Refugee Council of Australia


APRRN STEERING COMMITTEE

APRRN is governed by a Steering Committee, which operates on a voluntary basis. The Steering Committee is made up of elected individuals by APRRN members at the biennial Asia Pacific Consultation on Refugee Rights and they each serve a two-year term. Steering Committee members are eligible for re-election for a maximum of two consecutive terms. An advisory group is also nominated to assist the Steering Committee and the network.


STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

APRRN Chair: Hafsar Tameesuddin (Refugee Council of Australia, Australia)

APRRN Deputy Chair: Sitarah Mohammadi (Cisarua Learning)


GEOGRAPHIC WORKING GROUP REPRESENTATIVES

AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND AND THE PACIFIC

Chair: Elizabeth Young (Kiwi Class, New Zealand)

EAST ASIA

Chair: Jean Kim (Advocates for Public Interest Law, Republic of Korea)

SOUTHEAST ASIA

Chair: Julio Castor (FORUM-ASIA, Indonesia)

SOUTH ASIA

Chair: Hamsa Vijayaraghavan (Migration and Asylum Project, India)


THEMATIC WORKING GROUP REPRESENTATIVES:

DURABLE SOLUTIONS

Chair: Gopal Siwakoti (INHURED International, Nepal)

IMMIGRATION DETENTION

Chair: Vivienne Chew (International Detention Coalition, Australia)

LEGAL AID AND ADVOCACY

Chair: Lynette Nam (Justice Centre Hong Kong, Hong Kong)

REFUGEE LEADERSHIP AND PARTICIPATION

Chair: Najeeba Wazefadost (Asia Pacific Network of Refugees)

REGIONAL PROTECTION

Chair: David Keegan (HOST International, Australia)

ROHINGYA

Chair: Lilianne Fan (Geutanyoe Foundation, Malaysia)

WOMEN, GENDER AND DIVERSITY

Chair: Apajok Biar (Multicultural Youth Advocacy Network, Australia)

YOUTH

Chair: Hayatullah Akbari (Settlement Services International, Australia)


NON STEERING COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Deputy Chair Southeast Asia: Mathilda Ho (Advocates for Refugees, Singapore)

Deputy Chair South Asia: Dr. Wais Aria (Tabish Organisation, Afghanistan)

Deputy Chair East Asia: Satomi Hiyama (Forum for Refugees, Japan)

Deputy Chair Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific: Sajjad Askary (Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, Australia)

Deputy Chair Durable Solutions: John Roc (Refugee Council of Australia, Australia)

Deputy Chair Immigration Detention: Joshua Ericsson (HOST International, Malaysia)

Deputy Chair Legal Aid and Advocacy: Jirim Kim (GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation, Republic of Korea)

Deputy Chair Refugee Leadership and Participation: Mohammad Baqir (Bangkok Urban Community Club, Thailand)

Deputy Chair Regional Protection: Omar Alkhammash (Geutanyoe Foundation, Malaysia)

Deputy Chair Rohingya: Chris Lewa (The Arakan Project, Myanmar)

Deputy Chair Women, Gender and Diversity: Ryan Figueiredo (Equal Asia Foundation, Thailand)

Deputy Chair Youth: Htu Lai Magawng (Advocates for Public Interest Law, Republic of Korea)


ADVISORS

Advisors are nominated by the Steering Committee and are available to support the network in various capacities. More information will be provided soon.


APRRN SECRETARIAT

The network is coordinated through the Secretariat, which is based in Bangkok and led by the Secretary General. The main responsibilities of the Secretariat include:

  • Coordinating training activities, workshops, consultations and working group meetings

  • Supporting members on the ground by making their issues visible on a regional and international level

  • Monitoring and coordinating responses to refugee rights violations

  • Facilitating information sharing and internal/external communication channels between members

  • Consolidating evidence, research and analysis on pressing issues

  • Facilitating local, regional and international representation of members

  • Obtaining and managing APRRN funding

  • Managing the daily operations of the network



Current APRRN Secretariat staff includes:


Secretary General: Christopher Eades

Programme Coordinator: Lars Stenger

Operations Coordinator: Patcharin Nawichai

Fundraising and Development Manager: Eliza Horton

Programme Officer: Daniel Davies

Programme Officer: Rachel Tan

Programme Associate: Michelle Soe Moe

Vulnerable Population Consultant: Marie Martin

Rohingya Consultant: Yuvraj Rathore

Finance Manager: Sunisa Jaiklaew