Akademos Society is governed by a board comprising of highly motivated individuals, mostly tertiary students who are all recent migrants to Australia. We are pursuing higher education goals and careers in our adopted country with a firm resolve to collectively support the community by focusing on improving youth’s education outcome.

The board consists of five executive directors who all volunteer to ensure effective operation of the organisation. The board also works with our affiliate organisations and individuals who provide invaluable assistance in ensuring the successful delivery of our flagship programs.

At Akademos, we seek to foster partnerships and collaboration with like-minded organisations and people the world over in order in the pursuit of our objectives.

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Arif Hazara
Secretary and Treasurer

Arif is an Accountant by profession who recently completed his Bachelor of Professional Accountancy degree. He is responsible for managing Akademos’ books, including preparing financial reports. Have queries? contact him as he is also the Liaison person.

Homa Forotan
Executive Director

Dr. Homa Forotan has studied science at the University of Queensland majoring in Biomedical and Neuroscience, followed by a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery at Griffith University. She now works as a medical registrar at Mater Hospital aiming to specialise in cardiology. Homa contributes in governance and policy work of Akadmeos.

Hadi Zaher
Executive Director

A paralegal by profession, a blogger by instinct, and a photographer out of boredom, Hadi Zaher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics. At Akademos, Hadi is our Campaign and Communications Officer.

Shukufa Tahiri
Executive Director

Shukufa is a policy officer at the Refugee Council of Australia. She holds a law degree and was named one of the fifteen Australian woman championing human rights by Amnesty International Australia in 2017. At Akademos, Shukufa manages the Kids Off The Streets project and oversees our fundraising activities.

Haider Changezi
Executive Director

Haider has worked in marketing roles. He holds a Master of Accounting and Finance from University of Melbourne, and is currently pursuing his CPA. At Akademos, Haider shares responsibility for writing content for our publications with Hadi Zaher.