The Race Discrimination Commissioner Dr Tim Soutphommasane invites you to a panel discussion about casual racism: what is it and what can we do about it? We all know that racism can take an ugly form. But what about those situations on low-level prejudice and discrimination? Does it matter if someone doesn’t intend to cause offence or hurt? And what effect may casual racism have on community relations at the moment? Join our panellists:
- Mr Hakan Harman, Chief Executive Officer at Multicultural NSW
- Ms Mariam Veiszadeh, lawyer, community activist and founder of the Islamophobia Register
- His Excellency Mr Noel White, Ambassador of Ireland
Hakan Harman - Chief Executive Officer
Hakan is an experienced Senior Executive in both the Public and Private Sectors. His qualifications include a Bachelor Commerce and Master of Public Administration and he is a Fellow of CPA Australia. His areas of expertise include change management, corporate governance, stakeholder and strategic management and organisational leadership.
He has worked at CBA, Burns Philp, Unilever as well as a number of smaller private organisations including as a Forensic Accountant prior to joining the Public Sector in 2002.
He commenced his career in the NSW Public Sector at the Community Relations Commission For a multicultural NSW (Multicultural NSW) as Director Operations CFO, then worked at the State Library of NSW - which is responsible for the stewardship of priceless collections that record the exploration and settlement of Oceania and Australia - as its Chief Operating Officer.
In January of 2014 he rejoined Multicultural NSW as its Chief Executive Officer and has since led a substantial review of operations and development of a new Vision for Cultural Diversity in NSW.
Hakan is married has one son currently at University.
He loves Football (Soccer) and is passionate about social justice and community harmony and says that he does not consider his work as a job.
Noel White - Ireland’s Ambassador to Australia
He is a career diplomat. Immediately prior to taking up his post in Australia in January 2012, Mr White was the Director of Press and Information at Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He has also served as a Director in Irish Aid, Ireland’s development aid programme.
Previously he has been posted to Brussels where he served for some time in Ireland’s Permanent Representation to the European Union working in a range of policy areas.
He has also worked as a senior administrator at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the European Union.
He has served in Luxembourg, and in Strasbourg where he represented Ireland at the Council of Europe.
In addition to his posting here in Australia, Mr White is accredited to New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji.
He is interested in current affairs, and in sports generally. He is a committed Brumbies’ fan.
Mr White is married to Nessa Delaney. They have three children (boys).
Mariam Veiszadeh - lawyer and community rights advocate, an ambassador for Welcome to Australia and the founder of the #WISH Women In Solidarity with Hijabis social media campaign and the Islamophobia Register Australia
Mariam Veiszadeh has established herself as one of most energetic and resourceful young leaders of the Australian Muslim community. Her advocacy has attracted the support of senior politicians, journalists, decision makers and other ordinary Australian who have become strong supporters of the rights of Muslims living in Australia.
Mariam has started numerous campaigns, community initiatives, authored articles, provided media coverage and coordinated community initiatives, all while being a full-time corporate lawyer, mother to an 11-month old and wife. She has worked tirelessly towards advocating for the Muslim community while also bringing the communities different congregations closer together. Mariam has also mentored young Muslims who have shown interest in community work by lending them advice and encouraging them to take a more active role in community initiatives.