CRSA’s staff, board of directors and ambassadors draw on their breadth of experience and knowledge to implement the organisation’s vision.
Chief Executive Officer
Lisa has been leading the work of CRSA and its predecessor, CRSI, since it was originally conceived in 2017. She began her career as a commercial lawyer and has been working in refugee law and policy for more than a decade with organisations such as the Centre for Policy Development, Save the Children and Refugee Legal. Lisa is also a Fellow with the Centre for Policy Development and a board member of the Cisarua Learning Inc and the Great Lakes Agency for Peace and Development (GLADP), both refugee-led charities working to support refugees in Australia and the region. Lisa holds a Masters in Public and International Law. Lisa lives in Melbourne and is the proud mum of three boys.
Community Development Manager
Nicole is a community development practitioner with ten years experience working in not for profit and government agencies. Nicole completed a Masters of Social Development from UNSW and has extensive experience working in the refugee sector with agencies such as Australian Red Cross and Settlement Services International. She is passionate about building community capacity to drive long lasting and sustainable change that delivers meaningful outcomes for the community.
Community Development Officer
Shabnam is a driven community development practitioner who is passionate about cultivating true partnerships between communities and structures of power and influence in addressing the complex challenges of forced migration and resettlement. Inspired by values-based leadership, advocacy, and her own lived experience, she has founded multiple initiatives in Australia and abroad supporting refugees and host communities. She has previously worked at the Centre for Multicultural Youth designing and delivering strengths-based capacity-building programs for migrant and refugee young people. Shabnam is the inaugural chairperson leading the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG), a refugee-led organisation that aims to create space for the voices of those with lived experience in key decisions, policies, advocacy, and public discourse about refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia.
Our Board of Directors
CRSA’s Board currently comprises the following individuals.
Libby Lloyd AM
Director & Chair
Libby has a strong background working with refugees and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1992 for her contribution to refugees and to the international community in Iraq and Kuwait. She co-founded the White Ribbon Foundation in 2007 and is currently patron of the Indigo Foundation and the Chair of CRSA’s board of directors.
Ali Reza Yunespour
Cindy is an experienced management consultant who was a Principal and then General Manager Aust/NZ for the Boston Consulting Group before co-founding the consulting firm, Cast, in 2010. She thrives on using this experience and her MGA to help organisations achieve their boldest aspirations and has advised many corporates as well as not-for-profit and public sector organisations. In addition to her role as a director of CRSA she is Chair of The Bread & Butter Project, Australia’s first social enterprise artisan bakery, investing 100% of profits to provide training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers. Cindy is also part-owner of the fine dining restaurants Pendolino and La Rosa in Sydney’s Strand Arcade, and is the proud Mum of three wonderfully creative sons.
We are grateful for the public and behind-the-scenes support of the following esteemed individuals.
Professor Peter Shergold AC
Nyadol is an Australian lawyer and human rights advocate, who was born in a refugee camp in Ethiopia, of a family fleeing the Second Sudanese Civil War. She currently works for the Victorian Department of Justice and Community Safety and is also a writer, speaker and media commentator. In addition to her role with CRSA, she is Chair of The Harmony Alliance.
Andrew Kaldor AM
Tim Costello AO
Tim is the Chairman of the Community Council of Australia. He is Director of Micah Australia and a Senior Fellow for Centre for Public Christianity. He is well known as a leading spokesperson on social justice issues including problem gambling and homelessness.