The opportunity to complete my Engineering degree at the Western Sydney University, with the support of the Crescent Foundation scholarship, meant that I could study at the same time as getting hands-on experience working on humanitarian projects.
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)
Community Migrant Resource Centre as the Employment & Enterprise Officer Arash’s journey from Iran to Australia as a refugee changed his outlook on life forever. As a 27 year old refugee seeking asylum, his path to Australia was a long one, including an extended time living in Malaysia.
Unfortunately under Malaysian law, refugees are not legally recognised and so Arash struggled to get by without access to health services, employment or education opportunities. When he arrived in Australia, his desire to become an engineer was strong as ever as long as there was a way to combine it with his new passion for human rights.
“The opportunity to complete my Engineering degree at the Western Sydney University, with the support of the Crescent Foundation scholarship, meant that I could study at the same time as getting hands-on experience working on humanitarian projects”, Arash says.
“I did my thesis on humanitarian engineering – looking specifically at creating affordable housing through renewable materials in regional Australia. I want to create a positive impact on the lives of others, help make their experiences easier than mine and bring better solutions to people that need it the most”.
Arash has lived in Sydney for just over 5 years now and is the Employment & Enterprise Officer with the Community Migrant Resource Centre. An avid speaker, he is also the co-Chair of the UNHCR Refugee Agency Global Youth Advisory Board as well as the Chair of the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN).
Congratulations Arash on what you have achieved so far and there is no doubt, your future will be a bright one.
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Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations. In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.