our board

The Humanitarian Group is supported by our first patron, Rosemary Hudson Miller, and benefits from a very experienced Board of Management with diverse skills and and from a cross-section of society.

 

Akram (Ak) Sabbagh Chairperson

 

Ak is a Partner and a Senior Coach with international business and leadership coaching firm AltusQ. With over 16 years of coaching experience behind him, he works with Boards, Senior Executives, Business Leaders and Owners on their Strategy and Growth. Prior to AltusQ, he worked for over two decades with corporations like IBM Australia, Ernst & Young and PMP Ltd, as well as with a number of small and medium-sized businesses in the IT&T industry.

Born in Australia, Ak is the son of Middle-Eastern parents. He speaks Arabic 'reasonably well' and enjoys connecting to his cultural heritage by tracing his family tree and history. Ak maintains an active interest in service based associations and gives his professional skills and time to work on 'love projects' in various not-for-profit organisations and charities.

 

Han Nguyen - Treasurer

Han's experience spans being a capital markets lawyer and analyst with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission, to a management consultant focusing on mining and industrial clients to working in the strategy and operations team of a global property company. Currently, Han is a commercial and financial adviser at Deloitte, focusing on social and economic infrastructure.  Han's desire to join The Humanitarian Group is driven by his own experience of leaving Vietnam with his family and his belief that Australia's culture of "fair-go" should apply to everyone regardless of race or circumstance. He sees a great opportunity to use his skills and experience to make a contribution at The Humanitarian Group.

 

Anne Durack Secretary

 

Anne has a Bachelor of Jurisprudence (Hons) and LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia. She is a barrister and solicitor in WA, ACT and NSW.   She was a senior associate at Phillips Fox in insurance, before joining Law Mutual as a senior claims and risk solicitor. She has a particular interest in practice management and legal ethics. She began volunteering at The Humanitarian Group in 2012 and was awarded Women Lawyers ‘Senior Woman Lawyer’ award the same year.  In 2013 she joined the WA Bar Association.   She also lectures on risk management and professional responsibility at the College of Law.

 

Dr Lisa Cluett Board Member

 

Originally from the UK, Lisa has held roles in commercial television and science communication and in a range of areas within Higher Education. Her current role at the Perth USAsia Centre involves providing high level communication advice to support the Centre's mission of strengthening relationships and strategic thinking across the Indo-Pacific region.

Lisa is passionate about ensuring a scaffolded and engaging community for all members of society and supporting programs that serve at risk or disadvantaged groups, including refugees. She often works with small businesses, non-profits and educational institutions to develop sustainable online networks and communities and to develop and implement strategic goals relating to stakeholder engagement. Lisa is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 

Megan O'Rourke Board Member

 

Megan’s extensive experience in the legal profession has led her to have a widely recognised career across the nation. Currently a Partner at Corrs Chambers Westgarth in Perth, she has previously worked in Melbourne at King & Wood Mallesons as a partner from 1995 to 2006.

She has a passion and interest in finance, which has seen her involved in roles relating to areas of derivatives, banking and capital markets. Megan has been recognised by the Best Lawyers Peer Review in numerous years for her contribution to these areas. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Master of Laws and also has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Economics from the Australian National University (ANU).

 

Emma Watton Board Member

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Emma considers herself to be a visionary leader who works with companies to assist in developing & delivering strong brand led strategies and communications both internally & externally in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. She has extensive experience facilitating workshops and knowledge working with clients of varying sizes, whilst having worked with boards, senior executives and external stakeholder groups to get to the heart of the issues, in order to then move forward to a communication solution.

Emma believes in understanding the 'Why we do what we do'​ within a business and works closely together with entrepreneurs, business owners & boards to align business practice and well branded marketing communications that leaves her clients with a strong, sustainable and effective integrated communications platform. 

 

Maria Osman Board Member

Maria Osman

 

Maria Osman (M.ED GAICD) is a leader with over 40 years experience in gender equity, diversity and inter-cultural communication as a senior government policy adviser, speaker, trainer and community activist.  As the former Executive Director of Western Australia’s Office of Multicultural Interests and Office for Women’s Policy she has lead the development and implementation of cutting edge strategies policies and programs.  Maria has always combined her senior roles with grass roots advocacy with migrant and refugee women. 

In 2015 the Australian Government appointed Maria as the official delegate to the 59th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.  In 2007 she was awarded the Government of Western Australia’s Multicultural Community Service Award and in 2012 the National Living Legends Award, awarded to the 100 most influential African-Australians.