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.


Anna Lane - Treasurer

As a Chartered Accountant who facilitates business transformation through values based culture, leadership development, and team effectiveness, Anna draws on her experience of enabling executive teams and organisations undergoing change, growth or large-scale capital projects.

She has international consulting and in house corporate experience across a range of industries; including resources, construction, financial services, FMCG, agriculture and business start-ups. Within this, her practical experience includes strategy execution, management buy outs, business turnaround and investment decisions.

Anna is a member of boards and committees and is a strategic thinker and leader who focuses on business goals while ensuring change is grounded in commercial reality. As such she focuses on connection, effective relationships and empowering individuals and teams as active change leaders to make sure that change initiatives are effective and sustainable.

Crucially, Anna believes diversity holds the key to innovation, improved productivity, sustainability and resilience. She focuses on enabling teams and organisations to tap into different experiences, perspectives, training and values to promote robust thinking, enhanced decision making and, ultimately maximise performance.


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.


Emma Watton Board Member

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 (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.


Greg McIntyre SC - Board Member

Greg graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1974. He has been in full time legal practice since that time except from mid-1978 to late 1980 when he completed a period of legal research with a grant from the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies on the topic of Aboriginal Land Rights at Common Law and worked as a Community Adviser to the Western Desert Aboriginal Community at Warburton, W.A. and in a Research Unit of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Library. In 1981 he presented the result of his research to a conference at James Cook University in Townsville.

He practiced principally in criminal law and family law between 1976 and 1990. In 1981, he was also instructed by Eddie Mabo to commence the legal proceedings which reached their conclusion in Mabo v Queensland (1992) 175 CLR 1. He was Principal Legal Officer of the Aboriginal Legal Service of WA from 1988-1990. In 1992 he went to the WA Bar and has developed a practice in the High Court and Federal Court in Native Title law, immigration law and Administrative law generally.

He was President of the national Environmental Law Association from 1992-1997. He has conducted Inquiries under the Local Government Act (WA) into the City of South Perth (2001-2002) and City of Joondalup (2004-2005). In 2002 he was appointed Senior Counsel. He has written a number of papers for publication and conference presentation on Native Title, Heritage law and Environmental law. In 2003-2004 he wrote a Background Paper for the Law Reform Commission of Western Australia on Aboriginal Customary Law.


Board members can be contacted by email to admin@thehumanitariangroup.org.au