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|Professor Fethi Mansouri|
Chair in Migration and Intercultural Research; Director, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation &
Co-Director, Strategic Research Centre for Comparative Social Research
Professor Fethi Mansouri is a leading researcher and a prominent scholar nationally and internationally. Professor Mansouri is the author (and co-author) of many influential books including ‘Australia and the Middle East: A Frontline Relationship' (I.B. Tauris, London/New York 2006) and two edited volumes on ‘Political Islam and Human Security' and ‘Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism in the West', (I.B. Tauris: London/New York, 2007). His most recent books are ‘Identity, Education, and Belonging: Arab and Muslim Youth in Contemporary Australia' (MUP, Melbourne 2008) and ‘Youth Identity and Migration: Culture, Values and Social Connectedness' (2009, Common Ground Publishers, Melbourne). His forthcoming books include ‘Muslims in the West and the Challenges of Representations and Belonging' (MUP, 2012); and ‘Migration, Citizenship and Intercultural Relations' (Ashgate, 2011). His 2004 book 'Lives in Limbo' was short listed for the 2004 Human Rights Medal Awards.
Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria
Ross Hamilton Barnett, Director of the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria (ECCV), began his career in the multicultural sector whilst studying for an Arts degree at Monash University. During this time he worked at a Migrant Services Unit of the Department of Social Security helping establish the first interpreting and translating services at the Commonwealth level. He later became Manager of the interpreting and translating services Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission. After a year as a policy officer with the Ethnic Communities' Council of NSW Ross returned to Melbourne to take up the position of Director of the South Eastern Region Migrant Resource Centre (SERMRC) in Dandenong, followed by two years as Chief Executive Officer of the Russian Welfare Society. In 2001, Ross worked in the UK for five years in refugee support agencies and mainstream aged care before returning to Melbourne in 2006 to take up his current position.
|Dr Vince Marotta BA (Hons), MA, Ph.D La Trobe|
School of History Heritage and Society
Faculty of Arts and Education
Dr Marotta's research interests include; Social Theory, Urban Sociology, Immigration, Multiculturalism and Cultural identity, Cosmopolitanism, and Theories of the stranger.
Migration Integration / Strategic Partnerships Officer
United Nations Alliance of Civilizations
Anne Grobet is in charge of the Migration and Integration program of the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). Seconded to the UN by the Swiss Department of Foreign Affairs as an Expert for civilian Peacebuilding, Anne Grobet initially worked for an international organization (TIPH) monitoring the situation and reporting on breaches of international humanitarian law and international recognized human rights standards in the city of Hebron in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Anne Grobet has studied International Relations and Middle Eastern Studies in the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies of Geneva.