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Executive Committee


Dr Mohamud Sheikh MIPH MHSc PhD


Mohamud is a Senior Lecturer in International Health, Tropical and Infectious diseases at SPHCM, UNSW. He graduated from the University of Sydney with double Master in Health Sciences and International Public health and a doctorate in public health.

Dr Sheikh has established himself as a leader in research and intervention to improve the health of immigrants and refugees. His research focuses on immigrants and refugees health within CRE specific projects and has extensive links and networks with key refugee and migrant groups in Australia. His other research interest include, infectious diseases research (such as TB, Malaria, Vaccine Preventable diseases among other), International Health Development, Infectious Diseases Outbreak Investigation and Humanitarian Emergencies, Public Health Anthropology, Human Rights and Public Health, Tropical Diseases Surveillance and Control among other. He has had several peer reviewed publications and also reviews for several international health journals.


Dr Degeufe Hailu, B.Dent.

Vice President

After completion of his secondary schooling, Dr Hailu was awarded a scholarship by the  Greek Government and graduated in dentistry from the University of Salonika. He practised as a dentist for a short time in Greece then, unable to return safely to war torn Ethiopia, he migrated to Australia where he was a founding member of the Ethiopian Community Association in New South Wales. Unable to fund the very expensive re-training required to qualify for dental registration in Australia, he now works as a multi-lingual interpreter.

Sajjad Versi

Chief Operating Officer

Sajjad Versi is HARDA's Chief Operating Officer. Sajjad was born and grew up in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and migrated to Australia in 1983. He is a professional Electrical Engineer and Project Management consultant with forty years’ experience nationally and internationally. Socially, he was a member of Round Table (Dar es Salaam), Lions Club (Five Dock), and Apex (St George). He was involved with Children’s workplace charity and other social programs in Australia.

Linda Ning M.Comm


Linda has Masters Degree in Commerce from the University of Sydney, is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA). She works as a Finance Officer at the Sydney Local Health District. She also manages the accounts of an affiliated Research organisation and NGO payments.


Michael Muhlbauer


Michael is a Franco Australian who has worked for many years for large organisations in both the commercial and Government sectors. Prior to retirement he acted as a Project Leader for a number of large financial and risk management projects.

Mohammed Omar

Mohammed Omar, B.A., M.Ed

Executive Member

Mohammed came to Australia from Somalia as an eight year old child. Now at the age of thirty he has a BA and a Master’s Degree in Education and is a high school teacher with the NSW Department of Education. He was the Cultural & Anti-Racism Officer with the University of Western Sydney Students’ Association (2005-2006).

Mohammed started HARDA's youth arm, Horn of Africa Youth Agency of Australia and was its inaurgural  Chairman. Mohammed was aslo president of HARDA in 2012.


Faduma Geddi

Executive Member

Faduma was born in Somalia and received her school education in Helsinki, Finland. She came to Sydney to live with her Aunt when she finished school and was recruited to HARDA by the late Hassan Omar soon after her arrival. Over the past four years Faduma has worked extensively with young people from African communities with a focus on health, education and participation. She was the Youth Settlement Officer with the St. George Migrant Resource Centre, working with young people from refugee and humanitarian backgrounds and assisting them to settle into Australia.

Faduma is the Chair of the African Youth Agency of Australia, a member of HARDA’s Executive Committee and a member of the NSW Police Commissioner’s Multicultural Advisory Council.


Carmel Clarke

Assoc Executive Member

Carmel is a key member of the Secretariat (Community Relations) and HARDA’s longest serving volunteer. She has extensive social welfare and community service experience. She is also the Personal Assistant on a volunteer basis to Phil Glendinning, Director of the Edmund Rice Centre & President of the Refugee Council of Australia.



Cindy Larson B.A.Hons

Assoc Executive Member


Cindy worked in the finance industry, most recently in Marketing and as a Futures Trader at Brandywine Asset Management in the US and prior to that on the Futures desk and in the Economics Division of Macquarie Bank in Sydney. Cindy has been an active volunteer for many years and has served as: Union County Chairperson for the Fresh Air Fund (NYC, USA); Friend of NJ SEEDS (NJ, USA); Volunteer Coordinator for Worldwide Orphans Foundation (NJ/NYC); as well as class parent and year coordinator at her children's schools. She is currently a volunteer at the St Bakhita Centre as well as HARDA.

Dr John Cornwall, B.VSc.

Consultant to board (CEO Emeritus)

Dr Cornwall was in private veterinary practice in Mt Gambier and Adelaide until 1975 when  he was elected to the South Australian Parliament. He was the South Australian Minister of Health from 1982 to 1988, CEO of the Australian Veterinary Association 1989-1992, Director of the Australian Youth Foundation 1992-1995 and Managing Consultant of Delta Society Australia from 1996. He retired in 2007 and joined HARDA as a volunteer. He is currently HARDA's Executive Officer (pro bono) and heads the secretariat. John also spent a number of years as President of HARDA.


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