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Committee members 2018-19

IARC’s Committee of Management consists of seven members who are elected at IARC’s Annual General Meetings. There is currently one vacancy. IARC’s Annual General Meeting was held on 4 December 2018. 

Kathryn Viegas

President

Kathryn Viegas is a Director of Nomos Legal and has practised immigration law since 2003. She is an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Kathryn graduated with degrees in Psychology and Law from The University of New South Wales. She completed her Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Australian National University. In 2006, she was awarded a Master of Laws degree from The University of Sydney. A migrant herself, Kathryn started her career at the HIV/AIDS Legal Centre before moving into private practice. She has worked at a number of boutique immigration law firms, including two that she has helped to establish. Throughout her career, Kathryn has advocated for the rights of the most disenfranchised within Australia’s immigration programme, including asylum seekers and people living with HIV and other medical conditions. Since 2007, Kathryn has been involved in continuing legal education through her preparation and presentation of CPD programs for Nomos, IARC, the College of Law and other community organisations. Since 2016, she has been a contributing author for the LexisNexis online and looseleaf Australian Immigration Law publication. In addition to her role at IARC, Kathryn is also a Founding Director of The TLR Foundation, established in memory of a former client to promote bone marrow donation in Australia.

Joanne Been

Vice President 

Joanne Been is a strategic brand and communications specialist with a background in commercial law. An IARC Management Committee member for two years and a migrant herself, Joanne was drawn to working with the organisation because of the incredible contribution it makes to helping vulnerable communities in Australia. Joanne currently works at the Sydney Opera House as Brand Manager where she is responsible for brand strategy and campaigns.  Previously, she has worked at Ernst & Young and Sparke Helmore Lawyers in marketing and communications and at Allens Linklaters as a Commercial lawyer. Joanne also spent time in New York working in communications for the legal industry.

Lina Tchung

Treasurer

Lina Tchung is a Director at EY in the financial services assurance practice. She has over 16 years of experience at EY, specialising in wealth and asset management and has worked in both Sydney and San Francisco. Lina brings a wealth of experience in Financial Reporting, Statutory Compliance, Risk Management and Governance. From 2009 to 2018, Lina was a non-executive director and finance committee member of YWCA NSW, a not-for-profit organisation on the frontline for improving gender equality and eliminating violence against women. She is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Queensland.

Rowena Irish

Secretary

Rowena is a highly experienced legal practitioner with more than 15 years experience in immigration law and previously in a top tier law firm in e-commerce and privacy. She has returned as a Director of Supra Legal, a boutique immigration law firm, after a five year appointment as a Member at the Migration and Refugee Review Tribunals. Prior to this she was acting Principal Solicitor and Director at IARC.  Rowena is a recognised expert in immigration law, having presented seminars and information sessions across a broad range of immigration and citizenship topics.  She is an MIA Accredited Educator, was named in the AFR’s Best Lawyers list 2019 and has written extensively on Australian immigration and citizenship law, including as the co-author of the 8th edition of The Immigration Kit.

Giulio Katis

Member

Giulio Katis is a Financial Markets professional with an academic background in mathematics and computer science. He has interests in the transformational implications of new technologies (in particular, the process of datafication), especially as it pertains to the relationship between individuals and society. Giulio is the Managing Director of Westpac’s Financial Markets eCommerce. New technologies and greater capture and use of data are transforming Financial Markets globally and bringing down traditional barriers of entry.  In this context, Giulio and his team are responsible for creating a digitally enabled and data-driven Financial Markets business, transforming the way the trading and sales units operate and service Westpac clients. He sits on the Board of the enterprise software firm R3 as a Director. (R3, in partnership with over 80 financial institutions, is looking to build and commercialize its distributed ledger/blockchain platform.)

Prior to joining Westpac he worked at Barclays Global Investors (BGI) as a Portfolio Manager, Strategist and Senior Researcher. Before moving to the world of finance, Giulio held research fellow roles at the University of Sydney and at l’Università degli Studi dell’Insubria (Como, Italy), developing mathematical models to assist in the design and reasoning about distributed systems. He has a PhD in Pure Mathematics from Sydney University. Giulio is married to Vicki and has three young daughters. Though born in Australia, he comes from a migrant family background.  Giulio believes organisations working to create equal opportunity in society (especially for the potentially vulnerable) and to combat the parochial and negative aspects of ‘entitlement’ need to be supported in Australia.  

Peter Gesovic

Member

Peter is a doctor and has been a member of IARC for the past decade. He consults to health sector on both business and educational maters and in particular those concerned with general practice around Australia. The dynamic between traditional modes of pedagogy and emerging digital trends is a particular area of interest. He has been a close observer and student of global migration for many years using a variety of intellectual tools in the consideration of fundamental issues of human wellbeing.

Staff

Sabina Wynn

Center Director

Sabina has recently joined the Immigration Advice & Rights Centre having spent the last 10 years as the Executive Director of the Australian Law Reform Commission. During that time, Sabina was involved in sixteen law reform inquiries many of which sought and received input, advice and submissions from the community legal sector. Prior to her time at the ALRC, Sabina worked as the Director of Industry and Cultural Development at Screen Australia. She holds a Master’s in Public Policy from UNSW and a BA in Social Science from the University of Canterbury in the UK.

Ali Mojtahedi

Principal Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent 0959999

Ali is the Principal Solicitor at IARC. He was previously a senior solicitor and acting principal solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service. He is a former author and editor of the Immigration Kit and Immigration News, has lectured on immigration and refugee law and his writing on family reunion has been published. Ali is a member of several committees including as the chair of the Law Society of NSW Human Rights Committee, the chair of the Bankstown Community Resource Group and a co-convenor of the NSW PII committee.

Jessica Schulman

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent 1276304

Since being admitted as a solicitor in 2011, Jessica Schulman has practiced exclusively in immigration, refugee and citizenship law. For the last 5 years, Jessica has worked as a solicitor and registered migration agent at the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre. Jessica’s professional interests include policy and law reform in the area of migration and citizenship. A strong advocate for access to legal services and social justice, she has delivered training on migration law across NSW and spoken publicly on issues facing vulnerable migrants in Australia, most recently at the MIA Conference held in Melbourne in late 2017.

Greg Rohan

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent 1804253

Greg is a Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent and has worked at IARC since April 2018. Greg joined IARC from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Canberra where he worked on refugee law and policy issues, refugee status determination, resettlement and capacity building as well as undertaking several detention monitoring missions to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea. Before practicing law, Greg worked in the financial services industry in various roles in operations, project management and business development in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Greg holds a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws and a Master of Laws, specialising in international law.

Alexandra Vaughan

Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent 1570036

Alexandra is a Solicitor and Registered Migration Agent who joined IARC in 2018. Alexandra is committed to providing greater access to legal services and bridging the justice gap for vulnerable migrants and asylum seekers. Since 2008, Alexandra has been involved in human rights, migration, refugee and administrative law in various capacities, including law lecturer of final year law students, investigative journalist, university research associate, legal commentator, lawyer and migration agent. Alexandra’s journalism has been nominated for two national awards and her ABC investigative work into suicide in detention made headline news internationally and culminated in the Commonwealth Ombudsman’s review of mental health of detainees in 2011. Following her admission as a solicitor in 2012, Alexandra has worked within a variety of different legal disciplines (including criminal law and civil litigation), from a range of perspectives (Non-profit, government and private practice) in different Australian and international jurisdictions (including Nauru, Bolivia and Argentina). She has contributed to projects that have been nominated for or won three professional awards. Alexandra’s professional background and is a testament to her dedication to the social justice sphere and furthering the public interest.

Jane King   

Finance Coordinator

Jane commenced as IARC’s part-time Finance Officer in January 2016. She has worked in the NSW community legal sector for many years in a range of policy, management and finance roles.