Board of Directors


Dr. Bulent (Hass) Dellal AO


Hass Dellal AO is the Executive Director of the Australian Multicultural Foundation and Deputy Chairman of the SBS Board of Directors. He has over 25 years’ experience in policy, management, community development and programming for cultural diversity.

He has extensive experience nationally and internationally in multicultural affairs. He serves on various boards and committees and has spearheaded initiatives for the development of the general community. He has prepared programs on community relations on behalf of Government authorities and the private sector. Hass is Chair of the Centre for Multicultural Youth, Co-Chair of the Victoria Police Multifaith Council, Board Member of the European Multicultural Foundation, a Fellow of the Williamson Leadership Program and an Australia Day Ambassador.

He was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to Multiculturalism, the Arts and the Community in 1997, and the Centenary of Federation Medal in 2003. He was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences by RMIT University in 2006.

Asad Ansari

Asad Ansari

Deputy Chairperson

Asad is currently a Director at Deloitte. He is a corporate lawyer with more than 15 years of Australian and international experience. His principal areas of practice include corporate governance, M&A and taxation law. He has also acted for large corporates in complex litigation across all major Australian jurisdictions with a focus in the Federal Court of Australia.

He also held the position as a Director of a regional Asian investment bank where he was responsible for the development of real estate funds, financial instruments and capital market products to facilitate foreign investment into Australia.

He is a proud Melbournian and spends as much time as he can with his young family and his free time (if any) following the Essendon Football Club.

Sherene Hassan

Sherene Hassan


Sherene Hassan is a director of the Islamic Museum of Australia.

She served as vice president and secretary of the Islamic Council of Victoria, the peak body for 90 000 Victorian Muslims for nearly eight years. She was one of the media spokespeople for the Council during that period.

To date she has conducted over 800 information sessions on Islam to diverse audiences ranging from the Flying Fruit Fly Circus School to the Australian Federal Police.

In December 2007, Sherene was selected by the Age newspaper as one of Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential people.

Formerly a chemistry and physics teacher, Sherene is married with four children.

Miriam Silva

Miriam Silva


Miriam is currently Acting CEO of TAFE South Australia. Prior to this, Miriam was Chief Operating Officer for FleetPartners a leading leasing and fleet management company across Australia and New Zealand.

Miriam has more than 20 years’ experience across multiple industries including pharmaceuticals, banking and agriculture as well as diverse board experience.

Miriam was previously the General Manager Commercial Operations at Elders Ltd responsible for operations on a national level and prior to that held a number of roles with ANZ Banking Group Limited.
Miriam is a member of the University of SA Council, Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SA), SA Film Corporation board and Premier’s Council for Women (SA).
She volunteers with a number of organisations including the Muslim Women’s Association of SA Inc., International Women’s Day Committee (SA) Inc. and Rotary International.


Prof. Abdullah Saeed


Professor Abdullah Saeed is currently the Sultan of Oman Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies and Director of the National Centre of Excellence for Islamic Studies at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is also a Fellow of theAustralian Academy of Humanities. Among his publications are: Reading the Qur’an in the Twenty-First Century (2014); Islam and Human Rights (edited, 2012), Islamic Political Thought and Governance (edited, 2011); The Qur’an: An Introduction (2008); Interpreting the Qur’an: Towards a Contemporary Approach (2006), Islamic Banking and Interest (1999); Islam in Australia (2003); Freedom of Religion, Apostasy and Islam (co-authored, 2004).

Prof Saeed works closely with various national and international organisations and contributes to their projects relating to Islam and Islamic thought. He is currently a member of the UNESCO Commission of Australia of the Department of Foreign Affairs of Australia. He contributes to print and electronic media on Islamic issues. He has a wide range of professional and research relationships around the world, and is on the editorial board of several international refereed journals. He is also well-known for his inter-faith activities in Australia and overseas. He was awarded Order of Australia (AM) in 2013.


Tahmina Ansari


Tahmina Ansari is an award-winning multi-platform journalist who came to Australia with her family as refugees from Afghanistan in the early 90s. In 2014, she was awarded the ABC Sydney Cadetship and has since worked in Sydney and western NSW newsrooms as a news presenter, reporter and video journalist. Tahmina made history in 2013 by being the first veiled reporter on national television. Her stories have featured on flagship programs such as Landline, AM and PM. She has also presented the flagship TV current affairs program Australian Story. In 2014 she was a finalist in the NSW Kennedy Awards for Outstanding Radio News and Current Affairs. Most recently she was a finalist for the camerawork category for the Young Walkley Awards and won the 2015 NSW Young Journalist of the Year at the Premier’s Multicultural Media Awards.


Azmeena Hussain


Azmeena Hussain is a Senior Associate at Maurice Blackburn Lawyers and acts for clients who have suffered injury, discrimination or loss in the course of their employment.

Azmeena is on the Board of Intouch Multicultural Centre against Family Violence and an External Advisor to Victoria Police, Chief Commissioner’s Human Rights Strategic Advisory Committee. She is an AFL Multicultural Ambassador and judging panel member on the Australia Day Awards– New Australian of the Year.

She is the Chair of Maurice Blackburn’s National Community Engagement Strategy and is an Advisor to The Huddle at North Melbourne Football Club and Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria.

She was the Co – Chair of the Office for Women at the Islamic Council of Victoria and former board member of the Southern Migrant Resource Centre.

Most recently she was awarded a Victorian Women’s Governance scholarship by the Victorian Government.

Management Team

Ashraf Naim

General Manager

Wafa Fahour

Retail Operations Manager

Sherene Hassan

Education Director