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

Deputy Chairperson

Asad is a Melbourne based lawyer and finance professional with more than 20 years of experience as an adviser to some of the world’s largest banks, investment and infrastructure funds in the South East Asian region and the Middle East. He is a leading Islamic finance adviser and has advised on more than $1 billion of successfully implemented Australian Islamic finance transactions.

He is currently a Director in the international advisory firm, Deloitte in their Financial Services and Investment group and also served as a Special Counsel in the firm’s legal practice, Deloitte Lawyers.

He has held senior appointments with the Islamic bank, Kuwait Finance House and Australian top tier law firm, King and Wood Mallesons.

He co-founded Amanah Islamic Finance, a home finance provider with committed finance of more than $100 million which provides Islamic financial solutions across Australia.

Sherene Hassan

Sherene Hassan


Sherene Hassan is the Education 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 1,000 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.

In 2016, Sherene was selected as ‘Muslim Woman of the Year’ at the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards (AMAA).

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.

Padmini Sebastian

Padmini Sebastian OAM


Padmini Sebastian is responsible for the award winning Immigration Museum, Museums Victoria located in Melbourne, Australia.

She has worked in the performing arts, media and museum sectors with a focus on organisational leadership, strategic operations and transformation. She has established extensive national and international partnerships and networks to build cross disciplinary and intercultural connections and initiatives. She is interested in the role cultural organisations can play in creating dynamic, open, safe and friendly communities.

Padmini serves on Boards and Committees including Deakin University’s Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Victorian Women’s Trust and Islamic Museum of Australia. She is a Churchill Fellow and was recently awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to multiculturalism and the community.

Huss Mustafa

Huss Mustafa OAM


Huss Mustafa OAM has a Turkish Cypriot heritage with very humble beginnings who migrated to Australia with his family at the age of 10 and is currently a Senior Executive at Commonwealth Bank of Australia, with over 43 years of service.

Within 6 years of arriving in Australia in 1968, with no knowledge of the English language he passed all his grades, and in 1974 obtained a position at the then State Bank Of Victoria, which merged with The Commonwealth Bank in 1991.

Huss after 10 years at the bank, and at the ripe old age of 27 seeking to fulfil his career aspirations, applied and was granted a bursary from his employer to undertake further studies on a part time basis to complete his undergraduate studies majoring in Accounting, which he completed in 1989.

Huss since then has also completed a Post Graduate Diploma of Financial Services Management and a Masters of Management degree from Macquarie University of NSW.

Huss is a highly motivated and passionate leader with an outstanding track record as an effective General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank, a Fellow of The National Institute of Public Accountants and Member of the Institute of Company Directors.

Having experienced great difficulties as a migrant from a non-English background, he has over the last 25 years been very active and passionate in supporting community-based initiatives in Australia. He has established a high profile amongst a cross-section of the ethnic population of Australia, and has a passion for supporting and celebrating Multiculturalism in Australia that recognizes the contribution and benefits of cultural diversity.

Huss in 2011 was appointed as a Commissioner at The Victorian Multicultural Commission for a 4 year term and is currently a member of the Small Business Minister’s Multicultural Business Ministerial Council.

He is a founding member of the Australian Turkish Business Council and is currently the President in his 10th term. Huss has also served three terms on the Australian of the Year judging panel.

Huss has been a role model citizen within our Community and he continues to mentor a large number of professionals and Business owners and in 2014 he was included on the Queen’s Birthday Honors list and received the Order of Australia Medal for his contribution to Multiculturalism and Business.

Management Team

Ashraf Naim

General Manager

Wafa Fahour

Retail Operations Manager

Sherene Hassan

Education Director