Retired Major General Ian Gordon AO
General Gordon worked for over 30 years in the Australian Army, rising to Deputy Chief of Army. General Gordon’s final posting was as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation where he witnessed first-hand the realities of the Middle East. He says “I can’t stay silent about what I see as a dreadful situation…”
The APAN Executive
Bishop George Browning, President
Bishop Browning served for many decades as an Anglican Priest and Bishop in Australia, most recently for 15 years as the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He has recently completed his PhD “Sabbath and the Common Good” – a challenge to communities of faith to take the lead in environmental responsibility. George has been a frequent visitor to Palestine and host of Palestinian leaders in Australia.
Professor Bassam Dally, Vice President
Bassam is a Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering, the University of Adelaide. He is the cofounder and executive member of the Australian Friends of Palestine Association, and is the founder and convener of the annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture in Adelaide.
Ms Ros Harper, Secretary
Ros is part of the Palestine Israel Ecumenical Network. She has worked in humanitarian aid and development in Africa and Asia, including in West Bank, Gaza and Israel.
Mr Nasser Mashni, Treasurer
Nasser is the son of a Palestinian refugee. He is a co-founder of Australians For Palestine, a founding board member of Olive Kids, and CEO of a financial services company. With his father’s legacy in mind, Nasser is determined to continue the struggle for justice and a free Palestine.
Dr George Hatoum, Executive Member
George was born and raised in a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. George arrived in Australia in 1985 and studied Medicine at UNSW. He is a medical doctor, and runs a Family Medical practice in Bankstown with his wife. George is on the coordination committee for the Palestinian Community of NSW and the convenor of a variety of community groups.
Mr Asem Mousa, Executive Member
Asem is a Management Consultant specialising in technology management and valuation. He is the Chair of the Palestinian Community of WA. Asem also served at the Board of Association for Services to Torture and Trauma Survivors (2014-15). Before moving to Perth, Asem was an active member of community organisations in Melbourne and Sydney
Ms Roba Rayan, Executive Member
Roba is a Palestinian woman whose story of statelessness inspired her to study law and become an advocate for human rights. In her work as a lawyer she works with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors of abuse. Roba is an active member of the Palestinian Community in Queensland is on the founding committee of Falasteen Inc and co-founder of the Muslim Legal Network Queensland.
Assoc Prof Peter Slezak, Executive Member
Peter is Associate Professor in History & Philosophy at the University of New South Wales. Peter was co-founder in 2007 of Independent Australian Jewish Voices (IAJV) seeking to widen the public discourse in support of Palestinian rights especially within the Jewish community.
Ms Wendy Turner, Executive Member
Wendy is a Brisbane-based unionist, and committed social justice and human rights advocate with firsthand experience of Israel’s illegal conduct in Gaza and occupation of the West Bank. She is the Queensland Convenor of Labor Friends of Palestine and has extensive networks in the broader Labour movement enabling collaborations with other Palestine advocacy groups to fulfil awareness raising to build on the growing convictions about the importance of equal rights and justice for Palestinians.
Ms Jessica Morrison, Executive Officer
Jessica has been involved in peace and justice movements for many years, and has been with APAN since 2011. Her background is in social work which she taught at a tertiary level. She is a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams and in early 2015 spent six weeks serving with their team in Hebron in Palestine.
Mr Michael Shaik, Project Worker
Michael has been a pro-Palestine activist since 2003. He was one of the founders of the FREE GAZA campaign to break Israel’s maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip and is a contributor to three books on the role of non-violent direct action in the struggle for Palestinian independence.
Ms Lisa Arnold, Study Tour Coordinator
Lisa is a humanitarian aid worker with 20 years’ experience in the Middle East, particularly in Palestine and Israel. She has worked in the humanitarian aid sector throughout the Middle East and Asia. She has hosted Australian study tours to Palestine since 2010.