APAN Patron: 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 in Australia, most recently as the Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn. He is currently undertaking a doctorate regarding climate change and the Church. 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.
Mr Issa Shaweesh, Executive Member
Issa is a member of the Australian Palestinian Professionals Association and an active member of Australia’s Arab community. He is the founder of a management consulting business and a member of the Australian Arab Business Council based in Sydney.
Dr Peter Manning, Executive Member
Peter is a journalism academic whose Doctorate studies media portrayals of Palestine and Israel. Mr Manning has served as the Head of News and Current Affairs at both the Seven Network and ABC TV. He founded Lateline and Foreign Correspondent and won many awards for his investigative journalism while Executive Producer of Four Corners.
Mr David Forde, Executive Member
David’s interest in the Palestinian cause grew out of his experience with UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Forces in Lebanon) at various stages between 1982-1990, as well as visiting the occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza) in 2010 and 2011. David previously served on the APAN Executive in 2013. David is Irish-born and was a 2014 Pride of Australia Medal winner.
Wendy Turner, Executive Member
Wendy is a Brisbane-based unionist, and committed social justice and human rights advocate with first hand experience of Israel’s illegal conduct in Gaza and occupation of the West Bank.
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.
Jessica Morrison, Executive Officer
Jessica has been involved in peace and justice movements for many years, and has been with APAN since 2011. She has taught extensively in social work and community development fields. She is a member of Christian Peacemaker Teams and in early 2015 spent six weeks serving with their team in Hebron in Palestine.
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.
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.