APAN people

APAN Patrons:

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…”

Ms Wendy Turner
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. She has extensive networks in the broad Labour Movement enabling collaborations and awareness raising to build on the important growing convictions in support of freedom, equal rights and justice for the Palestinian people.

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.

Mr Nasser Mashni, Vice President
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.

Jon Jueidini, Secretary
Jon Jureidini is a child psychiatrist who also trained in philosophy. He is a professor in the Disciplines of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Adelaide.  Jon is the chair of the Australian Palestinian Partnerships in Education in Health, an incorporated DGR Charity. 

Mr Bruce Francis, Treasurer
Bruce has spent the last 16 years working in the International development sector campaigning for systemic change. Prior to that Bruce held leadership roles in community broadcasting and worked in the community development sector. Bruce is a former chairperson of the Fitzroy and Carlton Community Credit union and has a long-term interest in justice for Palestine.

Assoc Prof Peter Slezak
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.

Hiba El Farra
Hiba is a Palestinian based in Perth, who was born outside Palestine and lived in many Middle Eastern Countries before settling in Australia 18 years ago.  Hiba is a lawyer who practiced in the Middle East, predominantly in civil law.  She is an active member of the Palestinian Community of Western Australia and has volunteered with refugees in Perth.

Claire Moore
Claire was a Senator for Queensland for 17 years including holding the portfolio of Shadow Minister for International Development. Claire is the President of the UN Association in Queensland. Claire visited Palestine on an APAN study tour in 2017 that confirmed her commitment to action.

Claudia Hyles
Claudia joined APAN in 2015 after visiting Palestine on a life-changing APAN Study Tour. She is formerly employed at the National Gallery of Australia, is a writer and reviewer and has lived and worked in many developing countries. Claudia was awarded the Medal in the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2020 for service to the community of the ACT.

Noura Mansour
Noura is a Palestinian educator, writer, political analyst, and community organiser, involved in community development for almost 20 years. Noura has worked with NGOs in Palestine, as well as international solidarity movements in South Korea and Australia. Her interest in Palestine is a manifestation of passion about community and human rights values.

Staff

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 has served with their team in Hebron in Palestine.

Sara Sal
Campaigner

Sara Sal is a campaigner for refugee rights and racial justice who has spent over a decade in grassroots and international organisations in Australia and the Middle East. Sara is co-editor of the recently released anthology, Arab-Australian-Other: Stories on Race and Identity (Picador 2019) and is currently working on her debut novel.

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.