Meet Our Team

Individual commitment to a group effort: That is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.

Amie Hope

Manager

I have always been drawn to the not for profit world, after working overseas with the International Organisation for Migration. I returned home to enjoy the direct impact and creativity that only a community organisation can provide. I have a keen interest in people and migration which led me to complete a Bachelor of International Studies, a course in Forced Migration at Oxford University and more recently Social Change Leadership at New York University. I have worked in a variety of areas in Migration including, refugee camps, cultural orientation training and resettlement. I love the opportunity for social change that managing MECA provides and I am very happy spending my days surrounded by inspiring colleagues, volunteers and a vibrant community.

Daniel Gobena

Community/Youth Worker

I engage and work closely with young people, relevant organisations, local businesses, community groups and education providers. My role is to establish educational and employment referral pathways for clients and also coordinate school based mentoring programs. I am passionate about working collaboratively in supporting community initiatives.

Embreen Khan

Community Engagement

Kiaora and G’Day. Growing up across the ditch in New Zealand and residing in Australia for the last 13 years, has allowed me to experience the essence of true multicultural societies. I have always been fascinated with cultural diversity and history, which led me through the golden gates of MECA to develop greater engagement within the community. I am new to the community sector and find this industry vastly more intriguing and rewarding than my background in the corporate sector. Majority of my education and work history is in Marketing, Brand Management, Social and Digital Media Marketing and Communications. I graduated with a Bachelor of Business focused in Marketing & IT from Auckland University of Technology. I love all forms of art and I have a passion for interior and architectural design. I am a mother to two beautiful boys and their pet fish Jake.

Yousef Ammar

Bilingual Caseworker

I grew up in a mountainous village and came to Australia in 2000 with my family. Prior to coming to Australia I was a journalist at the Arabic radio station. I have always felt inspired to assist others in the pursuit of their goals, I am encouraged by colleagues and leaders who carry out their work in a respectful and empowering manner. I have a keen interest in different cultures, migration and people’s journey through resettlement. I am meticulous in my work and like everything to be in order, working in the not for profit world has definitely challenged my perfectionism and helped me to learn flexibility. I love gardening and reading!

Raeanne Ali

Bilingual Caseworker

I was born in Kabul, Afghanistan and I speak Dari, limited Pashto and Urdu. I studied accounting and then worked at a bank for 3 years in Kabul. Due to the war, I left Afghanistan and went to Pakistan with my family prior to coming to Australia in 2002. My own experiences as a refugee and my dedication to working with people who have been forced to leave their country of origin led me to work as a caseworker with refugees in Australia. I thoroughly enjoy my work as a caseworker at MECA. People have their own challenges and successes throughout the resettlement process and I believe that people deserve to live their life freely and with dignity.

Fadi Deeb

Admin Officer

I have always been fascinated with people’s stories, their journeys, the ups, downs and what it is that makes us truly happy. As a husband and father of two, I have come to a realisation that nothing makes us happier than making others happy. I bring this outlook and understanding to my role at MECA. I use my administration, I.T and design skills that I have acquired while working in various roles within both the corporate and NGO sector.