The Board

Board of Management

Madenia Abdurahman – President. Retired School Principal. Experience with Not For Profit Sector. Chair of Muslim Aid Australia.

Chris McDiven AM – Chair. Chris is a retired teacher and businesswoman who has served on numerous Not-for-Profit boards. In 2005 she was elected the first female President of the Liberal Party of Australia. In addition to her role with Together for Humanity, she is involved with Rotary and has chaired the Host Organising Committee for an International Peacebuilding Conference in Sydney in March 2018.

Zubeda Raihman – Treasurer. Qualified accountant with experience in a senior position at Macquarie University revenue service and in the not for profit sector, particularly with Interfaith and Muslim organizations.

Tina Green – Director. Tina has recently been appointed to the board. Her bio details to be updated shortly. We welcome Tina to the board, building on her involvement in one of our sub-committees.

Sam Halbouni – Director. Sam is currently the Principal of Arkana College, a post he has held for the past 7 years. He is a Justice of the Peace, a member of IPSHA (Independent Primary School Heads of Australia), currently serving as the Proficient Teacher Accreditation Liaison Head, ISAA (Islamic Schools Association of Australia) and a member of the AISNSW Inaugural Advisory Council.

Valerie Hoogstad – Director. Valerie has over 25 years of experience working in universities, both in academia and as a Director involved with International Education. Currently, Valerie is working part-time at Sydney University and as a consultant in Intercultural Communications. She is also the Chair for NSW Centre for Volunteering and a director on the Board of Odyssey House.  Valerie has a Masters degree in Education and is the author of 16 textbooks related to literacy and business communications.

Nim Rutnam – Director. Nim is a qualified Solicitor, Entrepreneur, Human Rights Activist and Philanthropist who has served on numerous Not For Profit Boards. Nim was the past General Counsel & Executive Director for Procter & Gamble, Australia/New Zealand.

Jacquie Seemann-Charak – Partner of Thomson Geer, a national commercial law firm, in the employment and safety law team in Sydney.  Jacquie has worked extensively with not-for-profit organisations (of many faiths and none) in the education and community service sectors over the past 25 years.  She has held a variety of volunteer and executive positions in the Jewish community since she was a teenager.  

William Peter Stephinson – Director. Over 35 years’ experience in business and marketing. This includes his roles with Stop Shot International. Participated in Government grants to promote Australian technology. Alumni member of the Australian Technology Showcase and mentor to new and emerging companies and technologies.

Timothy Ian Stern – Director. Experience in the real estate and retails sectors. Volunteer within the Jewish Community.  Qualified as a Boy Scout leader.

Jana Bohumila Wendt – Director. Has worked as a journalist for many years, covering stories of international interest, including issues of peace and conflict as these intersect with culture, and religion. Jana is also an author.

Di Yerbury- Director. Former and first female Vice-Chancellor, Macquarie University and Telstra NSW Businesswoman of the Year, 2002.  She has been President of several higher educational associations and peak bodies, nationally and internationally. She has been Chair or member of over 20 government reviews in Australia and overseas, and government accreditation panels.  

Rabbi Zalman Kastel –National Director. Ordained minister of the Jewish Faith and qualified teacher with over 20 years of experience as an educator in primary and secondary schools. Zalman has a passion for working across communities to develop better understanding between the major faiths. He founded Together for Humanity (in an earlier form as the Goodness and Kindness project) in 2002.