Tulip Chowdhury (past President)
Tulip is a passionate advocate for women’s welfare. Tulip joined the Australian Public Service in 1989 and served with distinction for 31 years, holding senior positions in industrial relations, international education and the delivery of a number of key government programs. Balancing the challenges of career, family and motherhood, she has also played leading roles in the Bangladeshi community and the Bangla Language School in Canberra. She questions prevailing norms to create a voice for the silent and vulnerable.
Bushra Khanum (past Vice President)
Bushra is currently working for the National Library of Australia. Bushra has held executive roles for 10 years in charity organisations such as Let’s Work for Bangladesh and the Fred Hyde Foundation. Her passion is to equip and empower regional Bangladeshi located in disadvantaged areas through education-based opportunities.
Suilin Chung (past Treasurer)
She works locally in Canberra at the Reserve bank of Australia where she is part of the Banking portfolio. She has always been passionate about the need to empower and assist those in need. Since moving to Australia, she has been involved with Red Cross for over 5 years and now a part of ALO. She is passionate to work hard and relish in the opportunity to work with women from various backgrounds.
Dr Nafisa Asif
With extensive experience working across the public (Commonwealth and state government) and the private sector, Nafisa found her calling in social research that informs policy and programs to achieve long-term outcomes for the most vulnerable communities in Australia. Currently she works as a Senior Researcher for the Department of Communities and Justice, NSW. Nafisa has had a long-standing commitment to improving women’s health; in particular, the sexual health of women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Currently at Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), Open Arms – Veterans & Families Counselling, Nasreen is involved in the delivery of specialised support and care to members of the veteran community which has fostered her understanding on the issues faced by women and families in our community. Nasreen brings to ALO a wide range of experience to support women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background.
Alice has a strong ability to build productive work relationships in a team environment. With years of public service experience in customer/ client relations. Alice loves engaging with people from different backgrounds. This is why she is an active community worker. She has served her community as twice-appointed cultural secretary in the Bangladesh Australia Association in Canberra (BAAC). She has also engaged in many voluntary works, including fund raising for Red Cross, Salvation Army, Breast Cancer Association, and the Heart Foundation.
Zaheen Rahman is currently working in ACT public service. Her life in Australia also includes working on different Australian charities, non- for-profit organisations. With a strong urge to network with CALD women, ALO is serving the right purpose for her. As a new mother of a girl child, she wishes to unleash girls’ power in all its dimensions.