Community Panel member
Appointed May 2016
Mohammad Al-Khafaji is from Adelaide and is the CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), the peak national body representing ethnic and multicultural communities in Australia. Mohammad is the former CEO of Welcome to Australia, Hon. Secretary of FECCA and a member of the SBS Community Advisory Committee.
Born in Iraq, he came to Australia in 2003 via Syria as a refugee when he was 13. He completed a Bachelor of Software Engineering at the University of Adelaide in 2012.
He is passionate about changing the national conversation around asylum seekers to a positive one through education and grass roots movements. Mohammad believes cultural diversity makes us richer as a society and he is passionate about ensuring the voice of new and emerging communities are heard and are represented.
Mohammad was a delegate at the Federal Government’s 2020 Youth Summit in Canberra in 2008, awarded the South Australian Governor’s Multicultural award for youth achievement in 2012, and was a finalist in the 2018 SA young Australian of the year awards.