Dr Susan Carland has a PhD in sociology, and is the Director of the Bachelor of Global Studies at Monash University. Susan has been listed on the 500 Most Influential Muslims in the World list, and a "Muslim Leader of Tomorrow" by the UN Alliance of Civilizations. As an academic and author, Susan's work has appeared in local and international newspapers, academic journals, websites, and anthologies. Firmly believing in Benevolence's ethos and approach to Islam in Australia, Susan has been a part of the Benevolence community since its inception.
Toltu Tufa specialises in connecting with diverse communities and believes Benevolence has a genuine pulse on what Australian Muslim communities need. Toltu has won state awards for her educational programs, and most recently founded Afaan Publications, an initiative to promote Africa’s fourth most widely spoken language: Afaan Oromo. When Toltu is not with her two children, she pursues a career in Psychology and also works at a specialist hospital in Melbourne.
Hena Kalam is ExxonMobil’s Pipeline Risk Coordinator and a professional engineer. Alongside her professional work, Hena is passionate about giving back to the community by actively volunteering for causes she believes in. She is a teacher and Deputy Principal at BeneKids, and also serves on the board for the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR). Hena's volunteering work is part of her commitment to contribute to society by strengthening communities through mutual respect, love and harmony.
Meriem E. Abida is skilled in intervention and change management, holding a Masters of Science in Business Studies from the University of Sherbrooke, Canada. She is passionate about bringing people together in the Muslim and wider community to foster social cohesion, harmony, and connectedness. Meriem believes Benevolence has an authentic and vital role within the Australian Muslim community and the outreach sphere on a national and international level.
Being the CEO, Meriem is steering Benevolence through its new phase of growth as it transitions from a grassroots organisation providing a safe space for Muslims, to a leading voice in shaping the Australian Muslim narrative. Working closely with the Board of Directors, Meriem oversees the management team and provides strong and clear leadership as Benevolence expands through collaboration, bringing the vision of Benevolence to a broader audience.
BeneKids and BeneYouth
Azi Mustapa earned her Commerce and International Business degree in the US, and began her career with American Express as a Financial Advisor and then found her passion in Human Resources and Operations. With an international background spanning Malaysia, Laos, Egypt, Indonesia, the United States and now Australia, she has now made Melbourne her home. Her drive and achievements are born from a genuine desire to help others realise their goals and reach their potential. Azi has a passion for working as part of a community to earnestly make a contribution to others and make a real difference and add value to those around her.