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Sultana's Dream
May 2013


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Contributing Writers - May 2013 Issue

Randa Abdel-Fattah is an award-winning author whose books are published around the world. She also works as a litigation lawyer and is a passionate human rights activist. Randa is regularly sought for comment in the media and has appeared on TV shows such as the ABC’s Q & A, George Negus, The Drum, Insight, First Tuesday Book Club, and Sunrise. Randa regularly gives talks and writers’ workshops at schools and writers’ festivals around Australia and overseas. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two children.

Fatima Ali was the Project Manager for the Australian Arab Women's Dialogue Project which took place in March. She is an accomplished senior manager who has worked in State and Australian Government agencies and the not-for-profit sector. She has been responsible for policy development and service delivery in areas of women and migrants’ health, cultural diversity and refugees and asylum seekers--in in particular unaccompanied minors. She has also managed significant systems reforms in mental health and disability services.

Of Lebanese background, Fatima is passionate about the rights of women, in particular Arabic women and contributes to a range of international and community organisations in voluntary positions. She holds Masters degrees in Public Administration and International Affairs (Peace and Conflict Studies) from the Australian National University.

Hanifa Deen is an award-winning author who writes narrative non-fiction and lives in Melbourne. Her books include: Caravanserai: A Journey Among Australian Muslims; Broken Bangles; The Jihad Seminar and Ali Abdul v. The King. Her new book On the Trail of Taslima is due out in May 2013.
Previous appointments include: Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia, the Board of Directors, Special Broadcasting Services (SBS) as well as senior positions in WA and Victoria in ethnic affairs bureaus. She writes full-time and is Chair of the Institute of Cultural Diversity.

Ruby Hamad is a Sydney-based writer and filmmaker. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently completing a Master of Media Practice at the University of Sydney. Ruby has written for The Sydney Morning Herald, Crikey, Eureka St. and New Matilda. ‘Sultana’ readers can look forward to hearing more from Ruby Hamad who sustains both a hard-hitting style of journalism, and a feminist perspective on human rights and international events.  

Hella Ibrahim is an Egyptian-Melbournian with an inexplicable Canadian accent and a passion for issues of race, religion and women’s rights. She was a Muslim representative in the Parliament of World Religions Youth Committee, has been involved the Centre for Multicultural Youth, and completed a Muslim Leadership Program run by the Latrobe Centre for Dialogue. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Monash University, and has almost finished a Diploma of Editing and Publishing at RMIT University. One day she’ll open a niche-publishing house and change the world through the power of words, but until that happens, she’s interning at Sultana’s Dream.

Dakhylina Madkhul is a practising psychologist who hopes that nobody will hold that against her. She works as a counsellor with families and children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, including new and emerging communities. She is actively involved in the educational and community welfare sectors, with a particular focus on women and young people. She was also a regular panel member appearing on the popular SBS TV show Salaam Café.


Lisa Tribuzio is a Social Worker with ten years experience in the field of equal opportunity, social disadvantage, racism and discrimination and related government policies. She has travelled through Nepal, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Middle East working with human rights organisations promoting cross-cultural exchange, education and an understanding of human diversity. She has a particular focus on the context of communities and how policies, as well as cultural norms, affect access to services and opportunities. She has a Bachelor of Science (Psych), Bachelor of Social Work, Graduate Certificate in Creative Arts Therapy and is currently completing her Masters in Islamic Studies.