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The Power of Hope with Kon Karapanagiotidis

In The Power of Hope, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre founder Kon Karapanagiotidis describes how he prevailed over a childhood of racism, bullying and isolation – and went on to create one of Australia’s largest and most influential human rights organisations. ‘Hope is only exhausted if we forsake ourselves,’ he writes. ‘It is both our sanctuary and our destiny to live a life with love, belonging, connection and community.'

To celebrate his heartfelt memoir, Karapanagiotidis will talk about the personally and politically transformative potential of hope – and host a night of hope-driven storytelling with Alisha Fernando, Banok Rind, Nyadol Nyuon, Abiola Ajetomobi, Leila Gurruwiwi and Caro Cabezas.

Paperback will be our bookseller at this event.


Portrait of Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis

Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO and founder of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the largest independent human rights organisation for refugees and people seeking asylum in Australia. They assist thousands of people each year, with the help of over 1200 volunteers and 125 staff.  

Portrait of Alisha Fernando

Alisha Fernando

Alisha Fernando is the Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Melbourne where she is responsible for leading the Diversity and Inclusion portfolio across the University, with a strong focus on implementation of programs and initiatives supporting 5 key pillars: Gender, LGBTI+, Disability, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Indigenous, Ethnicity and Race. 

Alisha was born in Vietnam in 1980. Fleeing Vietnam in 1982 with her parents and uncle, they were rescued by a Dutch freight ship in the South China Sea.  The Dutch ship brought Alisha and her family to a refugee camp in Pulau Bidong (Malaysia) where they received refugee status and granted safe haven to Australia.

Portrait of Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon

Nyadol Nyuon is a commercial litigator with Arnold Bloch Leibler and a community advocate.  

She was born in a refugee camp in Itang, Ethiopia, and raised in Kakuma Refugee camp, Kenya. At eighteen, Nyadol moved to Australia as a refugee. Since then she has completed a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Melbourne.

Outside her work, and through the experiences of her family and community, Nyadol has developed an interest in issues concerning human rights, multiculturalism, the settlement of refugees and those seeking asylum. She has volunteered extensively in relation to these areas has worked with governmental and non-governmental organisations. 

In both 2011 and 2014, Nyadol was nominated as one of the hundred most influential African Australians. She is currently a board member of the Melbourne University Social Equity Institute.

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