Rawan Arraf – Principal Lawyer & Executive Director
Rawan has ten years of legal experience in refugee protection, administrative law and international human rights law. Rawan most recently worked as a refugee lawyer at community legal centre, Refugee Advice & Casework Service providing a wide range of protection advice to people seeking asylum in Australia. She is actively engaged with lawyers and organisations working in universal jurisdiction litigation abroad and in 2018 trained with the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), Berlin, working closely with the International Crimes and Accountability team on universal jurisdiction matters.
Rawan is an arts and law graduate of the University of Sydney and has completed specialist human rights and international law courses at the European University Institute in Florence. Rawan is completing a Master of Laws from the University of New South Wales. She is a fellow of the Centre for Australian Progress.
Katie Wrigley – Non-Executive Director
Katie is a Senior Solicitor with the Legal Aid Commission NSW. She oversees the Commission’s migration law practice. Katie has 28 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit legal sector. She has served on volunteer boards of community legal centres including Macarthur Legal Centre, and has held positions as the Principal Solicitor with both Welfare Rights and the Refugee Advice & Casework Service where she was responsible for those centres’ legal practice. Her practice of law since her admission has consistently involved helping people in situations of disadvantage access legal assistance. In her current position she has been responsible for the management of the financial contract with the Department of Immigration for provision of services under the IAAAS program. In 2018 she successfully completed the LEAD program with Legal Aid, a leadership program. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sydney. She has lectured on International Law at Macquarie University.
Ledia Andrawes – Non-Executive Director
Ledia is a strategist, anthropologist, and co-design facilitator, with 14 years’ experience driving human-centered approaches in global health and humanitarian innovations. She has done this through partnerships with governments, NGOs, startups, foundations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and multilateral organisations such as WHO, UNICEF, and the World Bank. Mindful of how power and privilege can influence outcomes, she is guided by indigenous knowledge systems, as well as ethnographic and participatory practices to foster community-owned action. She co-founded Sonder Collective to co-create more equitable social futures by integrating rigour with heart. Among her achievements, Ledia led the development of TalktoLoop.io, a social accountability platform for crisis-affected communities. She also led the ‘Reimagine Peacebuilding’ initiative with Humanity United, co-creating visions for decolonised peacebuilding futures with 25+ peace activists globally. She has also facilitated the co-creation of a more equitable immunisation strategy for 60 countries with GAVI (the Global Alliance for Vaccines & Immunisation).
Previously, Ledia established ThinkPlace’s innovation consultancy in Kenya, driving impactful projects, from citizen-centered health policies in Kenya and digital solutions for Ghanaian nurses, to reimagining humanitarian action with the Overseas Development Institute. Currently, Ledia is Director of Customer Experience at ResMed. She holds a PhD in Anthropology from UCL’s Centre for Global Prosperity in London, a Master in Business from RMIT University, and Bachelor of Design from University of Technology, Sydney.