The Australia Malaysia Institute (AMI) contributed funding for a Leadership Training Program for young Muslims with delegates from Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines participating in a seven week program organised by the Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University.
The program focused on developing leadership skills, as well as inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding. The program included a series of dialogues, seminars and workshops in Canberra, Sydney and Melbourne and meetings with emerging Muslim leaders in Australia, as well as with influential Australians including top business leaders, faith leaders, federal, state and local politicians, community activists, bureaucrats, community leaders, ethnic group leaders, media practitioners and the diverse Muslim community in Australia.
The delegation visited Parliament House and arranged dialogues with ministers in the government and leader opposition shadow members of parliament.
2011 Leadership Program Southeast Asian Delegates at Parliament House, from left Hafiz Salae (Thailand), Jufitri Bin Joha (Malaysia), Abdelnur P. Campong (Philippines), Aan Rukmana (Indonesia), Zulfadhli Gazali (Singapore), Leigh Halud (Philippines), Sakiroh Y. Benharoon (Thailand) and Farhana Halim (Malaysia) (Photo courtesy of Centre for Dialogue, La Trobe University)