We help fast track your leadership journey

We connect individuals from refugee or asylum seeker backgrounds with Australian leaders to fast track their leadership career.

Applications are now open for the second annual cohort of the Crescent Champions Club.

Supporting DEAKIN CREATE Career Clinics

Behind every story of "self-made" success is a group of unsung heroes who cleared obstacles and created opportunities. We all need sponsors to open doors and mentors to open minds. In our careers, there are few things that matter more than knowing people who are willing to take a chance on us.

Adam Grant, Best Selling Author of Give and Take and the Originals and Wharton School Professor

Crescent Champions Club

The Crescent Champions Club nurtures individuals from a refugee or asylum seeker background by pairing them up with influential leaders that mentor and guide their journey towards career success and leadership.

The first cohort of the Crescent Champions Club was a tremendous success with more than 69% of graduate mentees finding some sort of paid employment. We look forward to increasing that rate with your help. If you’ve got the experience, then you can change a refugee’s life forever.

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As a Champion, you will be able to offer 

  • Guidance on how to go about progressing in their careers
  • Guidance about life choices
  • Access to valuable networks and connections

Join as a Crescent Foundation Champion and help individuals from a refugee or asylum seeker background by sponsoring and guiding their journey towards success.

Past mentors have said...

“I don't know how to describe it but hmm… I just feel more fulfilled. You know, sometimes I am the one telling him about what’s going on at work… I feel I can do something good… a kind of meaning like… I am a partner in a law firm, and I don’t get that feeling from running (the firm)”.

“It’s nice for me to … my wisdom to impart. I’ve had a lot of help (from others) throughout my career and my career is elevated very quickly. And yeah… it’s nice for me to do this (being a mentor at the Career Clinic) … I make time during the year to do it even though my time is very limited. But that’s one of the things in my week which I really enjoy”.

“I was able to help her (mentee) quite a lot. She got really good feedback (from the Career Clinic) so that was helpful. I would be happy to be involved in the program this year again. And I think I’ll probably do a better job with the benefit of having done this initial one”.

Our Champions

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Professor Bob Carr

Former Foreign Minister
Government of Australia

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Government / Politics

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Penny Bingham-Hall

Non Executive Director
Business

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Business

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Professor Prabhu Sivabalan

Assistant Dean
UTS

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Academia / University

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Heba Hammoud

Retail Executive Leader
NAB

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Banking

LinkedIn

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Professor Talal Yassine

Managing Director
Crescent Wealth

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Asset Management / Finance

Wikipedia

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Yousif Odeh

Adviser
Department of the Prime Minister & Cabinet

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Government / Politics

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Amen Zoabi

Managing Director
BINAH Construction

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Construction

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Affy Bhatti

Director
Deloitte

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Business / Consulting

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Dr. Sayd Farook

Senior Partner
Dinar Standard

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Strategy Consulting

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Peter Gould

Chief Design Officer
Gould Studio

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Design

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Serena Stewart

Senior Advancement Manager
UTS

Industry Sector / Specialisation

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Miriam Silva

Chair
Premier's Council for Women

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Business Management

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Hanan Hammoud

General Counsel
IBM
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Jun Zhang

Managing Consultant
Mastercard
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Andrea Ashley-Brown

Change & Channel Communications Manager / NAB
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Keri Pratt

General Manager
State Super
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Ashhab Bari

Senior Management Consultant
Downer
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Chada Zoabi

Strategic Projects Manager
Orange Hire
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Craig Foster

Former Socceroo
SBS

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Sport

LinkedIn

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Vanessa Liell

Executive Director
Crescent Institute

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Public Relations / Communications

LinkedIn

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Murray Hurps

Director of Entrepreneurship
UTS

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Enterpreneurship

LinkedIn

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Alice Young

Equity Diversity & Inclusion Leader
IKEA
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Athar Shafaei

Researcher
Swinburne University of Technology
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Tracy Wilcox

Academic Director Postgraduate Programs / UNSW
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Ramzy Alamudi

Senior Enterprise Customer Success Manager / Instructure
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Omar Khan

Executive Director
Freehold Investment Management
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Samy Mansour

Partner
Clayton Utz

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Law

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Ahmad Hammoud

Head of Supply Chain
Konica Minolta

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Business Management

LinkedIn

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Betina Szkudlarek

Associate Professor
University of Sydney

Industry Sector / Specialisation

Higher Education

LinkedIn

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Richard Cawood

Direcgtor
EY
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Kathleen Conlon

Direcgtor
Realestate.com.au
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Rachel Debeck

Chief Operating Officer
Mable
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Cameron Kerr

Chief Executive Officer
Taronga Conservation Society
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Jenn Morris

Chief Executive Officer
The Nature Conservancy

Are you from a refugee or asylum seeker background?

The Crescent Champions Club offers access to exclusive leadership and career development privileges:

Crescent Foundation has partnered with Deakin CREATE in support of their careers clinic program and expertise in supporting people from a refugee background to build their careers after leaving their home country. 

Register as a Participant (Mentee)

Together with the Deakin CREATE team, we will:

  • Match and connect you to the right Champions who are leaders in the field, and will take you "under their wings" to mentor and guide your career development.
  • Guide you step by step to develop your skills, brand, and understanding of the talent market to help you achieve the role you want through Deakin University CREATE's highly acclaimed Graduate Career Clinics.
  • Provide exclusive access to events with high-profile leaders of Australian industry and society.

DISCLAIMER: Application to Crescent Champions is currently restricted to individuals who are legally entitled to live in Australia either as a citizen, permanent resident or under an asylum seeker / refugee / temporary protection visa. If you do not qualify for any of those, please refrain from applying.

Past participants have said...

“I think the fact that we could spend time with our mentors outside the Career Clinic was really great because you know… we had more time and we were more focused. And then I think the fact that they matched people… the mentors and mentees based on some sort of commonalities was also really great. It (the Career Clinic) was really helpful and sort of exceeded my expectation, because when I started the Career Clinic I was looking for a job but I didn’t know that I would get a job at the end. Obviously I was very satisfied.”

“It was really nice because it may seem like I wasn’t alone here. The clinic people have been amazing… so supportive. They are trying to find a way to help you… My first mentor was amazing. We were talking a lot during the clinic… almost twice of three times per week… I know I can count on her if I need something. She was absolutely brilliant. It was amazing. I’m really glad to have joined these clinics”.

“She (the mentor) really helped me with transition into a new area or sector… She was very supportive by encouraging me to do things so sometimes there are opportunities”.

Deakin CREATE & The Crescent Champions Graduate Career Clinics: 2021 Impact Report

In 2021 Deakin University’s Centre for Refugee Employment, Advocacy, Training, and Education (CREATE) partnered with the Crescent Foundation to develop and deliver career clinics for recent or soon to be university graduates from refugee backgrounds. 

Crescent Foundation

Crescent Foundation invest collective networks, resources and funds to mobilise support towards projects and initiatives that have a catalysing impact. We support initiatives in our four areas of focus: Education & Refugees, Helping the Homeless, Conservation of Islamic Art & Culture, Civics, Youth and Democracy

Crescent Champions Club is an initiative of Crescent Foundation with the support of Crescent Institute and Deakin University.

Crescent Institute 

The Crescent Institute is among Australia's pre-eminent professional networking and thought leadership organisations. It establishes and nurtures connections among members as they gain insights on key issues from Australia's leading figures in a warm, but professional setting.

Supporting DEAKIN CREATE Career Clinics

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