Directors, Team and Ambassadors

Crescent Foundation distributes all monies and donations received to our partners who are Australian registered charities and hold Deductible Gift Recipient status.

Crescent Foundation Directors play an important strategic, governance and oversight role in the organisation.

Our Board

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The Hon. Professor Bob Carr

Chairman

Former Foreign Minister Bob Carr is also the longest continuously serving Premier
in New South Wales history.

He served as Minister for Planning and Environment 1984 to 1988 and as Leader
of the Opposition from 1988 until his election as Premier in March 1995. He was
re-elected in 1999 and 2003 securing an historic third four-year term.
He retired from state politics in 2005.

During his 10 years the State Government set new records for spending on
infrastructure, became the first government in the State’s history to retire debt,
hosted the world’s best Olympics in 2000 and achieved the nation’s best school
literacy levels. Forbes magazine called Bob Carr a “dragon slayer” for his
landmark tort law reforms.

As Premier he received the World Conservation Union International Parks Merit
Award for creating 350 new national parks. He introduced the world’s first carbon
trading scheme and curbed the clearing of native vegetation, both anti-greenhouse
measures. He was a member of the International Task Force on Climate Change
convened by Tony Blair, and was made a life member of the Wilderness Society in
2003.

Bob Carr has received the Fulbright Distinguished Fellow Award Scholarship. He
has served as Honorary Scholar of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.
He is the author of Thoughtlines (2002), What Australia Means to Me (2003), My
Reading Life (2008) Diary of a Foreign Minister (2014) and Run for Your Life
(2018).

In March 2012 he was designated by Prime Minister Julia Gillard as Australia’s
Foreign Minister, elected to the Australian Senate to fill a casual Senate vacancy
and sworn in to the Senate and Cabinet on March 13, 2012.

As Foreign Minister, Bob Carr fostered stronger relations between Australia and
Southeast Asia, lifted sanctions on Myanmar, campaigned for the passage of a
global Arms Trade Treaty and led the final stages of Australia’s successful bid for
Australia’s seat on the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member. His plan
for a Syrian medical pact was backed at the G20. He assisted Prime Minister
Gillard in achieving a strategic partnership with China.

Following his resignation from the Senate on October 24, 2013, the University of
Technology, Sydney appointed him to lead the Australia-China Relations Institute
– a think tank dedicated to Australia-China relations.

Bob Carr serves on the Board of Melbourne University Press; is a Director of The
Lysicrates Foundation and a Committee Member of the UNSW Matraville
Education Program Advisory Council.

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Mr Affy Bhatti

Director

Affy is a Management Consultant with over 16 years of experience leading projects and managing change from the UK and Australia. He leads Deloitte’s Project Risk practice in Perth which helps solve complex program and project management challenges.

Affy is also actively involved in community based work. He is a co-founder of Muslim Professional Network that connects Muslim professionals with community based, grass root projects, to enhance the standards of excellence in the WA Muslim community. He is the local chair of Crescent Institute, a not for profit organisation that provides meaningful access to Australia’s prominent business leaders through small intimate networking events.

Affy is also a current member of the WA Multicultural Advisory Committee, led by the WA Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests and was on the selection panel for the 2017 WA Australian of the Year Awards.

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Penny Bingham-Hall

Director

Penny Bingham-Hall BA (Ind.Des) FAICD, SF(Fin)

Penny Bingham-Hall is a non-executive director of BlueScope Steel, Dexus Property Group, Fortescue Metals Group, Macquarie Specialised Asset Management, Port Authority of NSW and Taronga Conservation Society.

With over 30 years’ experience in senior executive and non-executive roles in large ASX listed companies, Penny has a deep understanding of corporate governance. She currently chairs three HR & Remuneration Committees and is a member of numerous audit, risk, sustainability, safety and nominations committees.

Prior to becoming a company director, Penny was Executive General Manager, Strategy at Leighton Holdings (now CIMIC) after an extensive career in the construction, mining and property group. As part of the leadership team at Leighton she had responsibilities across the group’s Australian and Asian operations.

She has been Chairman of Advocacy Services Australia, Deputy Chairman of the Tourism and Transport Forum, and a director of Australia Post, Infrastructure. Partnerships Australia and The Global Foundation. Penny has a BA degree in Industrial Design, is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of Chief Executive Women and Corporate Women Directors.

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Ms Samira Baqatada

Director

Samira’s working experiences spans over 20 years and ranges from working overseas with NGOs and in Australia, with diplomatic missions of the Arab Gulf countries to Australia.

Samira specialises in the area of aid and development, Management, International business development, brand development, translation and media analysis.

Samira is actively involved in the local community. She has been associated with The Australian and Arab Women’s Friendship Association which promotes friendship, harmony and understanding and aims to breaking down racial and social barriers.

Samira has a Bachelor of Arts (English and Education) from the University of Aden 1993, PGC Management from the University of Canberra 2006, and Small Business Management IV, Canberra Institute of Technology, 2013.

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Dr Sayd Farook

Director

Dr. Sayd Farook is an innovation and strategy leader based in the United Arab Emirates.
He is currently the Advisor to the Director General at the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

In his capacity as Advisor, he is one of the key team members supporting a number of the strategic initiatives for Dubai, including Dubai 10X, Dubai Capital of Islamic Economy, Area 2071, UAE AI Strategy 2031 and the Arab Strategy Forum. He enjoys building strategic initiatives from the ground up, launching them and seeing them to fruition.

In his career, he has been responsible for deploying number of these initiatives and most
prominently known for his contribution to building the Thomson Reuters global Islamic Finance and markets team as Global Head Islamic Capital Markets. Besides this, he achieved a number of impactful industry firsts for Thomson Reuters while he managed a team of 30 fully dedicated resources.

Besides his executive role, Dr. Sayd Farook is also the Chairman of Finocracy, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Responsible Finance and Investment (RFI) Foundation, Director of Goodforce Labs and Co-founder of the Falcon Network (angel investment network). Dr. Farook has a Doctorate in Financial Economics, a Business (Honours) degree and a Law degree from the University of Technology Sydney.

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Ms Nora Amath

Director

Nora Amath is an academic, author, human rights advocate and interfaith leader who is passionate about helping others and promoting peace. Born in Vietnam, Nora grew up in the US after her family had to flee her home country in the aftermath of the Vietnam War.

Nora currently works at the Islamic Women’s Association of Queensland as a CAMS (Community Advocating for Multicultural Services) Statewide Coordinator and as a supervisor for the Settlement Grants Program.

Previously Nora worked as a lecturer of Acquired Linguistics and TESOL at Bond University.

She has completed a PhD in Community Development and Sociology of Religion.

Nora has been actively involved in a number of NGOs and community organisations. Most notably, she is the chairperson of Australian Muslim Advocates for the Rights of all Humanity (AMARAH), advocating for human and social rights, social reform, environmental responsibility, and better intercommunity relations.

Nora has served on the boards and committees including the Islamic College of Brisbane Advisory Committee, Muslim Community Reference Group (a Qld. State Government initiative), Ethnic Community Council of Queensland Youth Advisory Committee, Believing Women for a Culture of Peace, Al-Nisa’ Youth Group Inc. and the Multicultural Advisory Council to the Queensland Government.

Always dedicated to those in need, Nora co-founded a Brisbane safe house for women and children fleeing domestic and family violence. Nora also works with refugee students at Woodridge State School.

In recognition for her services to the community, she received the prestigious award of Australian Muslim Woman of the Year 2006. In 2007 and again in 2012, she was awarded the Australia Day Community Award. In 2015 Nora was recognised as the 2015 Peacewoman of the Year, awarded by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, a UN-affiliated organisation

Our Team

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Talal Yassine

Company Secretary

Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue.

Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations.

In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.

Talal holds a Master of Laws, a Master of Business Administration which was focused on international business strategy, as well as honorary and adjunct Professorships within the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University and School of Business in the University of Western Sydney, respectively.

On Australia Day 2010, Talal was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to business and to the community through a range of education, health and multicultural organisations

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Fatma Saaoud

Coordinator

Fatma currently leads Crescent Wealth’s Business Operations, including strategic business planning, project management of major projects and management of key stakeholders.

Fatma has more than 10 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Predominantly in lending, superannuation and managed funds.

She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University in Melbourne.

Previously Fatma held a Senior Manager role with Landcorp Australia. Specialising in private equity real estate with the focus on residential and commercial developments projects.

Her specific areas of expertise were to provide analytical reports of opportunity sites based on location, yield, project feasibility, funding models, and risk assessments.

Fatma also held Business Development Manager and Relationship Manager roles for Crescent Wealth. Where she was responsible for the development and growth of the Melbourne market.

Fatma also currently serves as a Board Director of AG Coop and the National Coordinator of the Crescent Foundation.

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Aisling McGettigan

Financial Controller

Aisling is a qualified lawyer and Chartered Accountant with 7 years’ experience in the financial and accounting sector. She is currently Financial Controller of Crescent Wealth and has been instrumental in driving the financial strategy of the group.

Aisling has experience in tax, consulting, group reporting and group strategy. She spent over 4 years at KPMG in Dublin where she specialised in large corporate tax consultancy. Post her time at KPMG Aisling joined CBA where she was part of the group reporting team and helped prepare the management reports.

Aisling is passionate about pairing group strategy with robust financial information.

Our Ambassadors

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Raja Yassine

Ambassador

Raja is a passionate advocate and supporter of social inclusion and change.

Professionally Raja is a Human Society & Its Environment Teacher at Holroyd High School in NSW and also heads up the Parent Engagement Programs- Inclusion and Diversity, where there is a higher proportion of students from a refugee & migrant background.