Former Senior Director, National Multicultural Festival, ACT Government

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Azra Khan

Former Senior Director

National Multicultural Festival, ACT Government

Azra Khan has worked in several industry sectors including private health insurance, high-end consumer products, Autism support, Carers and health registers including immunisation, bowel cancer screening and organ donation. In the Australian Public Service, she has held a range of challenging positions across several policy areas in the Department of Social Services, the Health Insurance Commission and the Department of Human Services.
Azra has developed a keen ability to think strategically ensuring policymaking is evidence based. Azra also has extensive experience in project management having led high profile projects and teams in delivering complex reforms, early intervention responses and organisational change.
Azra is a leader who has a proven capacity to collaborate, innovate, inspire and motivate individuals and teams to deliver outcomes within enterprise, program, project, policy development and Program Management Office (PMO) environments.
Azra was Co-Chair of the ‘One Canberra’ Reference Group. The aim of the Reference Group was to assist with the broader role of the ACT Government in coordinating a whole- of- government approach to issues affecting culturally and linguistically diverse residents. Azra has been the Senior Director of the National Multicultural Festival, a major annual event held in Canberra for the last five years. She has focused on strengthening the event by making it more sustainable in all possible ways including to achieve high levels of participation and ownership of the event by the Multicultural community.

More recently Azra assisted ACT Health’s CALD COVID-19 response in supporting the most vulnerable CALD communities through targeted in reach vaccinations which informed the broader roll-out of vaccination hubs.

Her professional experience is complimented with over 15 years supporting the community that has called for a whole lot of personal grit and courage. She has gained valuable experience leading not for profit organisations in turbulent times to bring in grass roots interventions as Chair of the Board, President and as a member of the Executive Committee of several community organisations. She continues to hold Board membership of other institutions and a social activist and community advocate.

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