Sandra Elhelw

Sandra is committed to driving changes that improve individual lives.

She has done this across various sectors—in the not-for-profit sector, government, and academia. In her current role as CEO of SCOA, she advocates for policies and practices that promote good settlement outcomes, and leads capacity building activities for the settlement sector.

She has previously worked in frontline roles in the settlement sector, and has managed the delivery of the Humanitarian Settlement Program.

Sandra also has experience working in government, where she progressed law reform in the areas of sexual assault and family violence. She has always had a strong commitment to communities she belongs to, having sat on a wide range of community boards and advisory committees. Sandra is a qualified lawyer, and has experience in academia through her postgraduate research on domestic and family violence in Australian Muslim communities.

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