Global Advisors


Dr Selver Sahin

Selver Sahin is Assistant Professor of International Relations at Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey and Associate of Global Reconciliation. She has a multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural background, with academic degrees in istory, International Relations and Political Science, and having lived and worked in Australia, New Zealand and Turkey. Prior to her current role she worked as a researcher and lectureerr at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Selver's research is focussed on the forms of international intervention as a security and peace-building strategy. She carried out field studies in East Timor, Kosova and Indonesia and published her work in reputable scholarly journals. She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Near-Eastern and Balkan Studies, and is currently in the process of developing collaborative initiatives including an international book project with Paul Komesaroff and Paul James.


Professor Suresh Sundram

Suresh Sundram is a consultant psychiatrist, researcher and Head of Adult Psychiatry at Monash Medical Centre and at the Monash University Department of Psychiatry. He has been involved for over a decade in asylum seeker and refugee mental health, and mental health service system development, and sits on the executive of the World Psychiatric Association section on developing countries. Suresh currently chairs the Health sub-committee of the Joint Advisory Committee for the Governments of Australia and Nauru on Nauruan regional processing. He also helped establish the Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub in Melbourne and provides pro bono psychiatric clinics for asylum seekers. Suresh has provided expert advice to the United High Commissioner for Refugees, the Australian Human Rights Commission, the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection and non-government organisations on refugee and asylum seeker issues. He has published and presented widely, both nationally and internationally, in this area.


Xenia Girdler

Xenia Girdler is a highly experienced award-winning leader in design and implementation of student-centred, industry-led vocational programs in Melbourne and the Northern Territory. Utilising collaborative consultation Xenia has assisting in numerous workforce development and capacity building projects through targeted education and training programs. Xenia’s professional experience, whilst traversing many industries, holds common themes of creativity and innovation. During her years working in the community sector she became noticed as an engaging public speaker and educator. Since 2011 Xenia’s projects involved workforce development Certificates and Diploma’s in Tennant Creek, Alice Springs, Katherine, Alice Springs and the Remote Aboriginal Community Ngukurr in East Arnhem Land.


Dr Yusuf Sheik Omar

Yusuf is a researcher at the Victorian Transcultural Mental Health Unit of St Vincent's Hospital and co-convener of the Somali Youth Dialogue.