Panel Theme: International Student Wellbeing

Kasan Kalhara

National Welfare Officer for the Council of International Students Australia

Kasun Kalhara is the National Welfare Officer of the Council of International Students Australia (CISA). CISA is the peak representative body of the international students in Australia advocating their interests and needs and contributing towards their prosperity in Australia. CISA puts a premium on multiculturalism and gives priority to the engagement of international students. CISA Welfare Office has launched a series of welfare programmes including a wide range of projects, grievance handling systems,  mental health workshops, workplace seminars, focus groups, educational talks, etc across Australia. Kasun and his team are committed to working for the betterment of international students in Australia. In addition, Kasun represents the international students’ voice in the University Academic Board, International Student Experience Associations Round Table, Queensland International Student Advisory Panel and other state and national committees.

Suresh Rajan

Disability Chair, Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia

Suresh Rajan is a prominent advocate for people with disabilities and people of culturally and linguistically diverse communities, as well as international students’ wellbeing. Currently, he is the Disability Chair for FECCA, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Councils of Australia which is the peak body for multicultural organisations in Australia. He is also the President of the Ethnic Communities Council of Western Australia. He has recently been involved in the writing of Western Australia's State Disability Strategy for 2020-2030.

Suresh contributes regularly to the media on the issues of students and multiculturalism and racism generally.