Shakiba Akbari

Program Officer

Shakiba has experience in refugee health and resettlement and joined the Nossal Institute in 2017. She has a Bachelor of Biological Sciences and Masters in Public Health and Health Administration from La Trobe University. Her research looked at the perceived need for mental health care among refugee clients at a Specialised Refugee Health Clinic in Melbourne’s Southeast.

Shakiba has volunteered as an interpreter in refugee communities for more than a decade, mostly assisting newly-arrived refugees from Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan. She was a supporting case worker at Migrant Resource and Settlement Services and developed educational and cultural programs to support refugee youth. Shakiba oversees professional youth networks that mentor high school and tertiary students from refugee backgrounds.

She is passionate about working on practical solutions to pressing global health concerns. Her mission is to improve the health of vulnerable people by delivering equitable health services.