Romal Baluchzada

Congratulations Romal Baluchzada!

Helen Henry, 8th December 2015

The CBAA congratulates Romal Baluchzada, founder of 2SER 107.3 FM radio program Khurasaan Zamin, on being recognised as part of Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25.

Impact 25 recognises the most influential people in the Australian social sector, as selected by Pro Bono Australia News readers. This year more than 280 people from all fields of work were nominated and 13,000 votes were cast to choose the most influential members of the social sector.

Winners include CEOs, politicians, advocates and innovators, along with students and refugees, each recognised for their influence on a sector that accounts for 4.3 per cent of Australia’s GDP and employs over one million people.

As described by Pro Bono Australia, Baluchzada, a refugee from Afghanistan, arrived in Australia five years ago. Previously working as a civil engineer for the Afghanistan government’s Ministry of Public Works, Baluchzada was a project manager of key works in charge of a budget of $400 million. After arriving in Australia he decided on a career change and studied human services at Charles Sturt University. He has since become an activist, fighting child marriages, and works as a team leader at Settlement Services International. He founded his own radio show where he talks about Australian law and human rights. Since arriving he has been called upon by Afghani media organisations to provide commentary on human rights issues.

You can listen to Khurasaan Zamin on 2SER on Sundays from 16:00 AEDT.

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