Who we are
Australia Tibet Council campaigns for the freedom and human rights of Tibetans.
Our vision is a free Tibet in which Tibetans can determine their own future and freely pursue their cultural, political and economic developments.
We are inspired by the Tibetans who have resisted China’s occupation of their homeland with courage, hope and tenacity.
We are a not-for-profit organisation, funded by members across Australia. Founded in 1988, we are the largest community of Australians standing in solidarity with the people of Tibet.
- We raise awareness about the real situation in Tibet and mobilise public support for our campaigns.
- We drive global support for the Tibet movement by lobbying the Australian parliament and government. We ensure our decision makers get the accurate information and take a firm, principled stand on Tibet.
- We amplify the voices of Tibetans and ensure the international community hears their stories as China intensifies its propaganda efforts to control the discourse on Tibet.
Meet the team
Kyinzom Dhongdue, Executive Officer
Kyinzom Dhongdue took on the role of ATC’s Executive and Campaigns Officer in 2018. She was previously ATC’s Campaigns Manager.
Kyinzom is the first Member of Tibet’s Parliament-in-Exile representing the Tibetan community in Australasia and East Asia.
Born to Tibetan refugee parents in southern India, she was schooled at the Tibetan Children’s Village in Dharamsala. She studied English literature at Delhi University and journalism at the Indian Institute of Mass Communication. She worked as a journalist in New Delhi before moving to Australia in 2006.
Gemima Harvey, Digital Campaigner
Gemima Harvey has a background in journalism, photography, communications and digital marketing.
Previously, she worked as Communications Officer for a charity based in Cambodia, called the Cambodian Children’s Trust. Before moving into communications for non-profits, Gemima worked as an international freelance journalist and photographer focusing on forced migration, human rights and social justice issues.
Gemima has a Master of Refugee Protection and Forced Migration from the University of London, and a Bachelor of Journalism from Griffith University.
Hal Young is the Co-chair and Treasurer at ATC. He worked in the IT department with Qantas and Jetstar Airlines for over 30 years. He also served as the treasurer at Tara Institute in Melbourne and was part of the organising committee for the Dalai Lama’s Australia tour in 1992. He joined the Board in 2014.
Hal has a B.A. from Carleton University in Canada, a Diploma in Education from Melbourne University and Graduate Diploma in Data Processing from Monash University.
Sonam Paljor is the Co-chair and Company Secretary at ATC. He works with the NSW Health Department.
Before moving to Australia, he had worked at the Department of Health at Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala.
Sonam was born at the Dolanji Tibetan refugee settlement in northern India. He has a Bachelor of Science from Punjab University and a Masters in International Public Health from Sydney University. He joined the Board in 2014.
Katie Camarena holds a Bachelor of International Studies from University of New South Wales and Graduate Certificate in International Health from Curtin University.
She has worked in digital communications at Greenpeace Australasia, Inspired Adventures and Union Aid-APHEDA. She had also worked at the Burma Children Medical Fund based on the Thai-Burma Border.
She has been a volunteer with Australia Tibet Council since 2000 and worked in the national office between 2003 and 2007. She joined the Board in 2014.
Annie Wale has been a long-time Tibet supporter, witnessing the lead-up to the 1987 uprising whilst in Lhasa. She now teaches regularly in Dharamsala with the Dalai Lama’s Science and Monastics initiative.
She has worked in environmental education at the Australian Museum, Taronga Zoo and Royal Botanical Gardens and was a founding board member of WIRES. She is also an active environmental campaigner and is a SIDS grief support worker with Red Nose.
Lesley has been a passionate supporter of the Tibet cause for more than a decade, visiting Tibet in 2006 and formally joining ATC in 2007.
She was an active member of the Queensland ATC Branch and was the Branch Secretary and State Convenor. She joined the Board in 2016.
Lesley is the librarian for the Local Government Association of Queensland. She is the author of two novels.
Justine Curtis is the founder and CEO of Inspired Adventures. A meeting with one of Tibet’s oldest political prisoners Palden Gyatso inspired her to start her business helping charities raise funds through adventure travel.
She ran her first charity adventure, the Trek for Tibet, to Dharamsala in 2005, raising $55,000 for Australia Tibet Council.
Justine is the winner of many prestigious business awards including Telstra Female Business Owner of the Year NSW.