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, certified by the Australian Government as a registered charity and 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, challenge China’s misrepresentation of human rights issues 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.

Read our constitution.

Meet the team

STAFF

Zoë Bedford, Executive Officer

Dr Zoë Bedford has been involved with the Australia Tibet Council since 1999 when she volunteered at an event. Since that time she worked with ATC as a campaigner and also on the Board as a director and chairperson.

Born and raised in Sydney, Australia, Zoë has lived and worked overseas in the Philippines and Thailand. She was an aid worker for many years, supporting projects in the Pacific and working with Burmese refugees on the Thai-Burma border on diverse projects.

Zoë has a Doctor of Social Sciences in Peace and Conflict studies from the University of Sydney as well as a Master in International Social Development from the University of NSW and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Newcastle University.

zoe.bedford@atc.org.au

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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. Before moving into the not-for-profit sector, 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.

gemima.harvey@atc.org.au

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James Kent, Campaigns Officer

A politics nerd at heart, James worked as a freelance political journalist for a number of years before becoming an international development consultant; in a career which has taken him from the jungles of North Sumatra to the refugee camps of the Syrian border in Lebanon.

James studied Politics and International Relations at the University of Canberra and Advanced Indonesian Language and Culture at Satya Wacana University in Central Java.

campaigns@atc.org.au

BOARD

Sonam Paljor

Sonam Paljor is the Chair 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.

sonam.paljor@atc.org.au

Hal Young

Hal Young is the Treasurer and former Co-chair 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.

hal.young@atc.org.au

Katie Camarena

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.

katie.camarena@atc.org.au

Annie Wale

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.

Annie has a Bachelor of Arts and a Diploma in Education from the University of New South Wales.

annie.wale@atc.org.au

Tenzin Lobsang Khangsar

Tenzin Lobsang Khangsar joined the Board in 2020. He currently works as an interpreter with Home Affairs (Immigration), alongside being a home loan consultant at Star Lending Pvt. Ltd. and bi-cultural worker at Co-health. He has also worked in IT, childcare and as a social worker in Melbourne. He is volunteering as an advisor at Victoria Multicultural Commission, Co-health and MiCare.

Previously in India, he served as the president of the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Baroda. He has also served as both the vice-president (2013-2015) and president (2017-2019) of the Tibetan Community of Victoria.

Lobsang completed his schooling at the Tibetan Children’s Village, Ladakh and Dharamsala, India. He has a Masters in Economics from M.S. University and Master in Business (SAP) from Victoria University, Australia.

tenzin.lobsang@atc.org.au

COMPANY SECRETARY

Mark Openshaw

Mark Openshaw is Company Secretary of ATC. He has been a member of ATC for twenty five years. Mark recently retired from his role as a policy adviser to the NSW Government. Prior to that he worked at the Organisation of Economic Development in Paris and for the Australian Government in Canberra.

Mark has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, a graduate degree in geography from the Australian National University and Master of Arts from Macquarie University.

secretary@atc.org.au

Annual report

Read our Annual Report to learn more about what we achieved together in 2019.