The Abraham Institute Reference Group
The Abraham Reference Group meets once every two months. It reviews the finances and existing educational programs and sets future goals and activities for the Institute. The Reference Group includes the following members:

Chairman: Justice John Sulan, Supreme Court of South Australia
Director: Katherine Goode
Archbishop Philip Wilson, representing the Catholic Archdiocese
Rev Dr. Lynn Arnold AO, a representative of the Anglican Church
Dr. Omar Lum, Chairman of the Islamic Foundation of Australia
Dr. Roshanak Amrein, representing the Baha’i Community of Adelaide
Ron Hoenig, President of Beit Shalom Synagogue

Professor Riaz Hassan AM, Director of the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding

Archbishop Wilson 
Archbishop Wilson grew up in Cessnock, in New South Wales’ Hunter Valley, and served as a Priest in nearby Maitland. He was ordained a Bishop in 1996 when he was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Bishop of Wollongong. Five years later, he became the eighth Archbishop of Adelaide. In 2006, Archbishop Wilson was elected President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and subsequently re-elected twice more, and in 2012 was elected Vice President. Also in 2012, Archbishop Wilson was elected Chairman of the Justice, Ecology and Development Commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Chairperson of Catholic Earthcare Australia. Archbishop Wilson was also elected as a Member of the Canon Law Commission of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference in 2012. 

Katherine Goode 
Katherine Goode, Director of the Abraham Institute. Katherine is a writer and event organizer. She has written for such publications as the Advertiser, the Los Angeles Times, the Australian Women’s Weekly, the Australian and the Australian Jewish News. She has also published 14 children’s books. From 2003-20007, she was coordinator of Project Abraham, a multi-faith program, which created a model for peace and reconciliation between Muslims, Jews and Christians. That program was sponsored by the Department for Immigration and Citizenship. In 2011, she became director of the Abraham Institute.

Dr Lynn Arnold AO, FAICD 
Dr. Lynn Arnold AO FAICD was Chief Executive Officer of Anglicare SA from March 10, 2008 to June 30, 2012. In this role, Lynn was responsible for overseeing South Australia’s largest non-government agency which works in the areas of aged care, families, vulnerable people and communities, housing and economic participation.

Lynn is the National Co-Chair for Anti-Poverty Week, Chair Trustees, Don Dunstan Foundation and one of three South Australian Reconciliation Ambassadors. In 2004, he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO) for his services to Australia through the South Australian Parliament as Premier, and internationally through development and humanitarian aid assistance. In 2001 he received the Centenary Medal for his services to the Australian community.

Lynn has also served as Senior Director (Board Development & Peer Review) for World Vision International and Chief Executive Officer of World Vision Australia. Between 1979 and 1994 he served as a member of the South Australian Parliament including over 11 years in Cabinet. His service in government included ten years serving in a wide range of senior ministries (including Education, State Development and Agriculture), he also served as Premier in 1992-1993.


Prof Riaz Hassan AM is Director of the International Centre for Muslim & non-Muslim Understanding at the University of South Australia and Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies National University of Singapore. He has held academic appointments at the Flinders University, University of California Los Angeles and Yale University. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Ohio State University, from which he received his PhD in Sociology. He is co-author of "Afghanistan: The Next Phase" (MUP, 2014). His other publications include "Inside Muslim Minds" (MUP, 2008), "Islam & Society: Sociological Explorations" (MUP, 2013), "Life as a weapon: The Global Rise of Suicide Bombings" (Routledge, 2011) and "Faithlines: Muslim Conceptions of Islam and Society" (OUP, 2003). He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and is a member of the Order of Australia.

Dr. Omar Lum
Dr. Omar Lum
Medical Practitioner
Current positions held are, Chairperson, Islamic Foundation Australia Inc., Chairman, Board of Trustees, Australian International Academy Melbourne and Australian School of Abu Dhabi, Vice Chairman, Australian Islamic Education Board Secretary, Australian Islamic Cultural Centre. Trustee, AI Faisal College, Sydney

Ron Hoenig
Ron Hoenig is the President of Beit Shalom Synagogue, the Jewish Co-Chair of the Council of Christians and Jews (SA) and a member of the Board of Jewish Community Services. He has been a Board member of Beit Shalom Synagogue for many years and has organised and MCd a number of communal Yom Hashoah commemorations. In 2011 he was nominated for a lifetime achievement award for his activities in promoting multiculturalism in South Australia.
He was born of Hungarian Jewish refugee parents in Israel. His family moved to Australia in 1952, and he studied English in Melbourne and did a masters at the City College of New York on Jewish novels of the 1930s. He has a background in the arts and multiculturalism, having worked as a teacher, playwright, actor, community arts administrator and arts bureaucrat. From 1996 to 2011, he worked as an editor and journalist and in public relations in the State Government. Currently he is a sessional lecturer and tutor in journalism and public relations at The University of South Australia. He has recently completed a PhD in Journalism and Cultural Studies examining the treatment by Australian print media of recent asylum seekers. This work brings together his passions about writing, multiculturalism and the ethics of depiction of cultural Others.

Roshanak Amrein
Roshanak Amrein is a member of Baha'i community who fled religious persecution in Iran and arrived in Australia as a young refugee in 1994. She studied dentistry at the University of Adelaide, has been working in the field for the last 12 years and has had her own private practice since 2007. Apart from work and family responsibilities Roshanak writes poetry and tries to inspire her audience about issues related to social justice and equality, as well as spiritual notions of love and freedom. She has published two volumes of her poems, "One Million Flights" and "Songs from a Far Island" and has been interviewed extensively by both Persian and English media regarding her poetry, including a feature on Poetica, ABC radio National and a recent interview with Philip Adams. She is passionate about human rights, rights of women and environment and speaks at various forums whenever there is an opportunity. Roshanak is married and has two young children.

The Honourable Justice John Sulan
The Honourable Justice John Sulan
Born 28 April 1946
Prague, Czechoslovakia
Migrated with family to Australia in 1949.
Educated at Pulteney Grammar School and Norwood High School
Attended University of Adelaide 1964-1967
Graduated University of Adelaide LLB, December 1967

Justice of the Supreme Court of South Australia, appointed 3 April 2003
Judge of the District Court of South Australia, 22 May 1997 – 2 April 2003
Her Majesty’s Counsel in and for State of SA, March 1990
Appointed to investigate the affairs of Bond Corp Holdings Ltd, March 1990
1982 – 1988: Hong Kong – Senior Counsel, Commercial Crime Unit
Partner, Thomson Simmons & Co (now Thomson Playford) Committees/Memberships
• Chair, Aboriginal Cultural Awareness Committee for the Judiciary
• Chair, Courts Aboriginal Reference Group (CARG)
• Member, National Indigenous Cultural Awareness Committee
• Member, Criminal Legislation Committee
• Chair, Commonwealth Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 Working Party
• Member, Courts Administration Authority Council
• Member, Centre for Restorative Justice Advisory Committee
• Standing Committee of Attorney General – Criminal Trial Reform Working Group

• Chair, Jewish Community Services Inc.
• Chair, ‘Project Abraham’
• Chair, B’nai B’rith Adelaide Oration Committee 2004
• Member, Multicultural Forum, Multicultural SA, South Australian Multicultural & Ethnic Affairs Commission
• Chair, Trustees of the School, Pembroke School
• Member, Grange Golf Club