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Rabia Talal Almbaid

Panelist, New Zealand Refugee Advisory Panel

Rabia Talal Almbaid is a former refugee from Syria who has called Aotearoa home since 2017. Rabia is an Otago Polytechnic alumni with a background in Applied Management and Leadership studies. His qualifications include expansive professional development, post-training, and dynamic experiences. He also brings insights into working with NGOs and public sector knowledge.

With his personal experience, passion, vital purpose, and determination to promote equality and fair collaborative contributions, Rabia aims to help shape better policy outcomes for former refugee communities. Rabia is an individual full of culture and character. He wishes to utilise his lived experience of forced displacement, his journey of successful resettlement in New Zealand, and his leadership skills to guide his mahi as a Panelist on the New Zealand Refugee Advisory Panel. Currently, Rabia is working with New Zealand Police as Senior Partnerships Advisor – Ethnic, based at Police National Headquarters in Wellington. Consulting Ethnic Liaison Officers and police districts to support their mahi in Aotearoa.

Rabia’s definition of success goes back to what is best for the communities and people. In his free time, Rabia enjoys his fitness journey, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.