Tommy is currently the National Chairman of African Professionals of Australia. Tommy immigrated to Australia in 2001 to study as an international student and has remained in Australia since then. Tommy founded APA in 2005 due to his desire in ensuring that other migrants coming behind him does not experience similar challenges he experienced regarding integration into the Australian community and obtaining a job that commensurates to their professional qualification.
Tommy currently works for Total Marine Technology, a subsea engineering company in Perth Australia as a compliance manager. Tommy has over 14 years of experience in the Oil and Gas industry managing subsea operation projects in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, Mexico, Cuba, Russia and Nigeria.
Tommy has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering from University of Ilorin, Master’s degree in information Technology from Griffith University in Queensland, Post Graduate degree in Oil and Gas Engineering from the University of Western Australia and a Post Graduate degree in Occupational Health and Safety Management from Edith Cowan University. He is currently studying an MBA degree at University of Western Australia specialising in leadership management.
Tommy’s dream is to see all African communities in Australia coming together in unity to support each other and to work with other community groups to build a strong Multicultural society. With his quest to continuously contribute to the enrichment of people, he founded Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine in 2015, which currently has over 13,000 subscribers online.
Tommy is the author of Migrant Success 101 book which has been acknowledged by the migrant community as valuable tools kit for all new arrival to Australia.
Cynthia Musafili Wright
Cynthia Wright is a Social Entrepreneur, Social Care Corporate Manager, Australia Day Ambassador and founder of social enterprise Regions International formerly known as of Africa (RoA). She is currently a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australia National lead for Innovate Africa. Cynthia has written various published articles on Resilience, Migration, International Education and Aged Care.
Cynthia is passionate about making a positive impact in the world through motivating and empowering leaders and changemakers. She is described by her peers as driven, dynamic and professional. Her strong leadership is strengthened by her ability to network with other passionate and focused individuals and build and maintain dynamic collaborations through strong communication and negotiation skills.
She is known as the one who can remain calm under pressure. Her roles include being a Clinical Consultant in corporate Australia, with eleven years’ experience in the aged care industry and five years in business management. Cynthia has also created numerous successful roles for herself: Chief Operating Officer of the Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine with over 13K subscribers; Editor-in-Chief of Australia’s very first African fashion magazine Face of Africa Australia Magazine: and Creative Director in collaboration with numerous well-known Australian fashion photographers, models and modelling agencies.
Cynthia’s passion in social care has seen her develop community engagement welfare programs such as Education in the Shoes of a Humanitarian Student. She was also the 2016-2017 Chairperson for the Organisation of Zambians Living in Western Australia (OZALIWA) with 4500 Zambians in WA
Dr. Hamidah Olaosebikan
Hamidah is a Medical Doctor currently developing a career as a Sugeon in Urology. Born and raised in Nigeria in West Africa, she migrated to Australia to pursue her tertiary education in 2003.
She obtained a Bachelors degree in Nursing from the University of Notredame in WA, and then went on to pursue a Bachelors of Medicine and Surgery in her Alma mata.
Since graduating medical school, she has focused her energies on growing her Surgical portfolio in the Public and Private health sectors. She is currently engaged in the role of Surgical Registrar at Fiona Stanley Hospital and is simultaneously working on her Masters in Urology.
She was one of the founding members of African Professionals of Australia, and is a firm believer in community efforts which elevate individuals and groups intellectually as well as personally.
She is a wife and a mother, and attributes her success to her supportive family and the kindness of her mentors.
Melvin serves as the Brand Manager for Skilled Migrant Professionals Magazine. Melvin is a qualified accountant, a member of CPA. In Addition, Melvin holds a Business Administration degree. In addition to his work experience in Australia, Melvin also worked in England and USA, in diverse capacities including Business Analyst, Auditor, Banker, and Accountant. He has worked in several organizations including Remington, Abbey National Bank, Harmony Gold, AIG, Straits Resources, and American Mineral Fields. Furthermore, Melvin has extensively travelled around the world as part of his work. He has a strong passion in community work and service; as a result, he sits on several not-for-profit organizations Board Committees in Australia and abroad.
Mayokun has 10 years of diverse experience in information technology, entrepreneurship, and youth development. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Nigeria, in 2014. His passion is education, youth employability, and entrepreneurship.
In 2016, Mayokun founded Edulight Consulting with a mission to solve the problem of youth unemployment in Nigeria by teaching information technology skills and core business contents in other to develop technology entrepreneurs.
In 2017, Mayokun created CODE4KT (coding for kids & teen) as a sub-brand of Edulight Consulting, an initiative that is aimed at equipping secondary school students with computer programming skills.
Sumili is a professional Mining Engineer with over 12 years of being at the forefront of open pit mining. He has a bachelor of Mining Engineering degree from the University of Zambia, a Diploma in Project Management from Central Institute of Technology – Perth, Western Australia. Additionally, he also possesses a Quarry Manager’s Certificate of Competency obtained from Western Australia Certificates of Competency Board of Examiners. He is a member of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy – AusIMM.
Sumili is currently based in Perth for the last 7 years and has worked for large international mining firms both in Africa and Australia, he gained extensive experience in mining engineering functions for large multi-staged open pit operations. The commodities in the resources with the sector which he has worked in include Copper, Gold, Uranium and Iron Ore.
He has demonstrated the ability to work in a highly dynamic environment with new open-pit mining challenges. He takes pride in making business focused and informed decisions, that present operationally sound options for mining of open pit projects.
One of the major projects to date was in 2015 when is he was part of a greenfield startup operation for RioTinto Iron Ore Silvergrass mine estimated at $US338m as the lead contact mining engineer for the project.
Sumili is passionate about the business side of the resources sector and with a keen interest in Mining industry technology advancement and the future of digital mining.
Operating with the highest degree of integrity and authenticity is what keeps him ticking and additionally, he is focused on personal development, leadership growth, and community service delivery.
He is currently Vice President of African Professionals Australia (APA) – WA Chapter.
Sumili is currently studying a double Master’s degree in Energy Economics & MBA from Curtin University School of Business in Western Australia.