Our vision is for an inclusive world where people on the move and host communities work together to create better lives for all.  We believe that this is best achieved by fostering a common sense of humanity, dignity and a shared hope in a better future​.

Our mission is to make life better for displaced people and host communities by fostering humanity, hope and dignity. We do this by facilitating individual wellbeing, community inclusion and global change with a focus on innovation in refugee and migrant protection.


Rather than applying traditional models of humanitarian rescue and material aid, we enable displaced people and the communities they live in to develop and implement their own practical solutions to the challenges they face. In addition, we amplify the voices of displaced communities through research and advocacy that influences policies and practices globally. Therefore, we leverage our role as an international NGO to foster localisation and community leadership whilst providing quality assurance, capacity building and project management support.

HOST is a charity with ACFID accreditation and local governance structures in each country that we operate. Our directors are listed below.

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Australian Board

The Australian board is ultimately accountable for all HOST activities as Directors of the Parent entity 


Jamila Padhee


Jamila is a Social Worker an an expert in refugee settlement and trauma. She is the current Co CEO of QLD Program  of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma.

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Michael Thomson


Michael is a founding director with expertise in financial and business management. He is the current CFO of Apricity Finance operating in Australia and NZ. 


David Keegan

Managing Director

David is the founder and CEO of HOST International with expertise in refugee settlement and community development in Australia and abroad.


Arash Bordbar


Arash is a former refugee and advocate for refugee protection. He is currently working for UNHCR in Copenhagen to advance access to higher education for refugees.

New Zealand Board


Evan Jones


Evan is an expert in refugee policy in Asia Pacific and is currently the Coordinator of the Asian Displacement Solutions Platform in Kabul, Afghanistan.


Jon OKeeffe

Company Secretary

Jon is the Director of PX Partners, a consultancy providing innovative governance, risk and compliance support to corporate businesses in Australia.

In addition to David Keegan as the Chair, the following are Directors in the NZ Company


Mitchell Pham


Mitchell is a former refugee and accomplished business leader in the NZ tech industry. He is a philanthropist and a Founding Managing Director of Augen Software in Auckland, NZ.


Mai Tamimi


Mai is a community development expert having worked with refugee and Maori communities in NZ. She current works for Dunedin Council in NZ.

Malaysian Board

In addition to David Keegan as the Chair, the following are Directors in the Malaysian Company


Vivienne Chew


Vivienne is an expert in refugee protection and an advocate for alternatives to detention in immigration policy. She is currently a policy director in the International Detention Coalition.

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Datok Raj Abdul Karim


Datok Raj is an accomplished Human Rights advocate and an expert in child protection and child rights. She is the current Director of MKKM a child rights service in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.


In Thailand we operate under the auspice of the Peace and Culture Foundation while we establish a local foundation


In Indonesia we operate through a partnership with SUAKA while we establish a local foundation