Fadlullah Wilmot is the Deputy CEO and Head of International Programmes for Islamic Relief Australia since June 2013 where he is in charge of institutional funding and managing the international programmes funded by Islamic Relief Australia.
Prior to this he was Director, Islamic Relief Afghanistan where he worked on programmes involving women empowerment and education, vocational training, health, drug rehabilitation, orphans agriculture, livelihood, water, hygiene and sanitation. He was able to help increase funding from £1 million to £20 million and expanded programmes from four to 13 provinces. He worked closely with ACBAR (Agency Coordinating Body for Afghan Relief and Development) as member of Steering Committee and Chairman of the review committee for the review of the Code of Conduct for NGOs working in Afghanistan as well as Chair of the committee to review the Constitution of ACBAR. He was also elected NGO Co-Chair for National FSAC (Food Security and Agriculture Cluster).
Fadlullah Wilmot converted to Islam while a student in Tasmania in 1967 and was one of founders of the Australian Federation of Muslim Students’ Associations (AFMSA). Later he was in the early days of the development of the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils (AFIC).
He joined Australian Volunteers Abroad in 1970 and was posted to Aceh, Indonesia. He came back to Australia in 1975 and in Perth helped found the Islamic Council of Western Australia, the Perth Muslim Association and the second mosque in Perth at Rivervale. He also helped found the Islamic Council of Christmas Island before being posted to Canberra but then he left for Malaysia in 1977 where he worked with the Islamic Da’wah Foundation of Malaysia and later with the Regional Islamic Da’wah Council of Southeast Asia and the Pacific (RISEAP) led by Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman aimed at supporting Muslim minorities in the region. He later joined the International Islamic University as Head of the Rector’s office. He has also been involved in business and as a management trainer and spent some time as Director of Academic Administration for a Design Centre.
Fadlullah first became involved in humanitarian work after the tsunami in Aceh, Indonesia. Initially responsible for managing Muslim Aid’s tsunami response to provide housing for coastal communities through an agreement with Oxfam, the programme expanded to include other projects like capacity building for local NGOs, livelihood recovery, orphan care and economic development as well as a multi-million dollar project to repair and improve the drainage in the central business district of Banda Aceh. Also in Indonesia he lead the emergency response and later the recovery effort after the 2006 earthquake in Yogyakarta, floods in Jakarta and earthquakes in West Sumatra and Bengkulu and able to obtain funding from the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, UNDP, UNOCHA, and IOM. He was appointed as a member of the Governor of Aceh’s Economic Advisory Team to plan the future economic development of Aceh after the conflict and the tsunami. He was co-organiser of a peace initiative in Sri Lanka – Lessons from the Aceh experience together with UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief). He also presented papers at several international conferences on lessons learnt from the Aceh peace process.
Prior to his transfer to Afghanistan he was appointed Country Director, Islamic Relief Pakistan after the 2010 floods and was in charge of IR’s flood response and the rehabilitation programme that followed implementing IR’s integrated village rehabilitation programme as well as responding to the 2011 floods. He worked in DRR, microfinance, community capacity building, education, health, nutrition, and livelihood.
In the past, he was In Bangladesh as Country Director of Muslim Aid Bangladesh after cyclone Sidr he was involved in disaster and emergency response, DRR, microfinance, community capacity building, education, health, nutrition, livelihood, refugees, vocational training, women’s development, microfinance, education, skills training, capacity building, child sight, education for school drop outs, WASH, emergency relief, livelihood, health, nutrition and agriculture as well as refugees. He was also the Secretary of the Committee to establish the INGO Forum of Bangladesh and the Code of Conduct for INGOs in Bangladesh.