The Islamic Museum of Australia appoints founder, Moustafa Fahour OAM, as the new Chairperson of the IMA, Mr Ahmed Fahour AO has been appointed as Patron and Dr Hass Dellal AO who has served as Chairperson of the Islamic Museum of Australia (IMA) since 2016 has been announced as Emeritus Patron.

At a morning tea on Wednesday 24 April to honour his contribution to the IMA, incoming Chairperson and founder, Moustafa Fahour OAM said Dr Dellal was instrumental in helping establish the Museum.

“Hass was part of the IMA’s journey before we even opened our doors to the public. During those early days, he played an important role in garnering the support of all levels of government and that of the Muslim community,” said Mr Fahour.

Dr Dellal continued to support the Museum after opening and accepted the position of Chairperson three years ago. During his tenure, the IMA has seen so much growth in visitation, strong engagement with the community, the forming of invaluable partnerships and most importantly, Dr Dellal has been pivotal in setting a strong strategic direction for the IMA’s future growth.

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“His contribution reaches far beyond the Islamic Museum of Australia, he has been an active leader in the Muslim community, not just in Victoria but nationally for many years and it’s our great privilege to have had his support and leadership over the years and we are thrilled he will continue to be a part of the Museum for many years to come,” said Mr Fahour.

“I was privileged and honoured to have worked as a Board Director and Chairperson of the IMA with a wonderful group of Board members whose dedication and commitment is to be admired. I look forward to continuing to make a contribution to the IMA in my role as Emeritus Patron,” said Dr Dellal.

photograph of Hass Dellal

From left: Ms Magdallene Ektoras, Dr Hass Dellal AO, Prof Abdullah Saeed AM, Mr Ramzi Elsayed, Mr Moustafa Fahour OAM and Ms Wafa Fahour at the morning tea to honour Dr Hass Dellal.

Mr Ahmed Fahour AO has been appointed as Patron of the IMA. He is also a long-time founding member and supporter of the IMA and a protagonist of improved multicultural relations in both the business sector and the wider community.

Along with Mr Fahour as the new Chairperson, two new members have been appointed to the Museum Board, Ms Farah Farouque, currently the Principal Advisor, Public Affairs and Policy, Brotherhood of St Lawrence and Mr Jevan Bouzo, Chief Financial Officer at Viva Energy Australia.

The Islamic Museum of Australia is located in Thornbury, in Melbourne’s north. It is the only Islamic museum in the country and provides educational and cross-cultural experiences for all ages. The Museum is open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Saturday.