Michael is an Art Director in film and been part of the NZ film industry since the early 1980s. Closely associated with Mixit since it was established in 2006, he was the inaugural Chair of the Board. He retains a seat at the board table providing a steady voice of reason, a wise overview and ensures the project remains true to its core purpose, alongside providing practical and creative support when needed.
Mark works as a Writer and Creative Director in the advertising and design industry, as well as volunteering his time for arts and charity organisations. As a creative thinker, he aims to join the dots between ideas and people to help build Mixit’s connections and tell our story. As a Mixit trustee, he brings a calm, optimistic approach to what we do, and is great at seeing the merits of both sides of a situation.
As a teenager Fardowsa was a Mixit participant, then Youth Leader before she left Auckland to take on medical studies. She’s now a medical doctor working for Auckland Hospital with an interest in surgery. Around her busy professional life she is a respected poet, and continues to train in martial arts, she currently has a red belt in Kung Fu. Fardowsa brings a sharp curious mind and articulate voice to the Board table, together with lived experience as a young Muslim woman and a Mixit teen. Fardowsa is an inspirational role model to young people coming up behind her.
Kaviesha joined Mixit as a teenager before becoming a part of the Youth Leadership Programme. More recently she has become an active member of the Alumni, co-facilitating Mixit workshops in schools and in other regions around NZ. She is currently studying to be a Primary school teacher, after graduating with a Science degree and working in a laboratory. Kaviesha is also an active member of the Sri Lankan community, regularly performing in cultural events.
Susan has a background teaching and engaging with visual arts and poetry initiatives. As a trustee she brings a set of skills that connects the space between Board and Management and flows through to direct mentoring of the Mixit participants. Susan hosts our annual Youth Leaders retreats on her rural property in Northland and is a deeply committed champion and advocate of Mixit.
Tayyaba Akram Khan
Tayyaba Khan is the founder of Khadija Leadership Network, the NZ Peace Ambassador for the European Muslim League, and a community development practitioner with over 15 years of experience working with the migrant and refugee communities in The Occupied Territories of Palestine, Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand. She has an association with Mixit that goes back to the initial research phase in 2005 and brings to the Board in-depth experience working in various capacities around ethnic diversity.
Jan ran a Human Resource, Learning and Development consultancy and has recently been involved in organisational development for organisations as varied as Westpac NZ Limited, Watercare, NZ Transport and the University of Auckland. Jan’s extensive governance experience gives her the steady capability to guide the board. She is constantly inspired by how Mixit enables new New Zealanders to participate in and contribute to our increasingly multi-cultural society.