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Abann K.A Yor

Chief Executive Officer


Abann has been working with ARCC for the past 15 years in various capacities as a community leader, board member, Chairperson and since 2014 as Chief Executive Officer. He is a community advocate, educator, and author. He is a visionary, thinking strategically with a human rights-based approach. He has worked with ethnic communities, non-governmental organisations, and government agencies over many years. Abann has completed a number of qualifications on his continued pursuit of professional development, recently completing his Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge through Te Wānanga o Aotearoa. He is a fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, a recipient of the New Zealanders Local Hero Award, and Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition 15 Year Service Award.

Work Chronology

2014 – Present
Chief Executive Officer, Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC), New Zealand
2016 – 2018
Co-Chair, New Zealand Refugee Sector Strategy Alliance (RSSA)
2013 – 2018
Relationship Manager, Partnership Projects (WISE Collective and Safari Player group) Between ARCC and Auckland regional Migrant Services (ARMS)
2014 – 2017
Ethnic Reference Groups – Member, Family Commission New Zealand
2009 – 2015
Member, and Vice-Chair, New Zealand National Refugee Network (NZNRN)
2011 – 2014
Employment and Education Pathways Coordinator, Refugee as Survivor New Zealand (RASNZ) Refugee Youth Action Network (RYAN)
2010 – 2014
Vice-Chairperson and Chairperson, Auckland Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC)
2009 – 2012
Youth Coordinator, Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition (ARCC), Auckland New Zealand
2006 – 2013
Chairperson/Projects Manager, Auckland South Sudanese Community Inc

Education Chronology

Feb 2018 – Dec 2019
Master of Applied Indigenous Knowledge, Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Auckland New Zealand
Feb 2017 – Dec 2017
Post Graduate Diploma in Bicultural Professional Supervision, Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Auckland New Zealand
Post Graduate Certificate in Social Practice, Unitec of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand
Leadr5-day Mediation Workshop, Leadr- Association of Dispute Resolvers, New Zealand
National Certificate in Youth Work (Leadership L3), Career Force (Community Support Services ITO Ltd)
Feb 2009 – Dec 2011
Graduate Diploma in Not-For-Profit Management, Unitec of technology, Auckland New Zealand
Feb 2007 – Dec 2010
First Line Management and Leadership (level 3), and National Certificate in Computing (level 2, 3 & 4), Te Wananga O Aotearoa, Auckland, New Zaland
Feb 2006 – Dec 2009
Certificate in Heavy Vehicle Technology (Level 4, Certificate in Light Automotive Technology (level 2 & 3), Employment Skills English Certificate and Food Safety Certificate and Preparation for Automotive Trades Certificate second semester, Manukau Institute of Technology, Auckland New Zealand


2006 – 2022
Publications (Author) My Indignity Experience (academic paper), Stories, Partnerships and Policies: The Experiences of Aotearoa Resettled Community Coalition (academic article), Beyond Refuge: Stories of Resettlement in Auckland 2016 (Storybook), New Zealanders Now: From Refugees to Kiwis (Book), Native Displacement in the Twenty-First Century: Applying Leadership Knowledge (Book) and Bench Marking the Resettlement Process of New Zealand and Australia (Book), Our Stories Our Voices Our Identities: The New Zealand Resettlement Storybook (Book).