Elijah is a father of 4 children and is of South Sudanese Australian background who came as an unaccompanied minor refugee to Australia in 2002. He is a Criminologist and nationally Credited Mediator and Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner (FDR) with Master of Law, Master of Justice in Intelligence, Graduate Diploma of Dispute Resolution, Graduate Certificate in Intelligence, Bachelor of Human Services from the QUT and currently studying Juris Doctor at Australian National University (ANU).
He is a recipient of multiple achievement awards including 2019 Queensland Local Hero for Australian of the Year Awards and Medal of Order of Australia (OAM) for his service to the community. Elijah chairs and sits on several government and non-for-profit organisation boards and Advisory Committees. He is currently a Deputy Chairperson of the Ethnic Communities Council of Queensland and Vice-President Youth Affairs Network Queensland. He is an Advanced Practitioner with Queensland Program of Assistance to Survivors of Torture and Trauma (QPASTT) and Managing Director of Smart Answers Consulting Pty Ltd.
With 15 years’ experience in non-government sector working with youth and families, Elijah is a true champion, Community leader and strong advocate for community. Elijah has been a tireless advocated for the young and disadvantaged. His advocacy work was instrumental in removing children under 18 from adult prisons in Queensland.
Elijah is a professional member of Australian Mediation Association (AMA), the Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC), Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) and Family Law Practitioners Association (FLPA)- Australia.