Kon Karapanagiotidis is the CEO of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre; he grew up proudly working class and Greek in a small country town in Victoria. Kon’s personal experience of racism and witnessing the exploitation his parents in factories planted the seeds for his passion for human rights. Kon went on to become a lawyer, social worker and teacher.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, established by Kon in 2001, has over 700 volunteers who have cared for some 7000 people and provided one million hours of free help worth over 100 million dollars. It has never turned away anyone in need.
Kon also performed The Hateful Humanitarian at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2009 and 2010, and plans to do it all over again in 2011.