Matthew Albert

Humanitarian and refugee advocate.


Honours and awards

2005 VIC Young Australian of the Year


Matthew Albert started his legal career working with the United Nations’ Refugee Agency as a legal protection officer in Kenya. He is a founder of the Sudanese Australian Integrated Learning Program, a not-for-profit organisation that provides free English support and community services to the Sudanese refugee community.

In 2008, Matthew was elected to the position of pan-Commonwealth youth caucus chairperson – the first Australian to be appointed to the role. In that capacity, Matthew chaired the Commonwealth Youth Forum in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009, and Uganda in 2007. In 2009, Matthew became the first young person to address all Commonwealth Heads of Government. He was the special adviser to the Planning Committee of the Commonwealth Youth Forum hosted in Perth in 2011.

Matthew is a founding trustee of the Charlie Perkins Scholarship Trust and a board member of the Wesley Institute for Innovation in Education, Liberty Victoria, the International Commission of Jurists Victoria amongst other not-for-profit organisations.