Our team

CQ Consulting Services

Our consultants are experienced and trusted cultural intelligence partners who are passionate about creating real change in organisations and communities.

Safa Almarhoun

Enterprise Manager

Safa Almarhoun

Safa is an experienced cultural advisor and stakeholder relationships manager, with diverse experience spanning a number of senior leadership roles. 

Safa joined CQ Cultural Consulting in 2014 as a Consultant, and in her current role as Enterprise Manager is leading the strategic development and growth of the enterprise to increase its reach and social impact.

Safa has extensive experience and expertise in multicultural affairs and project management in not-for-profit organisations, specialising in issues for migrant and refugee women in Victoria. 

Safa has served as Victoria’s Multicultural Youth Commissioner, Chairwoman of the Victorian State Government Social Cohesion and Community Resilience Advisory Group, Advisory Board Member for La Trobe University, and other senior leadership roles. 

Safa holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Business Management and currently completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.

Rana Ebrahimi

Senior Consultant

Rana EbrahimiRana has over 12 years’ experience delivering strategic advice in the humanitarian and development field for UN agencies and international non-government organisations across Europe and Asia. Rana has managed over 48 humanitarian focused projects from planning through to implementation and evaluation across diverse cultural, age and gender settings.

In her most recent role as a Multicultural Policy Advisor in the Office of Senator Di Natale, Rana communicated and negotiated with government authorities and community stakeholders for the provision of the Senate’s Select Committee on Strengthening Multiculturalism.

Rana holds a Master in International Law with a thesis focusing on Afghan Refugee’s predicament in Iran.

Merie Polkamp 

Senior Consultant

Merie PolkampMerie is a diversity and inclusion professional with a broad background in managing multidisciplinary programs across research and not-for-profit sectors. Merie has worked at various grassroots organisations and social enterprises in the Netherlands, the Caribbean, the Philippines and Indonesia. 

She currently serves as Co-convener of Women’s Melbourne Network and strives to build resilient and inclusive communities by drawing strength from diversity, and the appreciation and celebration of differences. 

Merie is passionate about combining insights from cross-cultural psychology and behavioural science to improve decision-making. She holds a Masters in Social Psychology and a Masters in Organisational Ethics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands.

Stefanie Abrahams


Stefanie AbrahamsStefanie is a German-born, Australian-educated communications specialist with a double Master degree in International Communications and International Relations. She has over 7 years’ experience across diverse organisations and consulting roles.

Stefanie’s roles have spanned both the corporate and the not-for-profit sector, across diverse fields including social development, organisational behaviour, investor relations and crisis communications. Stefanie combines facilitation, communication, project management and stakeholder liaison skills with an ability to critically analyse processes and identify areas for innovation.

Stefanie has worked in Asia, South America, Europe and Australia and speaks English, German and Spanish. 

Hiba Abd El Hamed


Hiba-Abd El HamedHiba brings strong community experience to her role as a Consultant with CQ Cultural Consulting. She is the Co-Founder and President of Afro-Care, a youth-led not-for-profit organisation supporting the African community in Melbourne.

Hiba was one of ten UNICEF Australia Young Ambassadors and is a graduate of Leadership Victoria. 

Hiba holds a Bachelor of International Relations (Arabic & Middle East Politics) and is currently completing a Masters in International Development (Political Science & Government) at RMIT University. Hiba is of Sudanese, Egyptian and Australian background and speaks English and Arabic. 


Sherry-Rose Bih Watts


Sherry-Rose Bih WattsSherry-Rose is an experienced multicultural affairs, youth and community engagement professional, with a passion for mentoring and facilitation. 

She is a Peer Educator with the Australian Red Cross, a Shout Out Speaker at the Centre for Multicultural Youth, President of the Afro-Australian Student Organisation, a Youth Ambassador for Brimbank City Council and a Youth Ambassador for Plan International. 

Sherry-Rose is currently completing a Bachelor of International Relations and a Diploma of Language (French) at La Trobe University. Sherry-Rose is of Cameroonian and Australian background and speaks English, French and Pidgin.