Dr Rateb Jneid
PRESIDENT

Dr Rateb Jneid has various areas of business expertise including: building and construction, land subdivision and import and export. Most notably, he served on a number community organisation, school and institution boards.

Dr Jneid holds a Bachelor of Law (LLB), Master of Islamic Education, Master of Business, and a Master of Education (Leadership & Management)- both from the University of Notre Dame Australia, a Doctor of Business Administration and a Graduate Certificate in Business Law (from Curtin University).

He avidly support commitment, participation and service to community initiatives, outreach programs and endeavours, and general welfare, and in this regard, he held many roles, including, being President of the Islamic Council of WA (2012-2017), Chairman of the Halal Committee of WA and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Langford Islamic College (2012-2017)

He has been instrumental in establishing various organisations and also actively involved in the Muslim Youth Programs in WA, which is an initiative to build a youth centre that would support young Muslims in Western Australia, and engage them in positive activities.

His business expertise assisted in providing guidance and assistance to these organisations, in terms of acquiring land and constructing buildings, but also helped to bring focus to these organisations’ activities in implementing appropriate management processes.

He served in a number of community service positions, as President of the is the peak representative body of Muslims in WA, Islamic Council of WA which represent the majority of Muslims in WA. The Council’s aim is to ensure the progress and welfare in the spiritual, moral and social life of the Perth Muslim community.

He also served as Chairman of the Halal Committee of WA and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Langford Islamic College.

He has been instrumental in establishing a number of organisations, including: the United Australia Islamic Association (teaching various Islamic-related matters as well as Arabic) as well as the Muslim Youth Support Centre WA (supporting young Muslim in Western Australia with positive activities). He was the former Vice President of the Muslim Charity Community of WA.

His business expertise has not only assisted in providing guidance and assistance to these organisations, in terms of acquiring land and constructing buildings, but also helped to bring focus to these organisations’ activities in implementing appropriate management processes.

As a prominent member of the Islamic community he has promoted and helped maintain unity, friendship and goodwill amongst Muslims and other communities both within and outside of Western Australia.

His involvement has always been to promote the welfare of the Muslim community at every opportunity, in terms of assimilating and adapting to Australia, and to try to create and promote positive intercultural exchanges, taking into consideration that the majority of Muslims that have arrived in Australia and in particular Western Australia in the last 20-30 years, have arrived in unfortunate circumstances - coming from conservative and varied backgrounds or from very poor circumstances (or both).

He has been a spokesman for these organisations and is keen to soften the conservative reactions that sometimes come from these organisations. This has extended to even educating local Muslim persons of influence to understand that the “old ways” of business need to be varied, adaptable and in accordance with the Australian cultural and legal frameworks.

Throughout this time he has been actively involved in the Islamic community, holding membership to various Islamic educational, religious and cultural associations, while at the same time, contributing to cross cultural understandings through meetings with the Western Australia Police, the Halal accrediting associations in Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur and with the peak Islamic body in Australia, the Australian Federation of Islamic Councils, for the purpose of promoting appropriate cultural understandings across Australia and also to improve the business acumen and cultural understandings of some Islamic associations.

Most notable, he has been actively involved in dialogue with Western Australian authorities at times when there have been cultural misunderstandings, and aided in promoting cross-cultural initiatives and interaction.