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John Mac Foundation

Deng & John Mac

Established in 2016, the John Mac Foundation aims to both continue the legacy of their namesake and address some of the issues that held him back in life. Scholarships are awarded to individuals at the University of Western Sydney who display the values and attributes that John Mac displayed as the first Sudanese refugee to graduate from a university in Australia, and during his subsequent humanitarian efforts in Australia and South Sudan.

Through their scholarship fund, they assist people from refugee backgrounds to complete their higher education and make a successful transition from education into meaningful employment. They currently have five scholarship recipients, who are talented, hard working individuals who have benefited greatly as a result of receiving the scholarships.

Carlyle Kingswood Global has worked with the John Mac foundation since 2019 when we were introduced to Zainab Khavary. Zainab is a refugee from Afghanistan who has been studying a degree in Law and Accounting at the University of Western Sydney. CKG have provided work experience and mentoring to Zainab to assist her with her studies in accounting to give her the valuable skills, experience and confidence to follow her purpose of giving advice and support to human rights causes to those in her home country.

Additionally, Carlyle Kingswood Global's CEO, Steven Nunn, provides support and guidance as an active member of the Foundation. 

If you would like to know more about this great organisation, please visit

Zainab and Steven