Hayat Akbari is a former refugee from Afghanistan currently living in Australia. He is currently pursuing his Law degree at Macquarie Law school at Macquarie University. Before this, Hayat graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in International Law and International Relations. Hayat lived as a refugee in Indonesia for three years. While there, he was denied fundamental human rights, access to education, including access to information, as was and still is the case for thousands of other young people. Hayat advocates for refugee youth with a particular interest in refugee youth access to education and employment.
Hayat has served as Chair of the APRRN Youth Working Group since 2018. In this role, he advocates for the rights of refugees and asylum seekers to access education and for youth to be involved in high-level policy and programming discussion. In addition to his work with APRRN, in two mandates between 2019-2021, Hayat was the Asia Pacific Regional focal point for the United Nations Major Group on Children and Youth (UNMGCY). He worked closely with other colleagues in advocating to have the voice of refugee youth, and migrant children heard in decision-making processes. He was involved in organising the Youth forum, including a youth representative during the Global Forum on Migration and Development in January 2020 in Quito, Ecuador.