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Tasneem Chopra

A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem was named ‘One of 16 Women To Watch in 2016’ by Latte magazine.  In previous years she has been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 most influential ‘Movers and Shakers in Melbourne’ and The Australian Magazines ‘Top Ten thinkers’.

Through her consultancy, Tasneem speaks to issues of cultural competence, identity, leadership and intersectional discrimination- across the private and public sector.

When not delivering keynotes, workshops or emceeing events, she is a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria and Chairs both Lentil As Anything and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. She is also former Senior Curator at the Islamic Museum of Australia.

A TEDxMelbourne presenter and writer, Tasneem’s latest paper was the Griffith Journal for Law & Human Dignity’s, Burqas, Bombs and Bogeymen highlighting media bias against Australian Muslims.

She has a Masters in International Development, a background in psychology and has worked in community development and politics for two decades.

Tasneem has appeared in numerous editorial outlets, including The Guardian, The Age and The Australian and features as a commentator on Q&A, The Drum, The Project and national radio.


  • Cultural Competence
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Diversity in Leadership; it Matters
  • Intersectional Discrimination
  • Women in Leadership
  • Unconscious Bias
  • Ending Violence Against Women
  • Australian Muslims: Fact and Fiction
  • Minority Voices in Mainstream Spaces
  • Speak Before You’re Spoken About
  • The Arts & Social Change


“Thank you so much for presenting to our students at the Hallmark Leadership Symposium last week. It was lovely meeting you and your presentation was the highlight of the day. I just wanted to share one email I received from a student, which really reflects the general view that students expressed after your speech:”Just wanted to pass along the message that Tasneem’s address was so amazing!! I wish that I could eloquently express my opinion on her speech but all I can come up with is woooooww she was soooo good! Such an articulate speaker and really pin pointed the issues we face today as an Australian society.”

—Hannah Schurholz, Academic Coordinator, Hallmark Program, May 2017

Tasneem, we really enjoyed your keynote speech on inclusive leadership, particularly around disrupting systems of privilege, making the most of multicultural talent and moving from tolerance to understanding. Thank you for also sharing your personal experiences.

And thank you for being part of the panel. We have heard glowing feedback about this discussion, and there was a genuine sense of engagement from the audience. Your advice and insights made for an extremely valuable discussion.

From myself and the team here at MAQ, thank you for making the second Speaker Series forum another successful event.

—Wayne Briscoe, Executive Director, Multicultural Affairs Queensland & Engagement

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