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Tasneem Chopra

A cross-cultural consultant, Tasneem has recently been appointed an Anti-Racism Champion by the Australian Human Rights Commission. Previously, she was one of 50 Women You Need to Know in 2017’s Herald Sun International Women’s Day count, following a listing in Latte Magazine’s 2016 Women to Watch. In previous years she has been listed in The Age Magazine’s Top 100 most influential ‘Movers and Shakers in Melbourne’ and The Australian Magazine‘s Leader series, of Top Ten Thinkers.

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

When not delivering keynotes, workshops or emceeing events, Tasneem is a Board Director for Ambulance Victoria, The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), NOW Australia and Chair of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights. She is also an outgoing Director for the Luke Batty Foundation and Chair of Lentil As Anything, as well as former Curator at both the Immigration Museum and Islamic Museum of Australia.

A TEDxMelbourne presenter (Don’t Believe the Hype: Exceed It) and writer, Tasneem’s latest paper for the Griffith Law Journal’s, Burqas, Bombs and Bogeymen, highlights media bias against Australian Muslims.  She has a background in psychology and sociology and a Masters in International Development from La Trobe University, where she is also a Golden Key alumnist.

Tasneem has appeared in numerous editorial outlets, including The Guardian, The Age and The Australian and is a regular contributor to SBS Life. She has also appeared on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A, The Project, Compass and is a regular on ABC’s The Drum and ABC Radio, where she is a host and occasional panellist.

Testimonials

Tasneem has a fresh approach to delivering diversity and inclusivity training which we can hopefully build on in future. Well-spoken and passionate about the areas she consults on, she has a lot of experience and delivered some nuggets of wisdom we need to embed into our thinking, e.g. “If we’re not consciously inclusive then we’re deliberately exclusive”. We do need to ensure that the decision-makers are representative of the people they make decisions for, for example higher level management and working groups need to include, or be informed by, those who will be users of that service or affected by that project. It also made me think about how we’re communicating, and how we make the opportunity to contribute accessible not only to people who speak various languages in different proficiencies, but to those who have different levels of ability and disability, varying access to technology or who are disengaged with the council.

—L. Kearney, Southern Grampians Shire Council, February 2019

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.

—W. Briscoe, Executive Director, Multicultural Affairs Queensland & Engagement, June 2018

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.”

—H. Schurholz, Academic Coordinator, Hallmark Program, May 2017

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