A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts and community sectors.
She assists clients apply an intersectional lens in their work praxis towards greater cultural competence, innovation and profitability. Her goal in this space is to ensure diversity and inclusivity become an integral part of how any progressive organisation does business. Tasneem has developed diversity, equity and inclusive policies (DE&I), delivered workshops, managed projects, curated exhibitions and executed engagement strategies for and on behalf of countless clients.
For her efforts she was appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Australia and awarded an OAM. She has also been named an ‘Anti-Racism Champion’ by the Australian Human Rights Commission and holds a Distinguished Alumni Award from La Trobe University in recognition of her impact in the diversity sector.
Tasneem is a Board Director for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), as well as a Strategic advisor for Fire Rescue Victoria and the Collingwood Football Expert Panel on Anti-Racism. She has also enjoyed governance affiliations with Ambulance Victoria, the In-Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, the Luke Batty Foundation, NOW Australia, and a Board Chairing role for the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights.
A TEDxMelbourne presenter and writer, Tasneem has featured in SBS Life, The Guardian, The SMH and appeared on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A is a regular panellist on The Drum and host of the podcast series, ‘Strengths Untold’.
On behalf of the students and staff of Minaret College, I wish to thank you for visiting to our college and sharing your personal and professional stories. Students were left with an understanding of how moments from their lives and simple observations can lead to a wonderful story. Thank you so much for your excellent presentation. Your ability to work with a large group of students was very impressive and allowed a fun experience for the children to fully participate in sharing your ideas. I have received a lot of positive feedback from the students and teachers on your ability to reach out and capture such a diverse audience.
Tasneem was both engaging and funny! She had a great life story to tell and I was in awe of how much she is involved with and how much she does!
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.