A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate and community sectors.
For her efforts, she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Australia – and in 2020, awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal). Tasneem has 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.
In addition to her Consultancy, Tasneem is a Director for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), The Crescent Institute, the South Asian Australian’s Researching Ideas (SAARI) as well as a Strategic advisor to Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV), the In-Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and the La Trobe University School of Humanities. She has also enjoyed governance affiliations with Ambulance Victoria, the Luke Batty Foundation, NOW Australia, the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and Lentil As Anything.
A TEDxMelbourne presenter, Tasneem has featured on BBC World, Al Jazeera and ABC’s Q&A, The Drum and Radio Melbourne where she is a regular panellist and sought after commentator. She is a published author and has also written for The Guardian, SBS Voices & The Sydney Morning Herald as well as several academic publications. As an international festival and conference presenter, Tasneem’s most recent appearances include: the IABC World Conference (Bahrain), the Bradford Literature Festival, (UK) and The Concordia Forum, (Canada).
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.