Tasneem Chopra

A Cross-cultural Consultant, Tasneem has recently been appointed as 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 was the Griffith Law Journal’s, ‘Burqas, Bombs and Bogeymen’ highlighting 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.

“Meaningful change in people’s lives is best achieved when they are empowered with the agency to do so. Not as apologists, but as activists”. - Tasneem Chopra

Career Highlights

Tasneem’s engagement in community activism traverses a cross-section of literary, grass roots and international development sectors. As Chairperson of the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights (AMWCHR), she has long represented Muslim women’s welfare concerns to welfare and government agencies. She is also Chairperson to the board of Lentil As Anything, a unique not for profit community enterprise and restaurant, premised on the human capacity for kindness to progress society.

Tasneem was appointment as an Ambassador to Possible Dreams International Inc, a nonprofit organisation based in Swaziland designed to empower communities affected by endemic disease, poverty and malnutrition. Further, Tasneem was invited to the board of Global Reconciliation, an NGO promoting reconciliation across national, cultural, religious and racial differences.

Tasneem has a Masters in International Development and an academic background in psychology and sociology.
Tasneem has presented at numerous conferences over the years, including the Musawah Muslim women and Family Law, International Conference in 2010, The 2014 Creativity and the Spiritual Path at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art , The 20th International AIDS Conference, and the Marketplace of Creative Arts Festival (MOCAfest) Dubai, in October 2014. Her expertise in well established in the areas of her specialisation.
In 2013 she also successfully curated the highly acclaimed Melbourne component of the ‘Faith Fashion Fusion‘ exhibition at Melbourne’s Immigration Museum, following the showcase at Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum. This landmark exhibition celebrates Australian Muslim women’s style and identity. Tasneem profiled four emerging fashion designers and four successful women in Melbourne who have contributed to the fabric of broader society. The exhibition for the remainder of 2014 will tour regional cities.
In May 2013 Tasneem was invited to present at TEDxMelbourne where she spoke to the issue of defeating stereotypes. This mindset has set the benchmark for the trajectory her career has enjoyed to date. She recently appeared on ABC’s Q&A as a panelist filmed live from the Melbourne Writer’s Festival: “Festival of Dangerous Ideas”.
Tasneem made her writing debut, authoring a chapter “How I happened” in the anthology “Coming of Age: Growing Up Muslim in Australia”, published by Allen and Unwin. As a contributing author, she has been invited to present on a series of panels at the 2014 Byron Bay Writers Festival. She is negotiating  further ideas in narrative writing about her identity and personal experiences.

Her professional contributions have also featured in The Guardian, The Herald Sun, The Age, Crikey and several online editorial platforms. In 2013 she was the subject of an in depth profile in the October edition of the ‘Melbourne Review’.

Board Membership

Tasneem Chopra Cross-Cultural Consultant BOARD MEMBER AMBULANCE VICTORIA

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If you would like to engage Tasneem for your upcoming event or simply want to have to chat to her about any of the services on offer, please complete the form to the right. Tasneem replies to all enquiries personally and usually within 24 business hours. If for any reason you have not heard from Tasneem, please email her directly at tc@tasneem.com.au.

Please email Tasneem on tc@tasneem.com.au

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