Akram Azimi made 1,000 speeches and spoken to more than 300,000 Australians in one year, such is the demand for his thoughtful and compassionate opinions. Having sought refuge in Australia from war-torn Afghanistan as a child, to then attaining a triple major degree and pushing himself to be a dedicated mentor to young Australians, he was awarded the 2013 Young Australian of the Year. Equally comfortable and engaging on a range of topics from education and polio eradication to reconciliation, Akram is an outstanding speaker who effortlessly connects with his audience leaving them truly inspired.
Akram was born in war-torn Afghanistan. With no choice, and only the clothes on their back, Akram and his family fled, leaving everything behind.
Fortunately, Akram’s family won something of a global lottery: they received a visa to Australia in 1999. With the help of his amazing high school teachers, Akram overcame his disadvantaged background and became his school’s top academic student and was elected head boy.
At university, he studied law (hons), science and sociology (hons) and is currently doing his PhD. For his community service and mentoring work, Akram was named 2013 Young Australian of the Year.
Since 2007, Akram has taught law, human anatomy, neurobiology, sociology, epistemology, community service and writing at three universities and two high schools.
Overall, he has formally taught for 2000+ hours and mentored young people pro bono for 3000+ hours.
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