Mariam Veiszadeh

CEO | Media Diversity Australia



Mariam is the inaugural CEO of Media Diversity Australia, an organisation that seeks to ensure that the Australian media looks and sounds like Australia.
She is also an award-winning human rights advocate, lawyer, diversity and inclusion practitioner, contributing author and media commentator. Her Ted talk on Privilege has been viewed over half a million times.
She is also the founder and Chair of the Islamophobia Register Australia and has been involved in the anti-racism space for over a decade.
As a former Afghan refugee from Afghanistan, Mariam has been a spokesperson for the Afghan Australian Advocacy Network and was at the forefront of advocating for Australia to increase its humanitarian intake when Kabul to the Taliban. Mariam has also worked as radio commentator for the ABC radio and as a columnist for Fairfax media.
She has held multiple board positions including formerly as Co-Chair of Australian Muslim Women's Centre for Human Rights and Our Watch.
With many accolades to her name including the Fairfax Daily Life 2016 Woman of the year, the 2015 Westpac Woman of Influence and Woman of the Year and Role Model of the Year in 2015 in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards. Mariam is renowned for influencing positive change both in the workplace and in society more broadly.


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