Shabnam is a driven community development practitioner who is passionate about cultivating true partnerships between communities and structures of power to create lasting solutions to some of the most pressing social issues of our time.
Inspired by her own lived experience, she is a strong advocate for meaningful community engagement and participation in addressing the complex challenges of forced migration and refugee resettlement.
Shabnam has founded and led multiple initiatives in Australia and abroad supporting refugees and host communities welcoming them. She has previously worked at the Centre for Multicultural Youth designing and delivering strengths-based leadership and capacity-building programs for migrant and refugee youth and is currently part of a small national team at the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative (CRSI) working to establish a holistic community-led refugee support program in Australia. She is the current chairperson at the National Refugee-led Advisory and Advocacy Group (NRAAG), an Australian refugee-led organisation that aims to create spaces and platforms for the voices of those with lived experience in key decisions, policies, and public and media discourse in Australia.
Shabnam is also a Karate champion with multiple national and international titles to her name.
You can book Shabnam for a speaking presentation via our Face-to-Face program here.
You can also read our Refugee Week media release here.
Please note that speakers are confirmed once a booking has been made and will be based on their availability.