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Tasneem
Chopra

Helping businesses, not-for-profit and government become culturally competent, diverse & inclusive.

If your table is full, extend it.

Profile

Tasneem Chopra grew up experiencing life as the proverbial brown pea in a white pod having been born in Kenya, as the fifth generation of East African birthright with Indian origins, but raised in country Victoria.

Fascinated with the world and its people from her early years, this country schoolgirl followed her calling and today is a seasoned Cross-Cultural Consultant.

Current Work:

In her work, Tasneem addresses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion across organisational leadership, including intersectionality within government, corporate, arts and community sectors.

For her efforts, she was recently appointed the inaugural Ambassador for Women of Colour, Australia - and in 2020, awarded an OAM 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.

She is a Board Director for The Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), as well as a Strategic Advisor for Fire Rescue Victoria and the Collingwood Football Expert Panel on Anti-Racism Tasneem, has also enjoyed governance affiliations with Ambulance Victoria, the In-Touch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence, the Luke Batty Foundation, NOW Australia, and Board Chairing roles for the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights and Lentil As Anything.

A TEDxMelbourne presenter and writer, Tasneem has featured in SBS Life, The Guardian, The SMH and appeared on BBC’s IQ2 Debates, Q&A is a regular panellist on The Drum and host of the podcast series, ‘Strengths Untold’.

Expertise
Talking Points

Cultural Competency - why it matters to walk your talk

Gain a better understanding of your organisation’s cultural competency needs, current gaps in skills and knowledge and strategies to develop a more culturally competent leadership or workforce.

Brown Pea in a White Pod

Why Multiculturalism Matters - understanding the stories and distilling the hype

Diversity in Centres of Learning

Providing cross cultural competency to educators, promoting how to communicate effectively with: diverse student bodies.

Keynotes for Schools

Tasneem is skilled at delivering thought-provoking speeches and presentations for students.

As a thought leader and activist, she’s passionate about empowering youth, especially girls, to think and self-reflect on issues of culture, belonging, identity, the arts and activism.
Media
Feedback
Your hosting was seamless and you truly made every element of the event so smooth and brilliant. The Wheeler Centre Management

I have found Tasneem to be an insightful thinker, polished performer, articulate, well informed, and diligent in meeting deadlines. She accomplishes diverse tasks (including research, drafting of reports, conduct of workshops, public speaking) reliably, insightfully and with commitment. Her presentations are well prepared; she argues her case clearly and cogently. I know that many of her colleagues are similarly impressed with the quality of all that she does.

La Trobe University

Over a number of years Tasneem’s multifaceted contribution to conferences, forums and a range of community and professional projects reveals an outstanding capacity to compile, digest and evaluate a large and varied body of information, from which she distils useful pathways for dealing with a range of social and cultural problems. Her work on issues of racism, islamophobia, and women’s rights is widely known and appreciated.

Alexandria Agenda

After watching the video of our Pursuing Justice: Human Rights in an Age of Crisis, I’m struck by the first class - engaging, warm, easily across the issues - role you played. Thanks for being such a wonderful conductor.

University of Sydney

Tasneem Chopra was easily the most impressive speaker of the entire series! We are extremely grateful to you for having brought the diversity lens to the forefront of the discussion and I think everyone is in heated agreement that diversity on boards leads to better decision making and there is certainly an appetite for change. You generously shared many thought provoking insights, ideas and leadership experience with our attendees of NFP Directors, CEOs, Observers & alumni.

Boston Consulting Group

On behalf of ASEAN Society, I would like to thank you again for talking to us about diversity and anti-racism. Your passion really showed the importance of these topics and many of the things you discussed truly resonated with others and I. Cultural immersion would not have been the same without you!

ASEAN Conference

On behalf of the students, teachers, and administrators of Minaret College, we wish to thank you for taking the time to visit our school. It was a pleasure meeting you and listening to your motivational speech. I have never seen our students so excited and so highly engaged during your speech and video you shared with us. Your words of wisdom were very powerful and profound. They gave us many opportunities to think and self-reflect.

Minaret College

Tasneem has a fresh approach to delivering diversity and inclusivity training which we can hopefully build on in future. Well-spoken and passionate about the areas she consults on, she has a lot of experience and delivered some nuggets of wisdom we need to embed into our thinking, e.g. “If we’re not consciously inclusive then we’re deliberately exclusive”. We do need to ensure that the decision-makers are representative of the people they make decisions for, for example higher level management and working groups need to include, or be informed by, those who will be users of that service or affected by that project. It also made me think about how we’re communicating, and how we make the opportunity to contribute accessible not only to people who speak various languages in different proficiencies, but to those who have different levels of ability and disability, varying access to technology or who are disengaged with the council.

Southern Grampians Shire Council
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