Politician, Lawyer, Writer and Media Expert
Aisha is an accomplished young leader across law, politics, media and international relations. Aisha ran for the State Parliament in 2015, and is the subcontinent adviser to the Federal Opposition Leader of Australia. She has spent more than a decade working as a policy, media and community engagement adviser for various State & Federal Ministers, often acting as an important link between politicians and the local subcontinent communities. She is currently the Director of Community Relations for Federal Senator Sam Dastyari. Aisha is the Chairperson of All Ladies League (NSW Chapter – Australia), an active member of the NSW Labor Party Women’s Forum, and was the Vice President for Women in Film and Television NSW. She is regularly asked to speak at conferences and panel discussions, as well as MC at community events and concerts including Adnan Sami in Sydney. Aisha has a strong focus on Interfaith Dialogue and Multicultural Affairs, and works passionately on building productive relationships between communities and cultures. Aisha’s work with women from ALL countries is her passion and purpose in life as she believes there is nothing more powerful than women helping women, because when they do with the solidarity of sisterhood, amazing things start to happen. Small ripples become miracles which flow forth, spreading more goodness and lifting others on the way. She was the youngest member invited to a Muslim-Jewish leaders Delegation to Washington DC by the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, and has also participated as a delegate of the Australian-American Young Leadership Dialogue. Aisha’s work with Parliamentarians, senior Government officials, Business, Religious and Community leaders has been instrumental in developing effective initiatives and policies. She regularly takes delegations to Parliament House to meet with Ministers and engage in direct dialogue to enable more awareness of community concerns and needs. She has organised, hosted and spoken at numerous cultural and political events as a way of building bridges between and beyond different community groups to create greater cohesion and co-operation, especially amongst women. She was the youngest member on the Federal Government’s Sub-continent Ministerial Consultative Committee, and also a Youth Ambassador at the inaugural India Australia Business and Community Awards. In 2014 and 20145 she accompanied the Shadow Minister for Multiculturalism and Citizenship (Michelle Rowland MP) on two separate delegations to India aimed to strengthen business, diplomatic and political relations. This included attending high level meetings with Indian Ministers and CEO’s at Vibrant Gujarat and Pravasi Bharatiya Divas. Aisha has studied both in Sydney and the U.S.A. She has a BA/LLB (Hons), with a major in Communications from the University of Technology Sydney, and a sub-major in media (completed at The University of Miami). In addition, she has a Graduate Certificate in Legal Practice (UTS), a Professional Certificate in Arbitration and Mediation (University of Adelaide), and a Certificate in Australian Immigration Law and Practice (UNSW). She has also commenced a Masters in International Law and International Relations at UNSW. Aisha has written numerous articles for various publications in local and international media on issues she is passionate about including the greater representation of more diverse women in media and politics. Aisha is working hard to make a difference, and believes that true change can be brought about by directly engaging and empowering women and using positive platforms to promote equality and prosperity for ALL.