Rabia Siddique CSP
Rabia is an Australian criminal and human rights lawyer, retired British Army officer, former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, international humanitarian, hostage survivor, professional speaker, facilitator, coach and published author.
In 2006 Rabia was awarded a Queen's commendation for her human rights work in Iraq, in 2009 was the Runner Up for Australian Woman of the Year UK and in 2014 was selected as a Telstra Business Woman of the Year Finalist and was named as one of the Westpac/Australian Financial Review's Top 100 Women of Influence.
In October 2014 Rabia received a standing ovation from 1700 people at her TEDx talk entitled Courage Under Fire where she spoke about the power we all have as individuals to create the change we wish to see in this world. In March 2015 Rabia was nominated for the WA Women Lawyer of the Year Award, was used as a case study at the most recent UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York, was nominated as the Professional Speakers Association of Australia Keynote Speaker of the Year and has recently been named as a WA Finalist in the 2016 Australian of the Year Awards and appointed as a Director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence.
Rabia's best selling memoir Equal Justice was published in 2013 and is currently in it's sixth reprint. The book is soon to be released in North America and Europe, and a British/Australian feature film based on the book is currently in development. She has appeared in various Australian, UK, South East Asian and Middle Eastern media and print publications and has appeared as a guest at several Australian Writers Festivals.
She has earned an international reputation as a powerful, transformative and unforgettable inspirational/motivational speaker, as well as a committed and passionate human rights advocate.
Rabia speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, has run the London marathon for charity, undertaken human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South America, United Kingdom and Australia, and is a mother to young triplet boys, her biggest and most rewarding challenge yet!
"Courage is not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it." Nelson Mandela.
Leading and influencing is an honour and a privilege.
Now more than ever thought leaders and those who inspire, empower and motivate are regarded as instruments that help others to achieve a better and brighter future.
We must embrace this responsibility ethically and with integrity and strength. It is our duty to lead, teach and live in harmony with the values we all ought to hold dear.
This takes courage, discipline and commitment, but is crucial to ensure a sustainable career and industry.
Through her own unique perspective, Rabia will share her story and understanding of what it means to triumph over fear and lead by example in a world where chaos and uncertainty abounds.