Rabia Siddique is a leading inspirational speaker, transformational leadership coach and mentor, facilitator, thought leader and educator.
One of Australia’s most successful female speakers, Rabia’s engaging and uplifting presentations draw on significant personal challenges and an extensive career as a former criminal, war crimes, terrorism and human rights lawyer, a military career, psychology training, business and as a hostage survivor.
Having garnered global attention for winning a landmark fight for justice against the British Government, the international humanitarian has been a catalyst for policy change to ensure a fairer workplace for women and cultural minorities in the British Military.
Earning the first of many standing ovations for her 2014 TEDxTalk, Courage Under Fire, the Certified Speaking Professional and recipient of the Breakthrough Speaker of the Year Award, is in demand as a keynote speaker in Australia, Asia, Europe and North America. Equal Justice, her best-selling memoir, highlights how she was silenced by the British Military about being taken hostage while negotiating the release of two special forces soldiers in Basra, Iraq.
Representing her journey as a woman, soldier and Muslim, a movie adaptation of Equal Justice and its universal messages about the power we all have to create change is planned. Starting her professional life as a criminal defence lawyer, Rabia became Western Australia’s youngest ever prosecutor, before moving to the United Kingdom in 1998. Human rights, terrorism, war crimes and community aid work took her throughout Europe, South America, Africa and the Middle East.
Joining the British Army Legal Services in 2001, she was appointed sole legal advisor to the 12th Mechanised Brigade in Basra, Iraq in 2005.
During her eight-year military career she served as an officer in England, Northern Ireland and the Middle East. She was one of the first Armed Forces Employment Law Officers – a role which took her to Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where she ran equality and diversity training.
Receiving a Queen’s commendation in 2006 for her human rights work in Iraq, Rabia was the Runner Up for the Australian of the Year UK in 2009, named one of our top 100 Women of Influence, a Telstra Business Women’s Award Finalist, one of the 100 most influential women in Australia by Westpac and the Australian Financial Review and a finalist for the 2016 Australian on the Year Awards.
The committed philanthropist is director of the International Foundation for Non Violence and the Museum of Freedom and Tolerance and serves as a Patron, Ambassador and Board Member of several not for profit organisations. Rabia speaks English, French, Spanish and Arabic, has run the London Marathon and walked one and a half marathons in Australia for charity and is the proud mother of triplet boys.
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Rabia is passionate about leading by example and sharing whatever experiences and life lessons she has learnt, in the hope that this may strengthen and inspire others to reach their full potential and realise their dreams.
As part of her commitment to giving back to the community and her profession, Rabia is an Ambassador for 100 Women, The Esther Foundation, IRCT Support Life After Torture Global Campaign, Ishar Multicultural Health Centre and Angelhands.
Rabia is also a Non-Executive Board Member of the International Foundation of Non-Violence and the Museum of Tolerance and Freedom. Her passion for mentoring, sport and the education of young men and women is evidenced by her Board positions on the Wesley College Perth Council and her recent appointment as a Board member of a Formula car racing team – Calan Williams Racing Pty Ltd.
She is a member of the Australian and British Red Cross, UN Women National Committee, Royal British Legion, the Law Societies of WA, England and Wales, Women Lawyers WA, the International Institute for Humanitarian Law and is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management Western Australia.
Rabia has run the London marathon to raise funds for multiple sclerosis and auto-immune disease research, has recently completed a 60 kilometre walk to raise funds for women’s cancer research and has organised several hugely successful and high profile charity and leadership events.