we speak to inspire

Our selective speakers come from all walks of life and will ignite creativity, inspiration and
courage, so you can start living fearlessly.

They will cover topics such as:



Dr. Mariya Ali

Mariya is well known for her work in children’s rights and her work with trauma especially, child sexual abuse. She is researcher, speaker and a life coach on a mission to empower people suffering emotional and physical pain. She blends social work, neuroscience and eastern mind and body yoga techniques to heal trauma.

Read Mariya’s full profile.


Madeleine Black

The Courage Cultivator

Madeleine Black has an unusual personal story which she uses to inspire and motivate others. She chose to forgive the two men who gang raped her at thirteen years old and she shares her story for many reasons. She wants to end the shame, stigma and silence surrounding sexual violence enabling others to find their voice, whatever their story is. 

She wants people to know that it’s not what happens to us that is important but what we do with it. She will show how changing her mindset tapped into her resilience and transformed her life, making people question their own thinking and encouraging them to see that there are always choices to make, and if we choose to, we can get past anything that happens to us in life both professionally and in our personal life. She wants to encourage others to live their life courageously too; but ultimately she wants to inspire hope and show people that we are all so much stronger than we think we are.

Madeleine recognises that she was a victim of a crime that left her silent for many years but has now found her voice and intends to use it. Not just for her, but for so many other victims who are unable to find their own voice.


Ian Thomas

TEDx Speaker

Ian inspires his audiences with his story of overcoming adversity. He shares his journey of being a former looked after child, who lived with around 20 families and several children’s homes, struggling with drug addiction, and entering the criminal justice system at the age of 16. Today, he reflects and shares his growth points and encourages those who have experienced similar journeys as him.

His passion, genuineness and charm galvanize his audience to take inspired action to change their lives. He regularly conducts training in prisons in England and international platforms particularly around his learning on the internal and external factors impacting children, young people and adults affected by alternative care, drug addiction, and marginalisation.

Ian’s social work qualification and professional experience of working in international childcare reform, he worked in a foundation that supports NGO’s and governments with an agenda towards deinstitutionalisation propels his advocacy. For the past ten years, Ian has drawn on his personal experience of being in care and his social work training to support foster carers, and with children and young people to increase their engagement and participation.

Ian is on a personal mission to continue to understand self and inspire understanding and compassion towards human adversity.

You were an amazing speaker and I really enjoyed hearing more about your story and your work. We have had some great feedback from some of the alumni who attended, who said they found you incredibly inspiring and really enjoyed the event.

Chloe Dack

Fromer BCom Marketing and Public RelationsAlumni & Community Relations Coordinator | Office of Advancement Corporate Relations Curtin University of Technology, WA, Australia

Mariya is an inspiring speaker. I was part of the audience at Curtin University in 2017 where she enthralled us with her life story of growing up in the Islamic Republic of the Maldives in politically challenging times and her following moves to Australia and England to advance her studies and then her work in her chosen field of child abuse particularly in an Islamic society when she returned to the Maldives as the Deputy Minister for Health.

Tom Jeffcote

Author/Playwright/ Retired Drug and Alcohol Counsellor Australia