Akram is a practicing sociologist; law graduate; university teacher in law and science; part time teacher in social justice and epistemology; and most recently he received honours in sociology. He won the university prizes for science and sociology at the University of Western Australia and is currently Australia’s Youth Delegate to the Commonwealth 2015-2017.
Born in Afghanistan, right in the middle of a raging civil war, Akram and his family left everything behind and fled to Peshawar, Pakistan where he saw firsthand the impact of extreme poverty, polio, malnutrition and inter-communal conflicts.
In 1999 he and his family received visas to Australia where a teacher mentored him – infecting him with a love of learning and serving others.
In 2011 he co-founded a student-run initiative, I am the Other, which aims to address reconciliation issues at the non-Indigenous end of the equation. Akram has delivered over 1000+ speeches on topics ranging from education, eradication of polio, extreme poverty, philanthropy to reconciliation.
Akram was awarded the 2013 Young Australian of the Year