2020 Speakers and Presenters
Akram was born in war-torn Afghanistan. With no choice, and only the clothes on their back, Akram and his family fled, leaving everything behind.
Fortunately, Akram’s family won something of a global lottery: they received a visa to Australia in 1999. With the help of his amazing high school teachers, Akram overcame his disadvantaged background and became his school’s top academic student and was elected head boy.
At university, he studied law (hons), science and sociology (hons) and is currently doing his PhD. For his community service and mentoring work, Akram was named 2013 Young Australian of the Year.
Since 2007, Akram has taught law, human anatomy, neurobiology, sociology, epistemology, community service and writing at three universities and two high schools. He is also a Goodeve Foundation Scholar.
Overall, he has formally taught for 2000+ hours and mentored young people pro bono for 3000+ hours.
“My hearing loss started after a disease called Lupus Cerebritis started taking over my whole body. My cells, my skin and my mind all infiltrated by this disease.
Learning sign language, meeting new Deaf friends and having the time of my life in this new journey of my life.
That’s when I decided to take control, write my story and surprisingly I won this amazing opportunity!
My story is about overcoming disease, telling my story, and winning the ABC Heywire Competition.”
Ginn was born and raised on farms in South Africa, and went on to study Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town. A varied and interesting life followed with travels to Europe as a young practitioner, to find how physiotherapy was practiced there – particularly in the field of geriatrics.
Whilst In the Cape she met and married Johann Fourie – Lyndi was born in 1970, and Anthony in 1972.
In 1993 her daughter Lyndi was killed at the Heidelberg tavern massacre which catapulted Ginn into a different direction of study for a Doctorate on Forgiveness and Conciliation in South Africa. In 2002 Ginn met Letlapa Mphahlele, who was the APLA (Azanian Peoples Liberation Army) director of operations who gave the order for the attack on the Heidelberg. The result was the discovery of a man who is intent on finding peace and empowerment for his people – a challenge in the current South Africa.
In 2003 Ginn took early retirement in order to develop the Lyndi Fourie Foundation with Letlapa as co-founder. They laid the foundation to rest in 2019.
Ginn and Johann immigrated to Margaret River in 2015. They feel privileged to experience a safe and secure environment after stringent lock-up in South Africa for many years. Ginn now facilitates Conscious Communication workshops and practices Spinal Alignment, Remedial Massage, Quantum Energy Coaching and Provides Mediation – a very rewarding career in assisting the community with healing and compassion.
She completed her autobiography in November 2019 – The Lyndi Tree – An Autobiography of Hope. Copies of her book will be available at DLF 2020
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