“I’m originally from Somalia, and came to Australia as a refugee when I was 13. I didn’t speak English when I arrived.
I studied HR management at LaTrobe University, and graduated with a high distinction in December. While at LaTrobe, I was part of the Excellence Program, and through that I was chosen to represent the university with Humanitarian Affairs at the Peace Summit of Emerging Leaders in Bangkok, in 2018.
I have personal experience of struggling to find work, like many in the Somali community. Diverse workplaces are so important and I am happy that Tennis Australia is working to become a leading inclusive employer.
I’m so excited to be part of the Australian Open – it’s a dream come true! I’ve never been before, so it’ll be amazing to be part of it.”