The first page of my story
Professional Speaker (spoken in over 50 countries)
Experienced Skills & Social Enterprise Trainer
For all bookings and enquiries, email: info@inspirEngage.com
Countries lived in: Iran, Turkey, Sweden and UK
Languages: Farsi, Swedish, English, German and French
Education: 2:1 LLB (Hons) Law Degree, Oxford Brookes
Business: Founder & CEO, InspirEngage International
Number of years in Youth Sector: 15
Passions: Social Responsibility, Life Skills Development and Social Enterprise
Role Model: Queen Rania of Jordan and my mother
“Don’t tell me the sky’s the limit, when there are footprints on the moon”
Born amidst war in Iran, to becoming a multi-award winning global businesswoman. Beginning work in the Youth Sector aged 13 whilst not being able to speak English fully, to now being Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International.
Melody Hossaini has reached over 1 million young people in over 100 countries. She is one of the leading youth sector figures in the UK with an equally strong profile globally.
Aged 13, she helped establish a leading democratic youth organisation, and in 2005 made history becoming the first female (and ethnic minority) to be elected Chair of its Board of Trustees.
In 2009, Melody set up the social enterprise InspirEngage International, with £0 and a hotmail email account. InspirEngage’s central objective being to improve the lives of children and young people through unique Skills Development Bootcamps.
With 14 years experience in the youth sector, InspirEngage’s innovative services are the first of its kind in several parts of the world. Its work being fuelled by the inspiring young people we work with.
Melody has championed young people, worked and been trained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former vice-president Al Gore. Last year, her work with the Commonwealth Heads of Government even featured on the Queen’s Christmas day speech.
In 2011, Melody beat 75,000 applicants to become one of the candidates on the world’s leading business programme, BBC 1’s ‘The Apprentice’. She was the first ever Social Entrepreneur to have got onto the show with Lord Sugar describing her as “a woman of exceptional ability”.
Melody’s work and that of InspirEngage International has been recognised with several prestigious awards, one of which was presented by Prince Charles in 2009.
Her passions are Social Justice, Young people and Enterprise, which are central to her role as an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust.
Melody holds a 2:1 LLB Honours Law degree from Oxford Brookes University, has lived in 4 countries and speaks 5 different languages.