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Melody Hossaini      

Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International

Melody Hossaini is the Founder & CEO of InspirEngage International. Melody has reached over one 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 just 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 is to support young people and vulnerable women to develop the essential skills in order to be successful by giving back. Melody has designed the infamous ‘InspirEngage Bootcamps’ delivered worldwide with astounding results.

With 17 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 it works 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’, becoming 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 (Woman of the Future Awards 2008, Asian Woman of Achievement in 2009 and Volunteer of the year by the Home Office 20006), one of which was presented by Prince Charles in 2009.

Melody is a proud Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, holds a 2:1 LLB Honours Law degree from Oxford Brookes University, has lived in four countries and speaks five different languages.

Speech Topics

Some of the signature presentations Melody speaks on:

  • The Social Enterprise Revolution
  • How to Change the World
  • Aspiring young entrepreneurs- tips for success
  • Planning and achieving your career goals- practical tools
  • The Future is Female! – Inspiring females to prosper
  • CSR- why social enterprise is more important than ever
  • Bespoke presentations to perfectly suit the purpose of the event

Career Success

How to maximize your chances of career success, with mix of personal story, practical tips and interactive exercises that both inspire students and equip them with actionable ideas to implement.

How to Change the World

Signature presentation (global speaking tour topic). How to do well by doing good and why this is vital for our world. Students will learn about the importance of social responsibility and what kind of careers are connected to this, such as social enterprise. Starts with kindness to fellow students to how we view our community.

Exam Success

Getting students ready for exam success with Melody’s energetic and inspiring exam revision techniques Bootcamp.

Skills for Life

What are the life skills needed to be an all rounder & compete in the world of work? What can give you the edge and what are the essential life skills. Melody will cover an insight, give practical and hands-on opportunity for students to explore.

Startup & Stilettos

A tailored and unique presentation/ workshop aimed at girls. Building their ambition, an honest and open dialogue helping participants to feel confident and focused on being their best.

The story of the Asylum Seeker who Turned Award-winning Social Entrepreneur

Melody shares her own incredible story in a captivating and unforgettable way, sharing chapters such as being victim of racism, being held at gun-point, almost being kidnapped in UAE, becoming a co-founder of a national youth organisation aged 13, discussing the Iraq war with Tony Blair in his office to being the first social entrepreneur on BBC’s The Apprentice. But most importantly, what qualities and moments drove her to persevere and make her life about helping communities.


We can design your own bespoke presentation fit for your students. Just tell us what the objective is and a little about your students and school and we can design something to match.

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