Countries lived in: Iran, Turkey, Sweden and UK
Languages: Farsi, Swedish, English, German and French
Education: 2:1 LLB (Hons) Law Degree, Oxford Brookes
Number of years in industry: 17
Passions: Social Enterprise, Encouraging Personal Responsibility and working with young people/women
Melody Hossaini has reached over 1 million people in over 100 countries. She is one of the leading youth sector figures in the UK with an equally strong profile globally, including predominantly in the Middle East.
Aged 13, she became a co-founder of 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.
With 14 years experience in the youth sector, Melody became Founder and CEO of InspirEngage International in 2009, with a clear vision to offer unique Skills Bootcamps that enable individuals to be confident, work-ready and socially enterprising. Melody established InspirEngage International aged 13, with £0 and a hotmail email account and took the business international within 2 months, impacting millions of lives. She is now a leading force of pioneering social enterprise in the UK- and internationally speaking on several platforms including Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in Malaysia in October 2013 on Social Enterprise, as well as TEDx in Kuala Lumpur. Watch here > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95f8RV_YdKY
InspirEngage’s innovative programmes, are the first of its kind in several parts of the world, including leading on the launch of the first ever female-only vocational training institution in Saudi Arabia- where Melody is tasked with supporting the students into economic participation.
In 2011, Melody became the first ever social entrepreneur to appear on BBC’s The Apprentice, making it to week 10 out of 12, being described by Lord Sugar as; ‘a woman of exceptional ability’.
Melody has championed young people, worked and been trained by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, former vice-president Al Gore and UN dignitaries. Recently, her work with the Commonwealth Heads of Government even featured on the Queen’s Christmas day speech.
Melody’s work has been recognised with several prestigious awards including Woman of the Future Award for voluntary work and Asian Woman of Achievement award as presented by Prince Charles.