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Tarang Chawla

Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Social Issues

Tarang Chawla is a speaker, writer and founder of Not One More Niki, working to end violence against women. He is a gender equality, human rights and mental health advocate who was named a Young Australian of the Year Finalist and listed as one of Australia’s Top 40 Under 40 Asian Australians.

Where were you born?

I was born in Ghaziabad, a city around an hour from New Delhi, the capital of India. My parents met and married in 1985 after dad put an ad in the Times of India seeking a partner. In 1987, I was born and a year later, we moved to Australia, where I call Melbourne home.

What other jobs have you had?

I’ve had a varied career. I studied Arts, Law and Gender Studies at the University of Melbourne, initially working in creative agency advertising, before moving to federal and then state government and consulting. I briefly worked in the not-for-profit sector, before starting the Not One More Niki movement after my sister Nikita’s murder in 2015.

What themes are recurring in your work?

  • Gender Equality
  • Anti-racism
  • Human Rights
  • Feminism
  • Resilience
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Purpose
  • Mental health
  • Masculinity

What have been the highlights of your career?

Speaking at the MCG in front of my childhood sporting heroes in 2017 as a Young Australian of the Year Finalist was a definite highlight as was being painted for the Archibalds in 2018.

Where have your works been published?

My work has been published in The Age, Sydney Morning Herald, Herald Sun,, SBS, BBC, and ABC across print, online, radio and television.

What are you passionate about?

A world without discrimination where human rights for all are respected and valued.

Haven’t I seen you before?

You may have seen me on your TV or on iView before. I’m a regular contributor to The Drum and a commentator on gender equality, racism, mental health and human rights.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I live in Melbourne with my cute bulldog named Habibi.

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