Australian who empowers migrants in business takes out Commonwealth Youth Award

Australian who empowers migrants in business takes out Commonwealth Youth Award

An Australian, Usman Iftikhar, who helps refugees and migrants create their own businesses has been named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year.

A young Australian engineer who helps refugees start their own business has been awarded a top Commonwealth honour in London to recognise outstanding contributions to the community.

Usman Iftikhar came to Australia from Pakistan with a degree in engineering but found it challenging to get meaningful work in his new home in Sydney, even after doing a masters degree in engineering management.

He used that experience to create a social venture company in Parramatta that helps refugees and migrants establish startup companies in areas ranging from food to 3D printing.

Prince Harry gave Mr Iftikhar the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year award at a forum in London attended by hundreds of young delegates from across the 53 member nations of the Commonwealth.

There were several hundred nominees and Mr Iftikhar was one of four finalists but was still taken aback by the award.


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