Rabia Siddique

Keynote Speaker


The retired British Army officer, criminal and human rights lawyer, and former terrorism and war crimes prosecutor, is also a sought-after transformational coach and mentor.

A common thread in all her roles is a desire to make the world a better place, to give voice to the voiceless, and to lift up those around her so that they may be the best version of themselves.

Taking inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi, Rabia lives by the words ‘be the change you wish to see’ in the world.

Having survived a 2005 hostage ordeal in Basra Iraq, Rabia committed to living each day with purpose, serving others, and speaking her truth.  

Ordered by the British Military to never speak of how she was taken hostage while negotiating the release of captured Special Forces soldiers, Rabia developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Her brave action for suing the British Government for sexism and racism, against public ridicule, became a catalyst for policy change to ensure a fairer workplace for women and cultural minorities in the military.

Today, she is an Australian ambassador for the United States-based Support Veterans Now, Project Peace on Earth as well as several Australian charities. Rabia is a director of the International Foundation for Non-Violence and The Museum of Freedom and Tolerance Western Australia.

A recipient of a Queen’s commendation for her work in Iraq, Rabia has received numerous awards for her human rights and community aid work in the Middle East, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Australia.

She was the runner-up for Australian Woman of the Year UK in 2009, Australian Business Woman of the Year Finalist, a finalist in the Australian of the Year Awards, and named as Australia’s Top 100 Women of Influence.  Rabia has been nominated for the Woman Lawyer of the Year Award and cited as a case study at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York.

A keen runner, Rabia, who speaks English, French, Spanish, and Arabic, has completed the London marathon and a double marathon in Australia for charity.

Consistently striving for personal and professional growth, Rabia’s most rewarding challenge is being a Mum to her triplet sons.