Farah Farouque is board chair of The Social Studio, a social enterprise tapping into the design talents of people from refugee backgrounds. The Studio, based in Collingwood, includes a fashion school and clothing label and is a place of belonging and creative development for Melbourne’s emerging communities, especially young people. Farah became a founding board member of the organisation in 2009 when she was a senior journalist at The Age. She now shapes campaigns and public advocacy for the national anti-poverty group, the Brotherhood of St Laurence.
Farah, who migrated to Australia from Sri Lanka as a child, featured last year in the Islamic Council of Victoria’s campaign #25Muslim Women.