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40 Under 40 winner of the day: Arman Abrahimzadeh

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Anti-domestic and family violence campaigner Arman Abrahimzadeh is working to put an end to one of Australia’s most pressing social problems.

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Abrahimzadeh and his two sisters Atena and Anita have worked closely with the domestic violence sector to establish a charity that supports the needs of domestic violence victims and addresses gaps in the system.

The family co-founded the Zahra Foundation Australia in 2015 to provide financial literacy and economic empowerment for women and children fleeing abusive homes, and helping them to create pathways into further education and employment. The foundation is named after Abrahimzadeh’s mother, who was murdered by his father in a public place.

Working closely with the domestic violence sector hasn’t been Abrahimzadeh’s career path, but rather an area of advocacy for his family, which has sparked open and public discussion on domestic and family violence in South Australia and led to changes in policies and legislation.

All state government departments have undertaken The White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation—an award-winning program that recognises organisations who promote safe workplaces for women and respectful relationships, and supports employee efforts in responding to and preventing violence against women.

Abrahimzadeh is currently an Ambassador for White Ribbon Australia and Our Watch, and a board member for the Australia Day Council of South Australia. He has several accolades for his continued advocacy in the domestic violence and gender equality sectors including last year’s Order of Australia Medal and the 2016 SA Young Australian of the Year.

In November last year, he was elected to the Adelaide City Council.

This month, he was named in InDaily’s 40 Under 40, which recognises the best and brightest young business people in South Australia.

What is the most single important lesson you have learnt in your business career so far?

Never underestimate the importance of teamwork. In order to go quick, go by yourself. In order to go far, go as a team.

What do you believe are the strengths of doing business in South Australia?

Strong sense of community, lower operating costs in comparison to other states, your reputation follows you as a result of word of mouth.

What do you believe are the weak points of conducting business in South Australia?

More risk-takers needed to break some conservative views.

Do you see your future in South Australia?

My family and support network are here. If I end up anywhere else, I don’t think I’ll do as well!

How can the state encourage more of its young leaders to stay?

Create the right environment for younger leaders to live, work and play but also have the opportunity to try new things and take more risks.

To see the full list of 40 winners, go here.

InDaily is profiling each of the winners – go here to read more.

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