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Dr. Sarifa Alonto-Younes: Inspiring a Global Wave of Change

Dr. Sarifa Alonto-Younes, a multiple international award-winning serial Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, TEDx Speaker, Best-Selling Author, and devoted Philanthropist, radiates inspiration across the globe.


A respected leader and philanthropist at heart, Sarifa is known for her attentive support to those in need. Fuelled by her passion for education and love for humanity, she envisions a world where women, young girls, and orphans are empowered to lead fulfilling lives through quality education.

As the President and Founder of the International Academy of Marawi (I AM) in the Philippines, Sarifa exemplifies her resolute dedication to transforming lives through education. Leading and founding additional educational institutions like the Training College of Australia and Arndell Park Early Childhood Learning Centre, she acts as a catalyst for positive change.

A visionary Co-Founder and Director of impactful initiatives, including ABLE Publishing Press, Authors Book Launch & Expo (ABLE), Entrepreneur and Business Leader & Expo (enABLE), and ABLE NEXUSPHERE, Sarifa extends her influence worldwide. Serving as the Australia Country Chair for Business Networking under ALL Ladies League, she exemplifies leadership that transcends borders.

Sarifa's exceptional accomplishments have earned her prestigious recognition both locally and globally. She received the Australia 2018 AusMumpreneur Multicultural Business Excellence Award, the 2020 Mother Teresa Award in London, and the 2021 Philanthropy Award in the USA. As the second alumnus to receive the 2022 AHAS-IRKHS IIUM International Alumni Award in Malaysia, she continues to garner international acclaim.

In 2023, Sarifa's impact reached new heights with the Woman in Education and Woman Changing the World Awards in London. She became the first alumnus recipient of the IIUM International Alumni Icon Award in Malaysia and earned the Woman of the Decade award by Women Economic Forum (WEF) and the Australia bronze recipient title for AusMumpreneur of the Year 2023. Embraced in the WAW Honorary Award Hall of Fame and an Honorary Life Member of ALL Ladies League, Sarifa embodies inspiration on a grand scale.

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Sarifa's #1 Best-Selling book, "Love Your Obstacles," transcends literary triumph—it's a beacon of resilience. Recognized with a Bronze Medal at the Golden Door-REX Karmaveer Truth-Writer Fellowship & Chakra Awards in collaboration with the United Nations and iCongo, and an Honorary mention at the Golden Door 2021- Truth & Integrity of the Written Word, the book is a testament to Sarifa's unwavering commitment to wisdom, compassion, and inspiring others to overcome obstacles with love.


She has co-authored six #1 bestselling books and written numerous articles on women empowerment, education and leadership.

Be the captain of your life and direct your ship in the direction you desire, even in stormy weather.

Her influence extends beyond accolades, as she has been featured on various magazines, newspapers, television, and radios both locally and globally, showcasing the widespread recognition of her impactful contributions.

Her Education

Sarifa's educational journey is nothing short of remarkable. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, a Master's Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, a Master's Degree in Education & Training, and a Doctorate in Education.

Professional Career

Sarifa Alonto Younes is a certified NLP Practitioner and business consultants. She is the CEO, President and Founder of the International Academy of Marawi (IAM), Philippines, and CEO of Arndell Park Early Childhood Learning Centre, Australia. She is also the CEO of Lanao Business Services. 

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Turn Your Challenges Into Opportunities!

Dr. Sarifa Alonto-Younes, through her powerful keynotes, will show you how to accept your obstacles, will empower you to make quality decisions to move forward and change your vision for the future.

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