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Sarifa Alonto Younes is an international Edu-Preneur, keynote speaker, #1 Amazon best-Selling author and a mother of four. She has addressed heads of state as well as political and educational leaders internationally, is widely published in Australia and beyond, was nominated for the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Award and is the recipient of the 2018AusMumpreneur Multicultural Business Excellence Award . 


Sarifa is a highly sought after keynote speaker and child development/parenting expert and an inspirational voice for many.

Sarifa Alonto Younes


Sarifa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master Degree in Industrial & Organisational Psychology (Malaysia) and a Masters Degree in Education and Training (Melbourne, Australia) which have made her a strong voice on international stages speaking on organisational change, social behaviours and personal empowerment.

Professional Career

Sarifa Alonto Younes is an international speaker with a deeply rooted passion for the empowerment of women through education as a pathway to creating ‘futures with choices’. She works tirelessly to improve the career opportunities especially for women and young people in socio-economically and culturally disadvantaged and developing countries.

For the past three decades Sarifa Alonto Younes has been invited to conferences and seminars to present to heads of state, academic and business leaders, as well as organisations and media, addressing social, environmental, cultural and educational issues.  

Sarifa Alonto Younes is the Founder & President of the International Academy of Marawi (IAM), Founder & Director of the Training College of Australia, and Founder and Director for the Arndell Park Early Childhood Learning Centre.

Keynote Topic

Love your obstacles-Turn Challenges into Opportunities 

Obstacles are everywhere. For some, it can break them and spin them into cycle of hardship and depression. For others, it can define and strengthen them beyond their wildest imagination. Sarifa, faced many obstacles throughout her life. However, she has managed through them and had turned those obstacles into opportunities. She has learned throughout those years to love her obstacles.


Sarifa had lost both her parents at a very young age. Her father had a car accident when she 4. Few years later, her mother lost her battle with cancer. The obstacle of being an orphan made Sarifa strong, independent, resilient and a successful business entrepreneur, educator and author.

Sarifa has shared her story on the national and international stage. Sarifa is a powerful professional speaker  who has inspired and positively impacted  women from all around the world. Now Sarifa is the living example of triumph, strength and success. 


It has become Sarifa's passion to educate and empower women to learn to love their obstacles and inspire them to turn those obstacles into opportunities.

In this keynote presentation, Sarifa will show you how to:

1. Turn obstacles into Opportunities 

2. Learn to be resilient

3. Love your obstacle