Mikhara Ramsing is a 27-year-old social entrepreneur from Brisbane, QLD. She runs two social enterprises in the youth mental health space: Ground Chai, which provides skill workshops for rural schools in Australia funded by the sale of chai to cafes and consumers; and Ethnic LGBT+, a national website providing a safe place for members of the culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBTIQA+ community to share their stories and experiences of struggling between their sexual and cultural identity, language barriers and facing homophobia/transphobia/biphobia and racism.
Mikhara is a FYA Young Social Pioneer, the NSW Young Achiever 2017, one of 10 Westpac Social Change Fellows 2018, sits on the board of Australia’s Philanthropic LGBTIQ+ giving circle, The Channel, and one of five ASEAN-Australian Emerging Leaders. She believes stories save lives and has travelled around Australia in a self-built tiny home connecting with rural and regional youth to empower their voice in creating a more inclusive Australia.
Later this year Mikhara will be conducting an Indo-Pacific tour to capture the stories of LGBTIQA+ communities across Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Hong Kong, India and Taiwan.