Abbas Nazari fled the Taliban in Afghanistan as a child and was resettled in New Zealand after the Tampa containership rescued his family in 2001, an international story known as the Tampa Affair.
Abbas and his family have thrived since being resettled in New Zealand.
In 2019, Abbas was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to the United States, where he graduated with a Master's in Security Studies from Georgetown University, Washington DC.
His memoir, After the Tampa: From Afghanistan to New Zealand (Allen & Unwin, 2021), is a #1 bestseller. Abbas is a sought-after speaker and media commentator, a prominent advocate for refugees, and was recently named a semi-finalist for the 2022 Young New Zealander of the Year.
Abbas will be speaking about his journey, his experiences of thriving in a foreign country, and some lessons learned.