Mikhara is a social entrepreneur with a passion for storytelling, youth empowerment and sustainable models for social impact. With a double honours degree in Law and Economics and an Economic thesis on the role of the social entrepreneur in an evolving economy, Mikhara worked as an economist for Deloitte Access Economics before starting her own social enterprises.
Mikhara runs two social enterprises in the youth mental health space: Ground Chai which provides entrepreneurial skill workshops to rural and regional high schools subsidised by chai sales to cafes and customers and; Ethnic LGBT+ which is Australia’s only free national website providing support, education and mentoring for culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) LGBT+ individuals.
She is recognised as a Young Social Pioneer 2017 by The Foundation of Young Australians, NSW Young Achiever 2017 and a Westpac Social Change Fellow 2018. Mikhara believes stories save lives and wants to empower young people with the space and skill to share their story. Her vision is to create a more inclusive and safe Australia, reflective of its wonderful diversity.