Community leader, Somali and African Australian community
Ahmed Dini
Community leader, Somali and African Australian community
Ahmed Dini is a leader in Australia’s Somali and African Australian community.  He has galvanised Somali and African migrants through events and initiatives that provide significant support to families and has become a strong voice and influential advocate for his community. Ahmed was 9 years old when he arrived in Australia and since finishing school has spearheaded the creation of the Australian Somali Football Association (ASFA) to promote sport, mentor under-privileged young people and to create a more cohesive Somali and African community. Through his vision, the Australian Somali football championships have become the largest sporting event ever undertaken by the African community in Australia, with more than 7,500 people attending. As event manager, Ahmed was inspirational, leading the 10-person committee, 21 sponsor partners, 100 volunteers, 30 coaches and managers and 400 players.

The success of such events as well as creating employment opportunities in assisting young people with job placements in the City of Moonee Valley, City of Melbourne, Maribyrnong City Council and City of Yarra. Ahmed has been a strong social justice champion, he serves the community on many boards and always speaks on their behalf.

In recent years Ahmed has been appointed to the African Australian Ministerial working group as well as serving as an Australia Day Ambassador and People of Australia Ambassador under Prime Minister Julia Gillard. In 2012 Ahmed was named Victorian Local hero as part of the Australian of the year award.

From Chairing the Flemington Neighbourhood Renewal to advocating for young African Australian, Mr. Dini has made a huge social impact not only in the African Australian Community, but in the Wider multicultural communities of Victoria.

Through employment and leadership Ahmed is on a journey to empower and build the capacity of the African Australian community and in particular the African Australian Youth.

In 2013 Ahmed was listed 13th most influential person in Victoria.