Dr Tanveer Ahmed

Psychiatrist, Politician & Speaker

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a psychiatrist, local politician and author. He is also an engaging speaker, MC and facilitator, who draws on his unique professional and life experience to both entertain and educate.

Dr Ahmed is an elected councillor in the City of Canada Bay in Sydney and the author of migration memoir The Exotic Rissole. He also writes for the mainstream press.

Dr Tanveer Ahmed appears regularly in the media, most commonly on Weekend Sunrise where he does a regular mental health segment, and Sky News.

Dr Ahmed has co-hosted prime time gameshows and presented international news stories for Channel 7. A former television journalist for SBS, he has covered a broad range of foreign affairs and business stories. Additionally he has been a regular commentator on social, economic and political matters, appearing on television and radio programs, including Channel 7's Sunrise, Channel 9's Sunday and ABC's Lateline, 7:30 Report and Q&A as well as internationally on Al Jazeera English. He writes a regular column for Spectator Australia magazine. Dr Ahmed's book, Fragile Nation, exploring the cultural rise of mental health, was described by Bob Carr as "nothing short of an account of the way we live now, from Mujahideen to McMansions". British academic Frank Furedi said it was "a compelling account of how cultural, moral and psychological factors influence individual behaviour in a transnational world."

Dr Tanveer Ahmed is a former Board member of the Advertising Standards Bureau and the Australian Multicultural Council. He was a Board member and the national representative for junior doctors with the Australian Medical Association. Dr Tanveer Ahmed was chosen by a Prime Minister's committee as one of a hundred future leaders of Australia and twice as one of 50 "young men of influence" by a popular men's magazine.

Tanveer Ahmed speaks about:

Mental Health/Social Issues: Tanveer is trained as a psychiatrist, but his broader mix of activities allows him to speak of the wider significance of mental health and the social issues that overlap with it. His experience as a journalist and columnist make him one of the more incisive social commentators in the country.

Leadership: An expert in changing human behaviour and the inner conflicts and habits that hamper effective change, he applies his knowledge of individuals to the organizational and group sphere in a broad range of industries. He is an expert in the notion of adaptive leadership, a key skill in today's complex environment. His broad knowledge base and experience give him unique insights into the problems facing today's leaders.

Motivational: Tanveer's inspiring journey from a child of a Bangladeshi immigrant to become one of the more influential young men in the country is a great choice for an uplifting, motivational talk. His mix of career activities is unique. He is able to tailor his speech closely to the needs of your organisation.

Facilitation/MC: Tanveer's experience in television journalism, comedy and co-hosting a game show make him an excellent facilitator or master of ceremonies in any field.

Client testimonials

I thought his presentation and MC role at the ALA(Australian Leadership Alumni) Conference was outstanding. He clearly understood the audience and issues. I think he connected with the ALAs and was able to respond to their questions and queries with aplomb. He was confident, skilful and responsive on some very challenging issues. I will be remaining in contact with him and looking for ways to engage him in my leadership work.


Tanveer gave us a fascinating talk relating his experience in mental health and human behaviour to the challenges of leadership in the modern workplace. I would recommend him highly.

Perpetual Investments

In Tudor times, I would have been happy to call Tanveer Ahmed ‘a most excellent Fool’ – and in saying so, I would have been offering him a supreme compliment. Tanveer is a talented speaker with the rare ability to combine deep, intelligent analysis with sparkling good humour.

St James Ethics Centre

Now that we know you and how great you were yesterday, please be warned that you will be summoned all the time and I do really mean all the time. You are on the top of our list!!!!… I had received so many good comments about the panel discussion.

National Breast Cancer Foundation

An engaging and entertaining talk by a dynamic individual. Tanveer was able to draw on his broad experience and relate it to our event, which had a varied audience of all ages and backgrounds. Smith Family Tanveer was both informative and entertaining, and kept the audience engaged throughout the entire presentation, which, from past experience is not easy to do. Based on the positive feedback that we received from all who attended, I would not hesitate in engaging the services of Tanveer Ahmed to present at another meeting in the near future.

Pfizer Australia

An engaging and entertaining talk by a dynamic individual. Tanveer was able to draw on his broad experience and relate it to our event, which had a varied audience of all ages and backgrounds.

Smith Family

Tanveer was a great anchor to the event..he facilitated the student panel with compassion and support for the students.


Tanveer’s presentation was thought invoking and kept the audience informative and entertained. It was also  great to hear from a personal level,  his diverse experiences in human behaviour and challenges that employers face in this current employment climate.

Department of Education Science & Training