Melissa Abu-Gazaleh is passionate about young men’s health and well-being. At age 19, she founded and became CEO of the Top Blokes Foundation, a boy’s health organisation which today has worked with over 11,000 young men, becoming Australia’s leading boy’s social education organisation improving boys mental health and well-being.
She is 2017 EY’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2016’s NSW Young Australian of the Year and named in Australian Financial Review’s Top 100 Women of Influence. In 2017, Melissa authored two chapters for the Nurturing Young Minds book, which is now available in book stores.
She is an Executive Director of the NSW Men’s Health Forum, Member of the Advisory Board of the Men’s Health and Information Resource Centre and is an acclaimed speaker having presented at many national and state based men’s health conferences.
From passion to CEO, Melissa has overcome a number of challenges to learn the ropes of business during her 20’s. Today, she believes those experiences have helped shape the business woman that she is.
Melissa believes that empowering young men to challenge and redefine their own thoughts and behaviours is the key to reducing many social issues including youth suicide, family violence, drugs, alcohol and other anti-social and risk-taking behaviours.
She is passionate about youth leadership and empowering young men to be agents of change, not tomorrow, but today.