Abhishek Kansakar (Nepal)
Abhishek has had an impressive trajectory as an international student and now alumni in Melbourne. He moved to Australia at 17 to study a Bachelor of Commerce degree. He was awarded several scholarships, including the Tritecha Tangmathitham, and became the first Nepalese-born student to receive this award. He continued to pursue a Master of Finance degree, graduating with first class honours before being selected into the graduate program at FTI Consulting.
After winning the 2018 UniMelb Start-up Pitch Competition, Abhishek founded Electrify Infinite, an SaaS-based B2C application that aims to simplify access to electric vehicle (EV) charger stations, promoting EV adoption and contributing to Victoria's sustainable transportation objectives. Recognized by the Study Melbourne Future Founders Venture Scholarship, Abhishek secured $10,000 in equity-free seed funding for his venture.
As a first-generation university attendee, Abishek never thought of being an international student as a limitation but as a superpower. Abhishek advocates for Victoria’s blend of education, culture, lifestyle, and opportunities and invites aspiring students to experience the magic of the state.
Sakeela Mohamed Razeek (Singapore)
Sakeela is an International Student Mental Health Peer Worker at La Trobe University – Bundoora, Bendigo and City campuses. She completed her Bachelor of Nursing at LaTrobe with strong academic performance which inspired her to continue her work there. She has since participated in the La Trobe Emerging Leader program and participated in the Career Ready Advantage Award.
In her role as Mental Health Peer Worker, Sakeela engages in one-on-one interactions with international students, offering a safe space for discussing mental health concerns and providing guidance. She regularily organises stress-relief events tailored to international students, facilitating relaxation, socialisation, and community building.
Through Sakeela’s efforts in various events and promoting mental health programs, she has raised awareness about health and well-being services and established connections within the community. She is now working towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner and is dedicated to mental health, leadership, and creating connections as well as highlighting the invaluable opportunities available to international students in Victoria.
Muhammad Farriz Roslan (Singapore)
Farriz’s journey is marked by his dedication to positive change and innovative thinking. Graduating with a Bachelor of Law degree from Victoria University, he went on to become a Project Coordinator for the university and introduced a new project management framework, receiving recognition for his entrepreneurial mindset. Notably, he spearheaded initiatives addressing mental health challenges among international students, significantly boosting their satisfaction through comprehensive strategies and resources.
Farriz has been very active in promoting Victoria University as a fantastic place for international students. He created the International Student Welcome video in 2022, led the successful implementation of the Inclusivity and Diversity project, and was a VU International Student Ambassador. As a Victoria University alumnus, he actively contributes to the growth of the student community through project creation, advising, and development.