Portrait of Sonia Ziaee

Sonia Ziaee

Sonia Ziaee is an Afghani businesswoman, Flinders University student, and Afghani student community activist.

Sonia was born in 1984 in Kabul, Afghanistan. Due to the war in her country, she and her family had to flee to Pakistan twice, where she completed her schooling. Sonia is the only female director on the board of directors of an Afghani logistics company. She joined the company in 2006, and has remained a virtual employee since her arrival in Australia in 2009. She also serves voluntarily as president of the Flinders University Afghan Union, helping Afghan students in promoting their academic skills. Sonia is a volunteer member of the Association of Australian Tertiary Students from Afghanistan (AATSA).

Previously Sonia has worked at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) for four years as a lead instructor, teaching computer and networking skills to over 300 Afghani women. Following her degree in accounting, Sonia plans to complete a Masters degree in international relations and international law. Sonia has spoken at fundraising events for the organisations Zonta Intentional Inc. and Support Association for the Women of Afghanistan (SAWA) and has been awarded scholarships including IDP Peace Scholarship, Cisco Systems Inc. Scholarship, Flinders Business School Scholarship, and Flinders Housing Scholarship.