Diversity dialogue


Delnaaz Irani is one of the three finalists in the young executive female category for IEC Awards. The winner will be announced on 19th November at a Gala dinner in Sofitel

Delnaaz (Del) Irani is an award-winning journalist and TV presenter, who has hosted shows on Australian and international television. She is currently the Finance Presenter on ABC News’ flagship breakfast show, which airs from 6-9am nationally on all ABC TV outlets. She’s also one of the creators and presenter of award-winning talk show, #TalkAboutIt.

Del was born in Mumbai and immigrated to Australia with her family when she was eight years old. She grew up on the lower north shore of Sydney and completed the final year of her degree on a scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley.

She started her career in journalism as field producer, working on programs for Fox News, CBS and Channel News Asia, which involved travelling and living in many different countries including Bermuda, Panama, Belgium and Dubai.

She spent four years in India working for various news organisations including Thomson Reuters, Times Now and BBC World News. She was appointed Mumbai Correspondent for BBC World News in 2009 and also became the presenter of India Business Report.

In 2013, Del was the only journalist from Australia to win a Jefferson Fellowship and visited the East West Centre in Hawaii as well as Tokyo, Beijing and Yangon, along with 14 other journalists from Asia-pacific.

As one of the only Indian-Australians on national television, Del is a leader and role model for many people. “I work with various community organisations. For instance, I recently emceed the Melbourne Indian International Film Festival awards, NSW Premier’s Multicultural Awards, and United Nations of Australia Media Awards,” she says.

Del is a passionate advocate of diversity and multiculturalism. In 2014, she was selected as a delegate on the Australia India Youth Dialogue, which is a young leaders’ dialogue between Australia and India. She also regularly moderates regional meetings for the United Nations’ International Labour Organisation where issues such as youth unemployment in Asia-pacific are tackled.


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