Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. Described as one of the preeminent voices of young Australian women online, Jamila injects her own special brand of humour, irreverence and authenticity into the public debate.
Jamila writes a twice-weekly column for News Limited about politics, gender and parenting. She is an accomplished host and commentator, appearing regularly on The Project, The Drum and ABC News Breakfast. Jamila is also host of ‘The Schmunday Show’ on Fox FM, Melbourne.
Jamila’s first book Not Just Lucky, which is a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called it, ‘feisty and inquisitive, a fresh take on modern feminist issues.’ Jamila’s second book, an anthology of essays about motherhood, will be released in 2018.
Jamila is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Mamamia Women’s Network websites, which reaches more than 2 million women each month. Jamila was a finalist for Best Newcomer in the 2014 Women In Media Awards and under her stewardship Mamamia was named ‘Brand of the Year’ in 2013.
In 2014 Jamila was named one of Cosmopolitan’s 30 Most Successful Women Under 30 and in 2015, was listed as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence by the Australian Financial Review. In 2017 she was included in the Weekly Review’s top ten list of young rising stars in Melbourne.
Jamila’s easygoing, professional and infectious style puts her in high demand as an MC, interviewer and host. She has interviewed subjects as diverse as Bill Gates, Kim Kardashian, Julia Gillard, George Megalogenis, Dannii Minogue, Tom Keneally and Naomi Watts.
Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Minister Kate Ellis. Having advised governments at the very highest levels, she has extensive experience in policy areas including women, media, child care, employment and youth.
Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia and refugee advocacy group Welcome to Australia. She is a board member for public policy think tank, The McKell Institute and the Melbourne’s Writer’s Festival.
Jamila studied at the Australian National University, where she was the student body president in 2008. Jamila holds bachelor degrees in law and commerce and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, toddler Rafi and a lot of washed but regretfully unfolded washing.