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About the Founder & Author


Dr Sarifa Alonto Younes


Change Your Perspective  & Find the Freedom to Succeed

Dr Sarifa Alonto Younes


Dr. Sarifa Alonto Younes is a multiple award winning International Speaker,  Serial Edupreneur, Best-Selling Author and a Philanthropist. 

Sarifa is the President and Founder of the International Academy of Marawi (I AM), Philippines; Director and Co-Founder of Training College of Australia; CEO and Founder of Arndell Park Early Childhood Learning Centre; Global Director of Speakers Tribe Women, Australia and Australia Country Chair on Business Networking under the auspices of ALL Ladies League.

Sarifa holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Master's Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology,  Master’s Degree in Education & Training and  Doctorate in Education.

Being an orphan at a very young age of ten, her education, rich leadership experiences and background made her a strong voice on the international stage. She speaks on education, organizational change, women empowerment, leadership and management. She resides in Melbourne Australia with her husband, Hassan, and her four children.

As a leader of leaders and a giver to givers, she is admired for her ability to listen and support those in need. Sarifa has a passion for education and love for humanity, and dreams of a world where young girls and orphans are given a fighting chance at a quality life, and the ability not only to survive scarcity, but to be able to savour in the gifts and rewards education can provide. 


Her achievements have earned her as a multiple award winner locally and globally : a recipient of Australia 2018 AusMumpreneur Multicultural Business Excellence Award; 2020 Mother Theresa Award, WOHA United Kingdom; 2021 Philanthropy Award, World Women Vision Awards. She is a WAW Honorary Award Hall of Fame and Honorary life member of ALL Ladies League. And Australia Country Chair for Business Networking under the auspices ALL Ladies League. Recently, she received the prestigious IIUM Alumni AHAS KIRKHS Award 2022 from International Islamic University Malaysia.  

Her #1 Best-Selling book, Love Your obstacles, received a Bronze Medal Award at Golden Door-REX Karmaveer Truth-Writer Fellowship & Chakra Awards, which is instituted by iCongo and in partnership with United Nations. Also an Honorary mention at Golden Door 2021- Truth & Integrity of the Written Word. 

In her book , Love Your Obstacles, she sheds light on how we can grow and overcome our challenges and turn them into opportunities. Sarifa is also a co-author of 4 number 1 Best-Selling books. She is co-authoring few more book and her another book on women leadership is about to be published.

Sarifa is now in the process of expanding her existing orphanage program by establishing a comprehensive orphanage facilities for orphaned girls in the Phillipines.

The Book showcase

New Release

By Dr Sarifa Alonto Younes

Young girl, Sarifa Alonto-Younes grew up with a family she loved, in a country she loved, doing what she loved - playing games with her friends under the warm shelter of her family home in her hometown of Marawi City in the Philippines. 

At age ten, her innocent world was ripped apart forever when tragedy struck and Sarifa's fate was sealed. She was an orphan, alone in the world armed with nothing but a dream.


A dream to end her misery and get an education. 


Teaching herself to read and write from her brother's schoolbooks was the first step, ploughing through a series of obstacles, prejudices and gender inequalities was the next. Purpose-driven and intent on making something of her life, Sarifa found a secret formula that helped end her suffering and transform her thinking and her life forever. 


Sarifa's inspiring story of struggle and triumph will help anyone face and overcome their obstacles in life with a new sense of passion, purpose and grace. Never has there been a better time to learn how to Love Your Obstacles.


Dr Sarifa Alonto-Younes will be launching her inspiring book at the Authors Book Launch and Expo 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. Come along and join the celebration of this launch and get your signed copy of her book.  Sarifa will be available to sign your purchased copy of her book.


Authors Book Launch and Expo 2022

7 - 8 October 2022

Crown Conferences Melbourne

8 Whiteman St, Melbourne


Dr Sarifa Alonto-Younes

Mob +61 455 046 564.

I am looking forward to meeting you at the Authors Book Launch and Expo to share with you my story and showcase my book to you. 

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