Melanie Tran


Melanie Tran is a disruptor, an innovator, an activist, a social entrepreneur. Driven by a deep sense of empathy, Melanie has an orientation towards finding creative solutions, and is on a mission to prove that disability does not define a person.

Melanie is the first person in the world with a neuromuscular condition to complete The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – she is the recipient of the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award.

Currently studying Digital Media with a major in Interaction Design at Torrens University Australia, Melanie displays unwavering passion, and expertise, for UX (User Experience) Design. Melanie’s lived-experience, developed skills and knowledge allow for her work to span the disability, health and technology sectors. With over six years’ experience, and through her role as a UX Designer at Hireup, Melanie fights, every day, for a society which is flexible enough to adapt. Melanie is also a Board of Director at LeepNGO – an organization that focuses on addressing the digital divide in the disability and aged care sectors.

In 2017, Melanie was selected as one of the Laureate Global Fellows – an international fellowship for young social entrepreneurs.

In October 2018 Melanie was selected, from a network of more than one million students, as the winner of the Laureate International Universities Here for Good Award. The award recognises a student from the Laureate network who is using education as a platform to help create positive social change.

Following her success, at just 23 years of age, Melanie has become a sought-after public speaker, presenting at [email protected], the Enhancing the Links Seminar, Design for Inclusion at CommBank and more recently, at TEDxSydney Pitch Night, following her thought-provoking pitch.