Arriving in Australia as a child from war-torn Afghanistan he originally felt like an ostracised refugee kid with no prospects. With the help of others, Akram overcame his disadvantaged background and became his school’s top academic student and was elected head boy.
Following school Akram became passionate about mentoring young Indigenous people. His community service work was so significant that he was awarded Young Australian of the Year, and then became Australia's Commonwealth National Youth Delegate from 2015 to 2017.
Akram has spend thousands of hours mentoring young people, and in one year gave over 1000 speeches to inspire others.