Jamila Rizvi is an author, presenter and political commentator. She is Editor-at-Large for the Nine Network's Future Women platform and hosts their podcast of the same name. Jamila writes a weekly column for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, is a regular commentator on The Project, Today, The Drum and ABC News Breakfast and an occasional host on ABC Radio Melbourne.
Jamila's best-selling book Not Just Lucky, a career manifesto for millennial women, was published by Penguin in June 2017 and long listed for the Australian Book Industry Awards in 2018. Former Prime Minister Julia Gillard has called it, ‘feisty and inquisitive, a fresh take on modern feminist issues.’
Her second book, an anthology of letters about the first three months of life with a newborn, called The Motherhood, was released in April 2017. So far, Jamila has donated more than $15,000 in proceeds from The Motherhood to CARE Australia, helping give women and girls in the developing world a better life.
Jamila is the co-founder of the popular event series Tea with Jam and Clare, which she hosts with singer Clare Bowditch. The event attracts audiences in their thousands each year. 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.
Prior to entering the media, Jamila worked in politics as an advisor to the Rudd and Gillard governments. She has advised governments at the highest levels on issues including employment, women, media, child care, and youth affairs. Jamila is an Ambassador for CARE Australia, and a board member of the Melbourne’s Writer’s Festival.
Jamila holds bachelor degrees in law and commerce from the Australian National University, was President of the students' union in 2008 and was named as the university's Young Alumnus of the Year in 2014. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Jeremy, very excitable three-year-old son, Rafi and a lot of washed but regrettably unfolded washing.