Legacies can be left in a range of ways, and arguably the strongest is the power of education.  One renowned educator in the Australian Muslim community is Osman Karolia, who is creating a legacy built off community service and investment in the next generation.

Osman’s philosophy has always been that all students, regardless of ability, can achieve incredible things, and he has always thrived while working with students across the spectrum of abilities. 

For over two decades, Osman has served the community through his passion for education, initially in the public system and, for the last twenty one years, in the Muslim schools sector. Osman spent fourteen years as a classroom teacher specialising in the humanities and enjoyed tremendous success at achieving the highest results for his students in non-selective comprehensive classes, particularly in the humanities.

Osman’s extensive knowledge of school policies, curriculum and pedagogy has led him to supervise numerous K-12 registrations in many schools, as well as coordinate the accreditation and professional development of teachers. Further, his extracurricular programs including community service, leadership, volunteering, interfaith exchanges, humanitarian work and sports, have been at the forefront of Osman’s vision to build a future generation of Muslims who excel not just academically, but in all facets of life. 

He has held numerous leadership positions throughout his tenure and served as a guiding figure and exemplar for expert, proficient leadership in the educational sector.  These include: careers advisor roles, secondary school coordinator roles, Faculty Head (HSIE), Director of Studies, International Baccalaureate Director (Diploma and Middle Years Program), Deputy Principal and two stints as Principal. 

His most recent role as Head of Senior School at Unity Grammar included managing the educational, welfare and co-curricular programs of the senior students. He is now Principal at Arkana College, looking after the overall management and wellbeing of a large school community. Osman is co-founder of the Islamic Schools Association of Australia and is the current national secretary, where he enjoys advocating on behalf of the Muslim schools sector. His is a lifelong commitment to education that has seen thousands of students benefit through his talent, dedication and disciplined leadership.

Osman has built an incredible legacy through education that will benefit generations upon generations of youths to come. How will you leave behind your legacy?

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Talal currently serves as a Non-Executive Director on the Whitlam Institute and Western Sydney University Foundation Council Board. He also serves as Chairman of First Quay Capital and Chairman of the Australian Arab Dialogue. Talal has also served on the Australia Post, Board of Sydney Ports, Macquarie University and the Western Sydney Area Health Service and the Chairman of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade; Council of Australia Arab Relations. In an executive capacity, Talal spent 10 years at PwC as a director and strategist, and at investment firm Babcock & Brown in the Corporate Finance Group and later in the Technical Real Estate Division. Later Talal held leadership positions in Better Place Australia, Platinum Hearing and Star Transport Australia.

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