About Fadi

“When no country in the world recognises your existence…life becomes a living nightmare.” – Fadi Chalouhy

Imagine being born into a world where the very concept of rights is denied to you from the moment you take your first breath. Picture a life devoid of education, employment opportunities, access to healthcare, and the basic freedom to move about as you please, all while bearing the weight of relentless discrimination from your own government and its citizens.

Such was the harsh reality that Fadi X faced from the moment he came into this world – a world that refused to recognize him as a person deserving of any rights. Fadi was condemned to statelessness, a condition where he existed as a mere ghost on the global stage. He possessed no citizenship, bore no identity, and held no claim to any fundamental rights.

Raised by a single mother, Fadi’s initial 28 years were marked by the haunting label of an “illegal alien” in the unforgiving landscape of Lebanon. But despite the formidable odds stacked against him, this remarkable young man managed to defy the relentless forces of adversity, embarking on an arduous journey that eventually led him to the distant shores of Sydney.

Fadi’s incredible story

Fadi was born to a Lebanese mother and abandoned by his Syrian father, setting the stage for a life marred by statelessness. Lebanon’s laws refused to recognize him, rendering him invisible and without rights from the moment he entered this world.

Illegal since birth, Fadi faced relentless bullying and rejection from a society that didn’t want him. His uphill battle seemed insurmountable, a staggering labyrinth of barriers, denying him access to education, public health, a driver’s license – even the most basic legal identity. To say “the odds were stacked against him” would be a colossal understatement.

But in the darkest hour of 2017, a glimmer of hope pierced through. A response from Talents Beyond Boundaries, a non-governmental organization on a mission like no other – not to shelter refugees through traditional humanitarian programs, but to guide them to safety via skilled migrant schemes.

Miraculously, against all conceivable odds, Fadi managed to secure an education and gain work experience in Lebanon, all while living as an illegal alien. Then, in 2019, the tides of destiny shifted dramatically. Fadi became the first stateless person to be granted an Australian skilled migrant visa, thanks to the sponsorship of an Australian entrepreneur. A foreign land held the promise of a brand new chapter filled with excitement and hope.


Fadi masterfully guides the audience through an emotionally charged roller-coaster, weaving a tapestry of intimate, confronting, and profoundly inspiring stories.

From the humble beginnings in a secluded mountain village in Lebanon to the epic odyssey that ultimately led him to the shores of Australia, Fadi’s life has been an unrelenting saga of hardship, pain, and countless seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Yet, through unwavering tenacity and unyielding determination, he defied the odds that told him to abandon his dream of ever becoming a recognized citizen.

Fadi’s message is beautifully simple, yet profoundly impactful. It echoes long after his tale is told: “If an ordinary person like me can persevere against the relentless odds stacked against me, just imagine the boundless possibilities that await you in a land of opportunities like Australia.”

Narrated by a gifted and charismatic speaker, his journey, though unimaginably arduous, shines as a beacon of hope and an ultimate triumph of the human spirit.

 What your audience will learn…

Resilience Defies the Impossible:. When faced with insurmountable odds, unwavering determination can pave the way to success.

Embrace the Power of Hope: Fadi’s unwavering belief in the possibility of a better future is a testament to the transformative power of hope.

Challenge the Status Quo: Fadi’s life challenges the idea that circumstances define your destiny. He shows that it’s possible to rewrite your life’s story, even when the world says otherwise.

Turn Obstacles into Steppingstones: Obstacles are not roadblocks; they are opportunities for growth. Fadi’s journey demonstrates how adversity can become a catalyst for personal development and achievement.

Believe in Yourself: Fadi’s transformation from a stateless person to an empowered individual underscores the importance of self-belief.

Unite for a Common Purpose: The support Fadi received from Talents Beyond Boundaries and the Accenture demonstrates the incredible impact of individuals and organizations coming together for a common cause.

Embrace Diversity: Fadi’s journey to a foreign land teaches us the value of diversity. Embracing different backgrounds and perspectives enriches our lives and opens doors to new opportunities.


“10 out of 10…. Fadi absolutely exceeded our expectations. Fadi’s story is remarkable and he delivered it with passion and a side of humor which allowed him to connect really well to the audience. We had great feedback about his journey from those that attended and was definitely a highlight from the two days.
DIAGEO Australia

 “He was amazing! Everyone loved him. One colleague told me he was the best speaker she’s ever heard, and others were crying at hearing his story. Absolutely fantastic, thank you so much for connecting is and making it happen.
Victorian Government Department

One of the most inspirational and motivating talks I have ever heard, very grateful!”

Fadi was so inspirational and awesome! His story truly made me think about my life and I really learned from him and was reminded of so many things from the way he dealt with all those experiences in his life. We need more speakers like this.”

“I truly appreciated Fadi’s story and was absolutely stunned by what I had heard, I wanted to engage in the conversation but was truly stunned. I feel that Fadi has given me strength to persevere in my endeavours, and feel that he has really put things into perspective. Absolute champion he is!”

“It was the best way to end the day. So inspirational and eye opening”
Western Sydney University – Comments from staff

“Not only is Fadi’s story profound and touching on a personal level, but the topics and themes are all topical. His innate charisma is an added gift to anyone fortunate enough to hear him speak”
Nadi Sha – Film maker, Director and Writer

“I had the privilege to hear Fadi tell his life story.  Fadi is an engaging speaker, who narrates with compassion and humor.  Though a tale that includes much sorrow, his journey is ultimately a tale of hope, and an example of the triumph of the human spirit over significant adversity.  To listen to him speak, is to share in an uplifting experience. I would without hesitation recommend Fadi as a speaker”
Addisons Lawyers

“Young and old were inspired and amazed by what he has achieved despite the massive obstacles. I recommend Fadi speaking at your next event to leave your guest feeling inspired and motivated, an enjoy an event they will never forget”
Gabrielle Warren Smith



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