Kot Monoah, a Sudanese refugee, followed his dream of becoming a solicitor and community mentor.
"War has been a humbling experience. At just four years of age my family was forced to flee our home. I lived in horrific conditions at Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya for 12 years.
I arrived in Australia in 2004 and embrace the opportunities that Australia provides to its new comers.
I enrolled at Victoria University in foundation studies. The course coordinator was so supportive. I sought career advice and decided to pursue law.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Laws, I took on a summer clerkship at Slaters. Just two weeks later I was offered a permanent role as a lawyer at the firm's Sunshine office in Melbourne.
I have gone from learning the alphabet in refugee camps by drawing figures in the soil to being a lawyer at one of Australia's leading law firms. I hope my achievements can inspire many other refugees to reach their goals."