Sumeja Skaka is from Sarajevo in Bosnia.
After completing her SACE Certificate at Adelaide High School, she returned to Bosnia to study Arabic Language and Literature at the University of Sarajevo, then completed a Bachelor of Arts in International studies at the University of South Australia.
She also has a Diploma in Islamic Sciences from the Al Ghazzali Centre for Islamic Sciences and Human Development and is founder and director of the Islamic educational institution ‘Ayn Academy in Adelaide.
Sumeja is fluent in Bosnian, Serbian and Croatian, is a cross-cultural training volunteer with the Muslim Women’s Association of South Australia, a member of the Migrant Resource Centre of South Australia’s Youth Network and a volunteer with Amnesty International.
In 2006, she was named as Youth of the Year in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.
She is a former Committee Member of the Muslim youth organisation Youthemerged.