Aminata Conteh-Biger is an Australian author and performer who is the Founder and CEO of a non-profit organisation, The Aminata Maternal Foundation.
Aminata was born in Sierra Leone, growing up in Freetown. Following her kidnap, imprisonment and subsequent release by rebel soldiers during the 11-year civil war, Aminata became one of the first Sierra Leonean refugees to be settled in Australia.
She went on to become a wife and mother, alongside working in the fashion industry and as a performer in the acclaimed Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe stage production.
In 2014, Aminata started The Aminata Maternal Foundation in order to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children in Sierra Leone.
Her biography, Rising Heart, with Juliet Rieden, is published in May 2020 by Pan Macmillan Australia.