Speaking in her audition video for the BBC One reality show, Hossaini claimed that her upbringing in Iran would help her stand out from the rest of the contestants vying for a £250,000 investment from Lord Sugar.
"What makes me different from other candidates is that I come from a different upbringing," she said. "I've come from a different way of thinking. I was born amid war in Iran - our neighbours were bombed and we fled.
"I've been held at gunpoint in my own home. I've been kidnapped. I've had all sorts of different experiences."
The 26-year-old candidate currently works for a global youth consultancy business, which she founded. She also claims to have worked alongside Al Gore, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama.
The Apprentice returns on Tuesday, May 10 at 9pm on BBC One.
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Watch Melody Hossaini's audition video: