About Anwar


Dr. Anwar F.A. Dafa-Alla (Aka AnwarKing) , who translated more than 1000 TED talks into Arabic, was born in Port Sudan, Sudan in 1978.

He received his Ph.D in Computer Science from Chungbuk National University in South Korea, and also worked as the CEO of Afro-Arab Trading. At the same time, he was a professional anchor and translator for Korean Arirang TV programs broadcasting in the Middle East area.

Dafa-Alla has been doing much efforts in developing Sudanese intellectual community and reports various situation in Sudan throughout the world. He found the Sudanese researchers initiative in 2009 under the motto "The Problem and the Solution Lie Within YOU ". He is known as an intellectual in Action in Sudan since he co-founded Sudan Developers Association back in 2002 and Sudan Olympiad in Informatics in 2003.
He believes that the developed countries should provide Education and technological knowledge to developing countries rather than financial help.

Currently he works as an Assistant professor , and Head of the Information Technology department, Garden City college for Science and Technology, Khartoum, Sudan and organizing TEDxKhartoum conference.

Dafa-Alla gave a TEDtalk (University talk) during TEDGlobal 2012 about his constant inspiration to translate this massive amount of TEDTalks: "Why I translate" .

Read more about me at TED BLOG: Meet Anwar Dafa-Alla
& The Our Sudan short film http://blog.ted.com/2013/06/25/tedxkhartoums-our-sudan-video-inspires-a-new-generation-of-sudanese-youth/
My TEDx Yonsei Talk: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67DwZ6Tb0JY (A letter from Sudan).

TEDxSeoul Talk November 2010 - Anour F.A. Dafa-Alla -
I am a TED Volunteer Translator
TEDxBerlin Talk (Crossing Borders)http://www.tedxberlin.de/the-speakers-of-tedxberlin-2012-crossing-borders , a summary about the talk: http://ftmf.info/2012/11/23/idea-of-the-day-cross-some-borders/ and took the stage of TEDxAmsterdam to share some insights about organizing TEDx events in Sudan. http://www.tedxamsterdam.com/2012/surprise-guest-anwar-dafa-alla/
And he spoke at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013 (Start Now) in Washington D.C. in October 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLOkrJx9vr4 And recently he spoke at TEDxBeaconStreet (March 29, 2014) on what he call the Internet prisons.


Arabic, English, Korean

TED Conferences

TEDGlobal 2013, TEDGlobal 2012, TEDActive 2012, TEDGlobal 2011, TEDActive 2010

Areas of Expertise

translation, Team Building & Group Development, Event Management, Community building, data mining, Privacy/Encryption, multidisciplinary research, Inspirational leadership, Action Group Facilitator, Entrapeneur

An idea worth spreading

Every time there is new one! Ask me and I'm happy to share one based on the context :)

I'm passionate about

Learning, Love and Finding and providing opportunities to needy people.

Talk to me about

About your purpose of life... Why you're here and will you want to continue the journey?

People don't know I'm good at

Moving on , forget and let go ....

My TED story

My DB/Bioinformatics lab mate (Ibrahim Musa) sent me a link to "Peter Donnelly shows how stats fool juries" talk as we were researching Data Mining related stuff. Later I watched the next Einstein is African talk by "Neil Turok". I fall in love to this place "TED" and was more than glad to find a way to participate actively in translating TED talks into Arabic and Share them . So, Yes We Can.

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Anwar Dafa-Alla
Posted over 1 year ago
Our TEDxKhartoum 2013 theme is ""Knowledge Into Action". We are asking how can we put together some scenes or images to visualize our theme?
See the TEDxKhartoum 2013 event registration : http://tedxkhartoum.com/site/contributions-explained-tedxkhartoum-2013-knowldge-into-action/#comment-92 We asked our attendees to donate/contribute "Knowledge" instead of the traditional way of ticket->seat In this Animation, developed by our video production team, the explain how these contributions will help enriching the Sudanese content over Internet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYzkl95z8ek Br
Anwar Dafa-Alla
Posted over 1 year ago
Our TEDxKhartoum 2013 theme is ""Knowledge Into Action". We are asking how can we put together some scenes or images to visualize our theme?
Hi Bob, Thank you for the good wishes. This film project (based on TEDxKhartoum 2012 talk), will be launched at our event, please take a look here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1551224532/our-sudan-a-short-film-to-inspire-a-new-generation We are doing our best to help our friends change their mindset about the people (country). And to avoid the danger of a single story, you saw that talk, didn't you? Br
Anwar Dafa-Alla
Posted over 1 year ago
Our TEDxKhartoum 2013 theme is ""Knowledge Into Action". We are asking how can we put together some scenes or images to visualize our theme?
Thanks my friend Tudor for the prompt response. I remember listening to Ramy Nasser (TEDxWaterloo) during the TEDxSummit talking about the transition of TEDx itself from 1- Inspiration to 2- Networking (happened at the Summit for the TEDx community itself), to 3- Taking Actions right now. I deeply thought about what "Actions" might be?