Why you should listen
Emtithal "Emi" Mahmoud is the reigning 2015 Individual World Poetry Slam Champion and 2016 Woman of the World Co-champion. One of BBC's 100 Most Inspirational Women of 2015, Mahmoud studied anthropology and molecular, cellular amd developmental biology at Yale University and is a Darfur native from the heart of Philadelphia.
A UNHCR High Profile Supporter, a Yale Global Health Fellow and Leonore Annenberg Scholar, Mahmoud dedicates her time to spreading understanding through poetry and advocacy, particularly for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over. A closing speaker for Yale University's 2016 graduation ceremony, Mahmoud has part-taken in multiple White House round-table discussions, including a session with President Obama and has presented at multiple United Nations events, opening and closing for the Secretary General. In December 2016, she spoke at the Laureates and Leaders Summit in New Delhi and launched the 100 Million for 100 Million child advocacy campaign alongside the Dalai Lama, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, Kailash Satyarthi and 14 other Nobel laureates and Leaders. A member of the Philanthropy Age "How to Do Good" speaking tour and a Hedgebrook writing fellow, Mahmoud has entered profound spaces across countless audiences -- spanning four continents in person and the entire international community digitally.