Emi Mahmoud

Poet, Activist, Founder | UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador

“She has debated with presidents, been comforted by the Dalai Lama, and been called one of the world’s most inspiring women – but it’s as a poet that Emtithal Mahmoud truly shines.“ – The Guardian – From Refugee, to Ivy Woman, to World Champion Poet, and now Goodwill Ambassador— 24 year old Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud continuously advocates for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over through her poetry, and incredible experience.  In 2017, she hosted the first fully inclusive civilian peace talks across Sudan as part of her One Girl Walk and Dreams for Peace Initiative. In 2018, she completed an unprecedented 1000km (620mile) walk in 30 days from Darfur to Khartoum, mobilizing thousands of people along the way. The newly published author has repeatedly moved audiences to tears—and to their feet— atContinue readingEmi’s Story

Revolutionary

Named one of BBC's 100 Most Inspirational Women, Emi co-founded an international research initiative and has worked with President Obama, the UNHCR, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, The Institute for Inclusive Security, Gates Grand Challenges, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and more.

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Activism

Emi uses grass-roots activism to organize, motivate, and mobilize thousands toward change across the world. From her landmark civilian peace talks, to multiple field missions with the UN Refugee Agency and more, Emi has become an expert on catalyzing change.

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Advocacy

A riveting keynote & unforgettable voice, Emi has spoken at several high-level events, including the World Bank Human Development Forum, BT Global Sales Kick-off, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Forbes 30 Under 30, The Women’s Forum, TED, UNGA and more.

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Named one of BBC's 100 Most Inspirational Women, Emi cci-founded an international research initiative and has worked with President Obama, the UNHCR, the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, The Institute for Inclusive Security, Gates Grand Challenges, The American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and more.

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Emi uses grass-roots activism to organize, motivate, and mobilize thousands toward change across the world. From her landmark civilian peace talks, to multiple field missions with the UN Refugee Agency and more, Emi has become an expert on catalyzing change.

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A riveting keynote & unforgettable voice, Emi has spoken at several high-level events, including the World Bank Human Development Forum, BT Global Sales Kick-off, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Forbes 30 Under 30, The Women’s Forum, TED, UNGA and more.

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Find out how Emi "shook the world":

“She has debated with presidents, been comforted by the Dalai Lama, and been called one of the world’s most inspiring women – but it’s as a poet that Emtithal Mahmoud truly shines.“ —The Guardian

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World Champion
Goodwill Ambassador
Author

Emi walked 1000km (620 miles) in 30 days, for peace, mobilizing thousands along the way.

Emi has Received standing Ovations from The Dalai Lama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, The World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and countless global audiences. Event: BT Kick-off
Emi has Received standing Ovations from The Dalai Lama, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, The World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30, Prime Minister Gordon Brown and countless global audiences. Event: BT Kick-off

Her newly published book, Sisters' Entrance is now available worldwide.

"Love is the armor we carried across the borders of our

broken homeland."Emi Mahmoud from Sisters' Entrance   

"Love is the armor we carried across the borders of our broken homeland."Emi Mahmoud from Sisters' Entrance   

Book Cover Sisters' Entrance

Want the book?

Check out our book page, the tour, or buy it here

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The cover art was also done by Emi Mahmoud, including color scheme and the original portrait featured above. The quote "I wish this skin had come with instructions" is from her poem "The Colors we Ascribe" and is featured on the inside cover of Sisters' Entrance.

An Unforgettable Voice

"When your very existence is an act of defiance, live."Emi Mahmoud

from Sisters' Entrance   

 

"When your

   very existence

        is an act of

   defiance,

             live."

Emi Mahmoud

         from Sisters' Entrance   

Named one of BBC's 100 Most Inspirational Women

Emi is available for a select number of speaking engagements, discussions, panels and meetings to inspire, invigorate, motivate and inform audiences as a continued advocate for the refugee cause and disadvantaged communities the world over.

Each year, she has spoken at several high-level events including the World Economic Forum in Davos (2018), Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017), The UN General Assembly (2016), and The World Bank World Refugee Day Meeting (2017) where she was the youngest person and only woman on her panel of world leaders and top level advocates for refugees.

For more on Emi's work and appearances, please see the Media page.

Emi in the Press

See Emi's historic walk for peace across Sudan—  peace talks, videos and more.