Emi Mahmoud

Poet and Author, UNHCR goodwill ambassador

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador and World Champion Poet, Emtithal (Emi) Mahmoud advocates for refugees and disadvantaged communities worldwide. Named one of BBC’s 100 Most Inspirational Women, Emi co-founded a Sickle Cell research initiative at age 19. She’s since worked with President Obama, the Dalai Lama, the World Bank, and more. Emi has moved audiences at the UN General Assembly, The World Economic Forum, Forbes 30 Under 30, and countless high-level events. The Sudanese-American author of Sisters’ Entrance graduated from Yale in 2016. In 2018, she walked 1000km for peace in Sudan, mobilizing thousands of people across the way.