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, Emi studied Anthropology and Molecular Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University and is a Darfur native from the heart of Philadelphia. A UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, a Yale Global Health Fellow and Leonore Annenberg Scholar, Emi dedicates her time to spreading understanding through poetry and advocacy, particularly for the cause of refugees and disadvantaged communities the world over.
She was a TedMed 2016 speaker, the closing speaker for Yale University’s 2016 graduation ceremony, and has partaken in multiple White House round-table discussions, including a session with President Obama.
She has presented at multiple United Nations’ events, opening and closing for the Secretary General. In December, she spoke at the Laureates and Leaders Summit in New Delhi to help launch the historical 100 Million child advocacy campaign alongside the Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi and 14 other Nobel Laureates and Leaders. In February, Emi completed a 1000km (620mile) walk in 30 days across Sudan, spreading peace through poetry as thousands joined her on the way. She is a Hedgebrook Writing Fellow and powerful advocate for refugees, entering profound spaces across countless audiences worldwide.