Mohamed Ali is a peace activist and human rights lawyer who works on developing cutting-edge ideas and solutions to foster peace, violence prevention and sustainable development in fragile and conflict affected states. Born in Mogadishu, he has especially worked hard to create innovative programs that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity in Africa.
As the founding Director of the Iftiin Foundation, he has led a global movement of entrepreneurs, peace activists, national security and political leaders working to promote entrepreneurship as a tool for peace by turning unemployed, youth living in poverty into social change agents and entrepreneurs. He has trained and supported young entrepreneurs to encourage a culture of change and innovation in his country of birth Somalia and throughout Africa. In 2010, then Secretary Hillary Clinton recognized Mr. Ali for his work as a leader in the sector and in 2012 he spoke alongside Secretary Clinton on affecting change in the Muslim world and combating terrorism.
Mohamed is a prolific writer and has published articles in Time Magazine, The New York Times, Harvard International Review, The Guardian and other international print media. His commentary and analysis on global issues are regularly featured on television and radio, including on CNN, BBC and NPR. He is also an influential speaker, whose talk on the TED Stage has nearly one million views.
Mohamed has been globally recognized for his work. He has been honored by the BMW Foundation as a global innovator, the Aspen Institute as a development leader and in 2014 was appointed a Salzburg Global Fellow, alongside such notable leaders as Kofi Annan and Kim Yong Kim.