Mohamed Ali, Executive Director
Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali is a Somali-American peace strategist, human rights activist and social entrepreneur that works to promote peace in conflict-affected countries. His passion is on using entrepreneurship, especially among youth populations, as a tool to alleviate poverty and promote development in Somalia and other conflict-affected countries. He believes that transformative entrepreneurship can accelerate peace and stability in war-torn countries.
Mohamed is the founder of the Iftiin Foundation, an organization that incubates social entrepreneurs, young leaders and their groundbreaking projects to accelerate peace in post-conflict countries starting with his native Somalia. By harnessing the inherent creativity and dynamism of entrepreneurs and connecting them with the resources, support and skill sets to take control of their lives, Iftiin is creating an entrepreneurship revolution that will create jobs, drive sustainable development and promote peace.
Mohamed has received widespread recognition for his work with Iftiin. In 2010, Secretary Hillary Clinton recognized Mohamed as an exceptional young Muslim leader and in 2012 he spoke alongside Secretary Clinton on affecting change in the Muslim world. In 2012 The BMW Foundation recognized Mohamed as a rising young leader and he participated in the Europe-Africa Young Leaders Forum in Namibia. In 2013 he was recognized as a leader in the development sector by the Aspen Institute and selected to join the inaugural New Voices Fellowship, a partnership between the Aspen Institute and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Mohamed holds a J.D. from Boston College of Law and B.A. in International Business from The Ohio State University.