Abdullahi Alim

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Born20 October 1992
Somalia
NationalitySomali-Australian
Alma materSocial Innovation and Public Commentary
OccupationPolitical strategist

Abdullahi Alim (Arabic عبدالله عليم, born 20 October 1992) is a Somali-Australian economist, organizer and writer with deep knowledge in the history and science behind successful social justice movements. He currently leads The Davos Lab at the World Economic Forum.[1]

Early Life

Born at the height of the Somali civil war, Alim and his family sought asylum in Perth, Australia in 1998.[2] He graduated from the Australian Islamic College in 2009. He also studied Actuarial Science at Curtin University[3] and Finance at the University of Western Australia. [4] Alim is a Stanford Graduate School ofBusiness alumni. [5] He resides currently in Geneva, Switzerland.[6]

Career

Besides his work at the World Economic Forum, Alim sits on the Board of Trustees of The Queen’s Commonwealth Trust under the leadership of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex|Meghan Markles. Moreover, he serves on the Global Advisory Board of Apolitical Academy[7] alongside CEOs such as Axelle Lemaire, Daniella Ballou-Aares, and former politicians such as Alexander Stubb, Helen Clark, and Marietje Schaake and other leading activists seeking to support nontraditional candidates for public office.

Abdullahi originally led more than 100 youth-led movements across Africa and the Middle East as the World Economic Forum’s regional focal point for the Global Shapers Community[1]. In that role, he oversaw the governance, impact, and growth of social justice initiatives operating under challenging circumstances. Some successful campaigns were recorded at the time, such as the VisaFreeAfrica.

He currently leads The Davos Lab at the World Economic Forum, a citizen-centered policy and impact incubator for nations seeking to rebuild after the worst economic, public health, climate, and social justice crises of the current era.[8]

Alim is also a sought-after commentator represented by ICMI Speakers and Entertainers.[9] In 2020, he led public conversations with Mark Bouris AM[10], Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex|Meghan Markles [11] and served as a strategic advisor to American model and businesswoman, Beverly Johnson on a project to help embed racial equity in global fashion supply chains.[12] [13]

In 2017, Abdullahi Alim beat out Troye Sivan and Daniel Ricciardo as the Western Australia's Australian_of_the_Year#Young_Australian_of_the_Year|Young Australian of the Year Award[14] and was a finalist[15] Young Australian of the Year for 2017.[16]

Publications

Abdullahi writes for American media outlets including Foreign Policy, CNBC, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes on issues ranging from business education reform to political and social dynamics in the African subcontinent to global millennial trends.

The West’s Obsessions with Good Refugees is Bad Policy – Foreign Policy

Philanthropy Must Face a Reckoning on Race in 2021 – Forbes

Why Business Schools Can’t Return to Normal” after COVID-19– Harvard Business Review

4 Important Lessons for Next Generation Youth Activists – Forbes

No Continent for Old Men – Foreign Policy

Trade in Africa Should be Free, But Inclusive – CNBC

Awards and distinction

Membership and fellowship

• Global Shapers Community Alumni Network [17]

• IVLP|International Visitors Leadership Program – US Department of State.[18]

• Board of Trustees – Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.[19]

• Global Advisory Board – Apolitical Academy.[7]

Recognition

• WA Young Australian of the Year – National Australia Day Council. [16] [20]

• Young Leaders Award – Queen Elizabeth II[21]

• Nominee, 10 Outstanding Young Persons of the World – JCI International[22]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Abdullahi Alim". World Economic Forum.
  2. https://www.aiyd.org/aiyd-2019/delegates-2019/abdullahi-mohamoud-alim/
  3. https://blubrry.com/young_alumni/68232628/talks4change-with-abdullahi-alim-a-leader-of-the-world-economic-forums-network-of-emerging-young-leaders-across-africa-and-the-middle-east/
  4. "Abdullahi Alim". ICMI.
  5. https://www.huffpost.com/author/abdullahialim-438
  6. https://auspire.org.au/event/lunch-with-leaders-the-importance-of-global-citizenship-online/
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Advisors". Apolitical Academy Global.
  8. https://spark.adobe.com/page/QZAf2eucfblxd/
  9. https://www.huffpost.com/author/abdullahialim-438
  10. "#ShareThePlatform | Mark Bouris & Abdullahi Alim | One Love Australia" – via www.youtube.com.
  11. "QCT and The Duke and Duchess of Sussex in conversation on fairness and justice" – via www.youtube.com.
  12. "Management Team & Senior Advisors | Beverly Johnson Enterprises". beverlyjohnson.com.
  13. https://www.ecu.edu.au/news/latest-news/2016/12/wa-young-australian-of-the-year
  14. https://www.australianoftheyear.org.au/recipients/abdullahi-alim/1814/
  15. Ahmad, Mobinah (31 January 2017). "Abdullahi Alim: WA Young Australian of the Year 2017".
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Abdullahi Alim ‐ Australian of the Year". www.australianoftheyear.org.au.
  17. https://www.globalshapers.org/alumni?page=7
  18. https://www.weforum.org/people/abdullahi-alim
  19. https://www.queenscommonwealthtrust.org/team-QCT/
  20. https://www.ecu.edu.au/news/latest-news/2016/12/wa-young-australian-of-the-year
  21. "Abdullahi Alim | Queen's Young Leaders" Check |url= value (help).
  22. "Abdullahi Alim". Forum Économique Mondial.

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