Karissa JohnsonJune 17, 2018
H. Dele Davies, MD, MSc, MHCMJune 24, 2018
Social Entrepreneur, Founder of Inua Naturals & Community Fellow, UNICEF USA
Abir is a Sudanese-American dynamic change-maker, community organizer, and thought leader on international and economic development, African affairs, women’s empowerment, youth leadership, and global health.
As UNICEF USA's community engagement fellow, Abir partners with leading influencers, organizations, and communities to support the world's most vulnerable children. Before UNICEF, she worked for a variety of public and private institutions, including UNICEF in Sudan, the U.S. Peace Corps, and World Learning, and she led major PEPFAR and USAID-funded projects.
In response to the gender-poverty gap and high rates of malnutrition in the region, Abir established Inua Naturals, a for-profit focused on women’s economic development, while at the same time solving the issue of childhood malnutrition in East Africa. She also serves on the board of directors for South Sudan Food Relief, a not-for-profit organization led by the Lost Boys of Sudan to strengthen economies and food security in South Sudan.
Abir has an academic grounding in biological psychology and a master's in public health. She's been featured in the African Business Magazine, AllAfrica, HuffPost, The Guardian, and other media outlets.
As someone who was born and raised during a civil war in the northern part of Sudan and who has lived and traveled in over 22 countries, Abir enjoys utilizing her multilingualism and personal and professional experiences to advocate, connect, and empower underserved communities.