The Global Enrichment Foundation
The Global Enrichment Foundation is an incorporated non-profit organization which was founded in May 2010 to provide opportunities for women to empower themselves through education, health, wellness and economic opportunities.
In 2008 Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia as a freelance journalist to research a story on the millions of people affected by two decades of war, drought and famine. Three days after arriving in the country, she was kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the capital city, Mogadishu, Lindhout spent 460 days as a hostage in one of the world's poorest countries. Following her release in November 2009, she became an unlikely and passionate advocate for a peaceful future in Somalia. Only four months after returning home, Lindhout founded the Global Enrichment Foundation to ignite leadership in Somalia through sustainable development initiatives.
No longer a journalist, Lindhout has advised international Governments, non-profits, business leaders and policy makers on the importance of using education to counter the radicalization of youth and provides insight onto the interrelated issues of poverty and violence against women.
She has been featured in ELLE magazine and appeared on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, CTV's Canada AM, CBC's The National, Radio Canada International, BBC, MSNBC, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international speaking about her humanitarian mission in Somalia.
Lindhout studied Development Leadership at the Coady International Institute at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Aurelia Uarsama is a Somali feminist whose aim is to empower women through education. Born in Somalia and now living in Canada, Uarsama has a Masters Degree in Sociology from the University of Bologna in Italy. While there, she wrote a thesis titled Education in Somalia: Changes and Gender Differentiation. Uarsama is a passionate activist and one of the co-founders of Sisters for Change, a non-profit organization comprised of leading experts in Somali issues pertaining to women’s integration and empowerment. Sisters for Change uses multidisciplinary approaches to resolving issues and shares their expertise with federal, provincial and local governments in Canada. In addition to dedicating herself to volunteer work in Somali communities, she has also participated in a research project conducted by the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Alberta dealing with social support services for African immigrants and refugees in Alberta. A member of Canadian Association of African Studies (CAAS), she is currently enrolled at the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, working on her M. Ed Degree. Her areas of research include empowering women and bridging capital to facilitate women integration in Canadian social fabric; African tertiary education and its role in creating favourable conditions to counter complex social and environmental issues in African countries; higher education in Africa and globalization.
As the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress, Ahmed Hussen is deeply committed to the Canadian Somali community. Regarded as an expert in Somali affairs, Hussen is regularly asked by the national media to comment on issues facing the community and the peace process in Somalia. Hussen has always demonstrated a keen interest in improving the community around him.
Hussen was the founder of the Regent Park Community Council in Toronto, which is the official voice of the residents on matters like the $500 million revitalization and redevelopment project in Regent Park. This Project is the largest urban public housing redevelopment project in Canada. His success as a community activist was recognized by the Toronto Star newspaper on January 1st, 2004 as one of ten individuals in Toronto who have made substantial contributions in a number of important fields. He was also awarded a Queen's Jubilee medal and the Ontario Non-Profit Housing Authority Award for his effective advocacy work in Regent Park. Ahmed is involved with the Canadian International Peace Project as its Director of Communications. He has served Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty as a special assistant in charge of issues management, communications and policy.
Under Hussen's guidance, the Canadian Somali Congress has partnered with the Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian International Peace Project to create the Canadian Somali-Jewish Mentorship Project. This is the first national project in Canada between the Jewish community and a large Muslim community.
Hussein Ahmed Warsame, PhD, CGA
Dr. Hussein Warsame is the Chair of the Accounting Area at the Haskayne School of Business, University of Calgary and the Certified General Accountants (CGA) Faculty Fellow. He holds a BSc in Chemistry from Somali National University, an MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from California State University - Fresno and a PhD in Management with a major in Accounting and Taxation from University of Calgary. Dr. Warsame joined the University of Calgary in 2000. Prior to that, he was a faculty member in the John Molson School of Business of Concordia University in Montreal for 5 years. He also taught in universities in Somalia, the US, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, and Peru. His teaching interests are in taxation and financial accounting. In addition to the undergraduate programs, Dr. Warsame taught students in MBA, Executive MBA, Aviation MBA, and Energy MBA programs. He also supervises PhD candidates in accounting.
He is a winner of the University of Calgary Student Union Teaching Excellence Award (Honorable mention 2008), the 2007 Chartered Accountants' Education Foundation Teaching Excellence Prize, the 2002 Chartered Accountants' Education Foundation Teaching Award and the 2002 - 2003 Haskayne School of Business Commerce Undergraduate Society Teaching Excellence Award.
Prizes won by Dr. Warsame’s research include the Vernon K. Zimmerman Best Paper Award presented by the Center for International Education and Research in Accounting in 1999.
Dr. Warsame served in the Editorial Review Boards of several accounting and business journals, including the Journal of Business Research(JBR), and Accounting Education - An International Journal. He serves as a reviewer for several accounting journals. He also serves as board member in several organizations such the Canadian Academic Accounting Association (CAAA), and the Integrated Post-Secondary Education Society of Alberta (IPSE).
Ben Parsons was born in Kelowna, Canada and has worked in Canadian politics and activism for most of his career. Studying Communications and Political Science at Thompson Rivers University, Ben worked his way through school as a legal researcher at a criminal law firm.
His love of public affairs and activism soon brought him to the world of political campaigning and community organizing, working in virtually every role of grassroots politics. After a few years in Vancouver, Ben moved to Ottawa to work at the Liberal Party of Canada's national headquarters. Ben was eventually hired by the Office of the Leader of the Opposition's strategic communications department. He has worked at central HQ for two federal election campaigns, filling a variety of research and communications roles.
Ben has worked with numerous private and non-profit clients, developing and implementing both traditional and social media communications strategies. He currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario.
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