Ahmed has given speeches and conducted workshops across the world highlighting the importance of empowering youth through art and storytelling.

He has addressed he United Nations on more than ten occasions, and has shared his story and work with audiences spanning universities, governments, and international forums. In 2017, Ahmed gave his first TEDx talk at TEDxTeen in New York, entitled "From the Bomb That Visited My Home" 

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Past Engagements

  • OECD Global Forum on Development, Paris (Speaker)

  • Aspen Ideas Festival 2018 (Scholar)

  • UNAOC Plural+ Youth Film Festival, New York (Host)

  • NYU Wagner School of Public Service “A Night of Refugee Voices” (Speaker)

  • UNICEF + Purpose + Yahoo! “Break Bread. Break Barriers.” (Speaker)

  • Harvard University Dean’s Leadership Forum, Boston (Speaker)

  • Syracuse University, Nonfiction Reading Series Lecture, Empowering the Displaced (Keynote)

  • International Migrants Day, UNICEF House, New York (Panelist)

  • SAP We The Future Summit, Boston (Speaker)

  • Global Migration Film Festival, Washington, DC (Panelist)

  • We Are Family Foundation Gala, New York (Speaker)

  • United Nations: A Private Reception alongside UNSG Antonio Guterres, Ben Stiller, and Christopher Tin (Speaker)

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Goalkeepers 2017 (Goalkeeper, attendee), New York

  • United Nations: Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals (Speaker)

  • Network for Children’s Rights, Athens, Greece (Workshop presenter, x2)

  • Lighthouse Relief Youth Engagement Space at the Ritsona Refugee Camp, Ritsona, Greece (Workshop presenter, x4)

  • United Nations: International Youth Day (Moderator)

  • United Nations: Global Engagement Summit (Panelist)

  • United Nations & IBREA Foundation: Youth Resilience (Speaker and Panelist)

  • United Nations: SDG Media Zone Art and Advocacy (Panelist)

  • Wesleyan University Parent Weekend (Speaker)

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