Born in Somalia and based in Cairo since 2005, Hibaaq Osman is a global political strategist who has lived in Somalia, Ethiopia, Sudan, Yemen, Egypt, and the United States. Building institutions to promote peace, democracy, human rights, and women’s rights around the world, she honors local knowledge and experience. By amplifying and expanding existing initiatives, she supports instead of imports alternate ideas.
Hibaaq Osman leads three regional organizations—Karama, the Global Dignity Fund, and the Think Tank for Arab Women, and is a member of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee for Peace and Security at the League of Arab States. She serves on boards for organizations such as Ashoka Arab World, Equality Now, the Global Fund for Women (advisory council), and Africa Action, and is a Senior Fellow at the Academy for Political Leadership and Participation.
Hibaaq Osman was named one of the 500 most influential Muslims by the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University. Her vision has redefined activism and opportunity in the Arab region, putting forth a new global agenda for investing in women.