Amanda Lindhout is an internationally recognized humanitarian, public speaker, writer and activist. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Global Enrichment Foundation, she has raised millions of dollars to support development in Somalia - the country where she once spent 460 days as a hostage.
While working as a freelance journalist in the summer of 2008, Amanda was kidnapped by teenage criminals outside of the country's capital city, Mogadishu. Following her release in November 2009, she became an unlikely and passionate advocate for the people of Somalia. Four months after returning home, Amanda founded the Global Enrichment Foundation to ignite leadership in Somalia through education and economic initiatives.
Amanda advises 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.
As a women's rights activist, Amanda travels the world promoting gender equality. The university scholarship program she founded in Somalia has been heralded as one of the most successful in East Africa.
Amanda has been featured on the pages of publications including ELLE, Canadian Living and The Globe and Mail and has appeared on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Sanjay Gupta MD, NBC Nightly News, BBC, MSNBC, CTV's Canada AM, CBC's The National, Radio Canada International, and a variety of other TV and radio programs both domestic and international.
She divides her time between Alberta, Canada and Nairobi, Kenya.
Sara Corbett has worked as a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 2001, writing about everything from the plight of Sudanese refugees in the U.S., to child-trafficking in Cambodia, and the life and times of world’s best 12-year-old baseball pitcher.
Her work has also appeared in Elle, Outside, O: The Oprah Magazine, Esquire, New York, Mother Jones, Travel and Leisure, The Times of London, and National Geographic, as well as in numerous anthologies.
Sara's writing has been nominated three times for National Magazine Awards, including a 2009 nomination for feature writing, for her story on Carl Jung’s secret “Red Book.” She is also the author of Venus to the Hoop, a narrative account of the gold-medal-winning 1996 women’s Olympic basketball team (Doubleday).