Fatou Wurie is an international development specialist with over a decade's worth of experience at the nexus of health, innovation and gender. She is founder of The Survivor Dream Project, a local nonprofit organization that provides holistic support to women and youth survivors of trauma in Sierra Leone. She currently works for UNICEF HQ on Innovative Solutions for Gender Equality
Wurie is a graduate of Public Policy from the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government where she studied as the first African Governance Initiative Scholar. Fatou is an Abshire-Inamori Leadership Academy (AILA) International Fellow, a NEXTe Award Recipient for 'Young Professional of the Year 2016' and a 2016 Illumessence Community Builder National Women's Award Honoree. She was selected by the African Women's Development Fund to participate in the African Women’s Writers Workshop for Social Change in Uganda, and by the Mo Ibrahim Governance Conference as a Next Generation Leader. Her work is featured across numerous media platforms including, the Huffington Post, Forbes, MamaYe Campaign, the UNICEF Innovations Blog, Amnesty International's Digital Blog, The Journalist, and The Africa Report’s ‘Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People’ section.
Fatou has spoken on a wide range of gender and health issues such as African women narratives, women's rights, sexual reproductive health and mental health, and has taken part in a number of speaking engagements like The Moth in NY, Boston and London, Delta Sigma Theta UN Days at the ECOSOC chambers, UNICEF's Innovation Summit in Helsinki, the Red Cross Humanitarian Conference in Geneva, the Oxford-Africa Conference as the Youth Keynote speaker, FORWARD UK. She regularly represents her nonprofit organization at Diaspora workshops for humanitarian action and mobilization across Europe.
Fatou is passionate about building human capital, especially that of people in the global south and women and girls. An avid writer-blogger and photographer, Fatou considers herself an artist at heart. She uses her personal experiences as the source to curate audio and/or visual stories that speak to building global connections, journeying mental well being & documenting the empowerment of people of color.