Fatou Wurie is an international development specialist with close to a decade worth of experience at the nexus of health, innovation and gender. She is founder of The Survivor Dream Project, a local nonprofit organization that advocate pyschosocial support for women and youth survivors of trauma in Sierra Leone. She currently works at UNICEF Headquarters NY on global Innovative Solutions for reaching 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, The Africa Report’s ‘Extraordinary Lives of Ordinary People’ section and others.
Fatou has spoken on a wide range of gender and health related issues such as African women narratives, women's rights, sexual reproductive health and young women, and mental health. She 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 and others. 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 from the global south, women and girls. An avid writer-blogger and seasoned connector, Fatou considers herself an artist at heart. She uses her personal experiences as the source to create and curate audio and/or visual stories that speak to building global connections, African women's political participation and leadership, journeying mental health and advocating for better global women's health policies and interventions.