Meet Ilwad, the 27 year old who has just been appointed a member of the advisory group of experts on youth, peace and security by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Before this honorary moment, Ilwad has been at the helm of the Elman Peace and Human Rights Center a non-governmental organization based in Mogadishu Somalia. Elman peace was founded by her mother, Executive Director, Fartuun Adan in memory of her late husband Elman Ali Ahmed a peace activist. She also helps run Sister Somalia which is a subsidiary of Elman peace and is the first program in Somalia to assist victims of gender based violence. Not only is she beautiful but her humanitarian work has earned her respect and recognition amongst her peers and she has inspired many with her achievements at such a young age. Whether in a burqa or showing off her long neck and short haircut, this lady could pass for a high fashion model that would remind you of Iman in her hey days. She is everything a confident, driven and influential role model should be.
Check out the video below as she speaks on Elman Peace, war torn Somalia and her thoughts on how to change the world.