Abdinasir Nur (Finalist)

Believing that youth hold the key to transforming his country, in 2004 Abdinasir founded what is now known as “Somali Youth for Peace and Development” (SYPD), a national nonprofit organization. Abdinasir recognizes that peace is not likely to be achieved in Somalia until more people are able to meet their needs for basic livelihoods, food, water, and sanitation. “We work to address the root causes of conflict in my country which are ignorance and poverty,” he says. “To do so, we provide assistance to the poorest and most marginalized people.”

Website: www.sypd.org