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Abdallatif Ali

2024 Cohort

Fellowship Type:

Applicant Led

Hometown:

Portsudan City, Sudan

Fellowship Location:

Portsudan City, Sudan

What inspired you to join Mountaintop?

"Joining the Mountaintop Fellowship aligns with my deep-rooted commitment to fostering positive change within communities. I am inspired by the fellowship's mission to cultivate ethical and transformative concepts and contribute to building a just and identity-conscious Sudan, and a more loving, peaceful world for all."

Abdallatif Ali is Co-Founder and Program Manager at Nirvana Cultural Foundation where he designs and implements projects that promote social cohesiveness between communities across Sudan.

Inspired by his personal experience growing up in a poor family and living in a war-affected area mostly inhabited by displaced people, Abdallatif serves as a peace builder, humanitarian, and cultural actor. His achievements to date include co-designing the National Mechanism for the protection of civilians in Sudan, and an early warning-response mechanism for West Darfur state to protect communities vulnerable to conflict. secured $400,000 in grants from USAID to implement projects strengthening social and cultural unity including establishing four libraries and culturally integrated music festivals, for which Sudan’s head of government honored the foundation with a congratulatory speech, served as a civil society leader of the Sudanese revolution. Abdallatif holds an Electrical Engineering degree from the University of Bahri in Sudan and a Master of International Cooperation from Kalu Institute in Spain.

For his fellowship, Abdallatif, who fled to Chad during the war, will return to his hometown of Portsudan City, Sudan to launch Sudan Resilience Expressions, which aims to promote peace building through conflict resolution, support artists, using creative community expressions to heal divides during the ongoing war, and preserve, display and archive culture endangered by conflict through a digital platform. Long term, Abdallatif is committed to growing his career in public service in Sudan, aiming to build national cohesion to foster peace, stability, and long term flourishing.

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