Yemeni Alumnus Appointed to UN Youth Advisory Board

Farea al-Muslimi, an alum of several AMIDEAST programs, was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon to the new UN Advisory Group of Experts for the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security. The appointment, which took place in August 2016, is just the latest in a string of achievements for Farea.

Farea spent a year of high school in California on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program—a year that he calls “one of the richest and best” of his life―and the completed his undergraduate studies at the American University of Beirut on a scholarship through the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)’s Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program. But the true turning point in his life, he says, was when he received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to study English at AMIDEAST/Sanaa for a year.

“My life changed forever in the ninth grade, when I came to Sanaa to study English for one year at AMIDEAST. This grant opened doors to other opportunities, which have allowed me to see the world beyond my village and feel that I can have an impact,” he told AMIDEAST.

Since his graduation from AUB in 2013, Farea has realized global acclaim for his work as an activist, writer, and contributor to international media. He was the first Yemeni and youngest individual to speak before the U.S. Senate and, in 2013, became the second Yemeni and second-youngest individual ever to be named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s Top Global Thinkers.