Ishmael will be available to sign books after his keynote address.
Ishmael Beah, born in Sierra Leone, West Africa, is the New York Times best-selling author of A Long Way Gone,
Memoirs of a Boy Soldier and Radiance of Tomorrow. He was appointed UNICEF’s first Advocate for Children Affected by War on 20 November 2007. He pledged to give a voice and hope to children whose lives have been scarred by violence.
Mr. Beah continues his advocacy to help change the course for the thousands of children still trapped in wars. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children’s Rights Division Advisory Committee and has testified before the United States Congress. In 2007, he founded the Ishmael Beah foundation dedicated to helping children affected by war reintegrate into society and improve their lives. In 2008, he co-founded the Network of Young People Affected by War with a mission to raise awareness of the plight of children in conflict zones, advocate for an end to hostilities and provide role models for children who are currently struggling to recover from war. Ishmael Beah is also the Vice-Chair of Narrative 4, a global organization headed up by some of the world’s most renowned and influential authors, artists and community leaders who have come together to promote empathy through the exchange of stories.