"Nhial Deng, 22 years old, was born in Ethiopia and moved to the Kakuma refugee camp in 2010 after fleeing an armed attack on his village in Ethiopia. His father originally comes from South Sudan and settled in Western Ethiopia after fleeing Sudan's brutal civil war nearly half a century ago.
He is passionate about the Sustainable Development Goals as a key to transforming our world and his work revolves around advocacy, quality education, peacebuilding, research, policy-making, mental health, human rights, youth empowerment (digital skills), gender equality, and social entrepreneurship.
He heads the Refugee Youth Peace Ambassadors,a refugee youth-led initiative in Kakuma which works towards promoting peaceful co-existence between different communities in the camp and empowering young people as peacebuilders and social entrepreneurs. He is also an Education Consultant for Kakuma Innovation Lab Schooland a member of the Amala's Youth Advisory Group.
Nhial does a lot of advocacy on refugee issues and has spoken at several forums including the UNHCR twelfth High Commissioner’s Dialogue on Protection Challenges.He is also involved in several initiatives and youth networks including the Global Changemakers(2019), ONE Campaign Champions for East Africa(2020), and Women Deliver Young Leaders Program (Class of 2020)."