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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Founder of AHA Foundation


AHA Foundation Founder, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is known as a women’s rights activist, champion of free speech, and best-selling author. She is also known as someone who is not afraid to speak out when she feels it necessary.

Ayaan’s journey began in Somalia in 1969 where, as a young girl, she was subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM). From very early on, she questioned the subjugation of women she saw all around her... Read more

"There are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Our Executive Team

 

Amanda Parker

Interim Executive Director



Amanda Parker, Interim Executive Director, joined the AHA Foundation in 2011 following two years as Chief of Staff for Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Ms. Parker has worked with survivors of honor violence to help them find protection, including the repatriation of a woman taken overseas for forced marriage. She has facilitated trainings on honor violence and forced marriage with guidance counselors, law enforcement, service providers and other professionals. Ms. Parker played a key role in organizing the annual John Jay College conferences for the AHA Foundation from 2011-2013. She began her career on Wall Street. Ms. Parker holds a BA in Marketing and International Business from Kansas State University.