Esmael Omar is a Kenyan social entrepreneur and an international development professional with over a decade of experience with specialization gender, women’s health, SRHR, VAWG, and GBV. Avidly passionate about improving the quality of health of women and their children through strategic building and capacity development, he has been able to establish meaningful relationships with relevant stakeholders.
Esmael currently sits as the President of the newly formed Global Youth Coalition to end FGM and child marriage where he provides technical support and strategic direction to various country youths in over 80 countries across the globe.
Before this time, Esmael has previously served as the Country Lead in Kenya for The Girl Generation (TGG), where he contributed immensely to the scaling up of social change communication. As a seasoned social entrepreneur with an experience streak on his resume, his passion for working with young people birth AFYAFRICA, a small non-profit and youth-serving organization that is geared at improving health and self-sufficiency among underserved youth. This initiative won the 2009 MTV “Staying Alive” award in recognition of its creative approach to fighting and preventing HIV/AIDS in his community.
Esmael holds bachelor’s and master of arts degrees in international relations from United States International University — Africa. He is a 2010 Sexuality Leadership Development Fellow (Lagos, Nigeria), Jeanne Sauvé Fellow (Montreal, Canada), and 2016 Community Solutions Program Fellow (New York, United States).