Ummul Choudhury is the co-founder and CEO of Capoeira4Refugees, an award-winning international sports charity bringing music, laughter and play to the lives of children in war and conflict zones. The charity continues to support young people and local communities in Syria, including in territory formerly held by ISIS.
She lived and worked in Syria, Palestine and Jordan for over a decade, working with refugees and building an organisation that partnered with organisations and charities that included the United Nations and Save the Children.
Ummul speaks five languages, including English, Arabic and German. She grew up in North London to working class, Bengali Muslim immigrant parents, and attended Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Secondary School, City and Islington Sixth Form College, Queen Mary, University of London and SOAS, specialising in history and Middle East studies. Her former career was as a Middle East specialist, working with The Economist, before she left for Syria and started the sports charity. She has raised more than £1million in funding from the United Nations, Brazilian Embassy and other partners, has reached more than 100,000 children as part of her charity work, and has been recognised through numerous awards.
She is also the co-founder of Frontline Aid, an organisation dedicated to using technology to create transparent and equal relationships between people who are the victims of war and disaster, and those who are able to give money.
Ummul lives in Berlin, Germany, with her husband and two children. Her book, United Nonsense, will be available in 2020.