Ummul Choudhury, Co-Founder and CEO, Capoeira4Refugees
Ummul Choudhury is co-founder of Capoeira4Refugees, an international charity using the unique Brazilian artform of capoeira to work with vulnerable young people in areas of conflict. She founded social capoeira programmes in Palestine, in Syria and with Syrian refugees.
Ummul has been recognised for her humanitarian and development work, by the Asian Women of Achievement Awards, and Ogunte Women’s awards. She is a guest lecturer on humanitarian and development issues, and speaks on the wider issues surrounding young people, conflict and the vital place of mental health and wellbeing through sport in these contexts. Capoeira4Refugees’ work is frequently covered in international media.
Ummul has a Masters Degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies, speaks Arabic, Hindi, Bengali as well as her native English. She is also a keen sportswoman: as well as playing capoeira she is a kickboxer, climber, and gym-goer.