Yusuf is a Kenyan diplomat, journalist and serving Member of Parliament. He began his career as a journalist, working for major Kenyan and international news agencies before joining the UN. He worked for UNHCR in Geneva, was assigned to various different diplomatic postings around the world and rose to become Director of IRIN. Hassan was elected to the Kenyan Parliament in 2011. In 2012, he was wounded in a grenade attack in Nairobi and was re-elected while recuperating in hospital. He continues relentlessly advocate for tolerance, human rights, social justice and equality.
“Poverty is a silent war. We cannot have peace in the midst of inequality and injustices. Tackling poverty is a daunting task with no easy answers. I’m encouraged every day by the little miracles of change that I see around me.”