Haleemah Oladamade Ahmad was most recently a senior research associate and chief editor with the Da’wah Institute, part of the Islamic Education Trust in Nigeria. She is part of a team that compiled and responded to more than 200 narratives and arguments used for recruitment into violent extremist groups in the Lake Chad Basin. Haleemah has facilitated advocacy sessions focused on eliminating violence against women and girls, doing so from an Islamic perspective.
As a young peacebuilder and human rights defender, Haleemah has shared her experiences internationally, including at the Carter Center in the United States, and her work has been published in an essay collection by the Tony Blair Institute for Change. As a fellow of the Cardinal Onaiyekan Foundation for Peace, Haleemah worked with youth leaders on reducing electoral violence during the 2019 general elections in Nigeria. She is passionate about gender justice, interreligious peacebuilding, and preventing violent extremism carried out in the name of religion. As a master of global affairs student, Haleemah is the recipient of a Kroc Institute Fellowship.