Executive Director and Founder, Narratio (03 / 2015 - Present)

  • Narratio is a platform for creative expression that seeks to alleviate childhood illiteracy by empowering youth through the publishing of poetry, photography, art and narrative. It publishes works of art from all over the globe, and hosts workshops centered around the power of storytelling and creativity.

  • Narratio.org


Fellow, Indonesia-U.S. Youth Leadership Program

(06 / 2015 - 07 / 2015)

  • During the Program, 10  U.S. students and educators  travel to Indonesia for 3 and 1/2 weeks and engage in discussions, workshops, simulations and leadership training activities, as well as educational field trips and site visits to local educational and community development organizations. In Indonesia, U.S. participants divide their time between the island of Bali and the city of Yogyakarta, Java.


Global Teen Leader, Three Dot Dash, We are Family Foundation (03 / 2016 - Present)

  • Global Teen Leaders (GTL’s) are selected based upon their creation of a project or organization that addresses major issues in their communities.

  • GTL’s participate in the The 2016 Just Peace Summit that will take place March 5 - 11, 2016 in New York City.

  • 30 Global Teen Leaders are selected to participate in Three Dot Dash 2016.


National Youth Correspondent, Washington Journalism and Media Conference

(July 13-18, 2014)

  • Took part in hands-on, experiential learning through decision-making simulations that provide a challenge to solve problems and explore the creative, practical, and ethical tensions inherent in journalism and media.


Youth Advisory Board Member, Washington Journalism and Media Conference

(10 / 2014- 9 / 2015)

  • Each year a focused group of WJMC alumni are selected in a competitive process to help plan the forthcoming Conference. The Advisory Board participates via phone, email, and in person meetings to provide feedback and guidance for the 2015 summer conference development and planning process.


Senior Aide, Mayor’s Youth Council of Houston

(11/ 2014 - 9/ 2015)

  • Provided  support to and worked  collaboratively with Council Member to address needs of position, either assigned permanently or temporarily during MYC meetings.

  • Conducted research of inquiries or issues raised during MYC meetings

  • Represented  Council Member in his/her absence


Panelist, World Refugee Day, University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

(June 13, 2015)

  • Joined nonprofit directors in a discussion regarding the refugee resettlement process.

  • I provided the angle of refugee youth and their experiences during the process of resettlement.


Filmmaker, Skate 4 Africa (07/28/16-08/03/16)

  • Traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with Skate 4 Africa’s founder and visually documented the distribution of over 20 Skateboards to children at the Addis Skate Park(ASP).


Delegate, Austin Global Youth Peace Summit (08/15/16-08/21/16)

  • Joined 67 other youth from over 25 countries in a week-long meeting of culture, conflict, and self-reflection.


Speaker, DC Rally 4 Refugees (8/28/16)

  • Joined 10 other refugees and industry leaders in sharing my story in front of the National Monument.


Contributor, The Huffington Post (9/23/16 - Present)



  • Dobie High School, 2012-2016

  • Wesleyan University, 2016-2020, Anthropology and Psychology



  • University Interscholastic League Informative Speaking district champion (2014-15)

  • Novice of the Year, Speech & Debate. (2014-15)

  • 4th Place, Original Oratory, Navy and Old Gold Debate and Speech Exhibition, New Orleans, LA (2015-16)

  • Semifinalist, Original Oratory, Longhorn Classic, University of Texas at Austin (2015-16)

  • 2016 Global Teen Leader


Published Work:

The Residual: Baghdad to Houston

  • A book chronicling my family’s journey through Iraq, Syria, and America. Excerpts have been published in the Houston Chronicle and Fusion.

  • Manuscript is awaiting full publication.


Houston Chronicle:  An Iraqi-born teen comes of age in America


Houston Chronicle: Bookish: Baghdad To Houston, Ahmed Badr, 16, Pens His Life


Voices of Youth: The Dictators of Adequacy


Voices of Youth: For All


American Way of Life Magazine (AWOL): Borderline Justice: Refugees Seek Asylum

  • I provided my perspective on the refugee resettlement process and told my family’s story.


Fusion.net: Meet the 17-year-old Iraqi refugee who’s writing a book about his life


International Organization for Migration (IOM):  I am a Migrant: Ahmed Badr


Adobe Project 1324: Redefining the Hyphen with Ahmed Badr


U.S. Association for International Migration(USAIM): Building Tunnels


Teen Vogue: Instagram’s new series highlights underrepresented young people


United Nations & International Organization for Migration: A World on the Move Podcast


International Organization for Migration: A Conversation with Director General William L. Swing


Instagram: Empowerment Through Creative Expression


The Huffington Post: Building Tunnels


SAP: Young Minds, Bright Ideas: Ahmed Badr