Amali Tower (she/her) has extensive global experience in refugee protection, refugee resettlement and in forced migration and displacement contexts, having worked globally for numerous NGOs, the UN Refugee Agency and the US Refugee Admissions Program. Years of interviewing refugees fleeing conflict afforded her the chance to hear their stories of also fleeing climate change. Through this, Climate Refugees was born. She has conducted country and regional case studies and research in climate-induced displacement contexts, including in urban and camp settings. Her research on climate, conflict and displacement in the Lake Chad Basin in Africa’s Sahel was presented as evidence of loss and damage at COP 26 in Glasgow.
She is a member of the World Economic Forum Expert Network in Migration, Human Rights & Humanitarian Response, the UC Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law (climate refugees and immigrant justice working group). She sits on the advisory board of The Center for Climate and Security in Washington D.C. In 2023, she spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative (CG) on "Forced Migration and Climate Change," in a fireside chat with David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee and former UK Foreign Secretary. Tower's work, filming on location in Morocco on desertification and displacement, is also featured in an episode of PBS's "Evolution Earth."
From being asked to respond to Afghan evacuations to overseeing UNHCR operations for Syrian resettlement to the United States, Tower is frequently consulted for her expertise, including in rapid deployments, humanitarian and high-profile contexts. She also consults in areas of human rights, campaigning, advocacy, legislation and public policy. Tower serves displaced populations as an experienced defender and her clients as a partner and advisor. She developed her work ethic, world views and deep commitment to forcibly displaced populations through a lived experience of instability, and as an immigrant and migrant. She’s born of that education, life in multiple countries, and also those at Columbia University, where she has a Master of International Affairs focused in Human Rights from the School of International and Public Affairs, and a BA in International Development Studies from UCLA. She resides in New York City.
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Amali Tower is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Climate Change, Environment and Immigration. Please contact us for live or virtual event fee details. Amali Tower generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jamie Margolin, Winona LaDuke and Dr. Jonathan Foley. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Amali Tower for an upcoming event.
Amali is an incredible human and we loved having her with us to share her knowledge.
Center for the Education of Women+, University of Michigan - May 19 2023
The whole experience was smooth and enjoyable. The team was kind and responsive, and Amali was an excellent speaker!
NYU Global TIES for Children - May 19 2023
I had the pleasure of hosting Amali during the Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Forum in 2022, for the panel ‘Decolonising Climate Change Responses.’ She spoke clearly and movingly about forced displacement caused by the climate crisis, offering detailed expertise in her prepared speech and responses to the moderator. She aptly handled a hostile audience question with honesty and grace. It was an honour to learn from her, and many audience members praised her excellent contributions to the event in our feedback survey.
University of Cambridge - May 15 2023
Amali gave her presentation from a podium with no visual aid but kept the audience engaged throughout her talk. She was thoughtful, incredibly knowledgeable, and fielded questions from the audience in a professional and lively manner. In our smaller student conversations, she was candid and offered both great insights into her career experiences and knowledge base, but also the lessons she’s learned along the way, as well as making herself available to student and faculty questions and interactions after her visit was completed.
Overall, she was a delight to interact with and work with and I’m incredibly grateful for her sharing her time and expertise with us.
University of Texas at Austin - May 08 2023
Amali Tower contributed enormously to the panel “Balancing the Green Transition: Achieving Environmental Justice for All” organized by the Student Sustainability Associate team at Harvard Business School. Amali provided concrete and moving examples that allowed the audience to better understand what implications climate change has on already vulnerable communities, especially in conflict zones. Amali’s emotions, urgence for action and deep humanity touched the whole audience. I would highly recommend Amali Tower as a speaker for any in-person and virtual meeting.
Harvard Business School - May 04 2023
A climate report released by the Biden administration last month offers a stark warning about the effects climate change could have on migration and security around the world. The report said that migration caused by climate change could exacerbate existing geopolitical tensions, displace millions of people and deepen political instability in parts of the world.
I have evaluated countless refugee cases. The oppression Black Americans face in the US would qualify as persecution.
The US itself has created, and is now perpetuating, this humanitarian crisis by insisting on implementing short-sighted and ineffectual migration and environmental protection policies.
On Thursday, the National Security Council released a long-anticipated report on what environmental advocates are calling one the most pressing issues of our time: climate change-induced migration. While many organizations praised the fact that the document exists, others also pointed out how it failed to include actual policy prescriptions and pathways to move forward. “It’s really disappointing,” said Amali Tower, founder and executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group Climate Refugees. “We went from a bold call and vision to, well, nothing.”
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