Umra Omar received her bachelor’s degree in neuroscience and psychology at Oberlin in 2006. After receiving a master’s degree and starting a career in Washington, D.C., Omar returned to her native country. During a visit to her childhood community on the islands of the Kenya-Somalia border, she learned about a medical aid project that had been abandoned because of security concerns. That’s when Omar founded Safari Doctors, an initiative that provides free, basic, and potentially life-saving medical services, youth community health training, and civic engagement for women. In 2016 Omar was selected as a CNN Hero, and in 2017, she was recognised as the 2017 United Nations Person of the Year.