Amir Osman is the Africa regional manager for advocacy at the Africa Regional Office of the Open Society Foundations. In this capacity, Osman manages and coordinates the the Foundations’ advocacy work in Africa. Previously, he served as a senior policy analyst for Africa at the Open Society Foundations. In partnership with Open Society foundations and partners, he conducted advocacy on Africa targeted at the United Nations secretariat, UN Security Council, and member states missions to the UN.
Prior to joining the Open Society Foundations, Osman was the senior director of policy and government relations for the Save Darfur Coalition. With the coalition president, he was responsible for designing and implementing domestic and international policy, advocacy, and outreach to the U.S. government, foreign governments, regional and international institutes, media, and nongovernmental organizations. Osman was also responsible for managing the Policy and Government Relations team.
Previously, Osman was the Sudan program officer for the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies. He designed and managed the CIHRS Sudan projects in Africa and Arab countries. Osman also worked on several research projects with the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo. As a researcher, he co-published a paper entitled “Expectations and Experiences of Resettlement: Sudanese Refugees Perspectives on their Journey to Australia, Canada, and the United States.”
Osman graduated from the University of Khartoum with a BSc in physics. He also received diplomas in international human rights law and refugee studies from the American University in Cairo. He speaks Arabic and English.