Magda Ali is an internationally recognized medical doctor who has made a significant contribution to improving the plight of Sudanese internally displaced and refugee women.
Ali began her career working for a decade with the Ministry of Health in Sudan, first as a community physician before becoming assistant director of primary health and subsequently national director for the control of diarrheal disease. Since 1990, Ali has served as a consultant to a number of organizations including the Amal Group for Street Children (Sudan), Planned Parenthood (Sudan), and the Peace Building Centre for the Horn of Africa (Eritrea).
Ali is also the cofounder of several organizations, including Al Manar, which extends public health and legal aid services to Sudanese IDPs and refugees; Al Wafaa Group; the Group for Alternative Policies for Sudan, which draws from the Sudanese diaspora; Ma’an Women’s Group, which serves Sudanese women refugees in Egypt; and the Women’s Action Group. Ali has served as a board member with the Geneva-based Humanitarian Aid Partnership International. In 1996, Ali was a recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.