Kidnap Survivor, Bestselling Author & Journalist
Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia in 2008 - a country often called "the most dangerous place on earth". Early on in her visit, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda now shares her message of forgiveness, peace-building, human rights, and education.
A bestselling author, Amanda's multiple-award-winning memoir of her experiences in Somalia, A House in the Sky, has been on The Globe and Mail's "Top Ten Bestsellers" list for a record breaking three and a half years. Optioned for a film by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle, Joy, Foxcatcher) with Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara playing the role of Amanda, the movie's release is expected in 2018.
An internationally renowned speaker, Amanda has shared stages with such luminaries as Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. She has visited over 25 countries to share her story, captivating audiences as large as 25,000 people.
In addition, Amanda is the founder of The Global Enrichment Foundation, a non-profit organization that has raised close to three million dollars to help educate and empower women and children in Somalia and Kenya.