Emily Arnold-Fernandez

President & CEO, Asylum Access

Emily Arnold-Fernández is the founding President and CEO of Asylum Access, the leading global refugee human rights organization. Working with and for refugee communities around the world, Asylum Access today has impacted over a million refugees, dismantling barriers that keep refugees from living safely, moving freely, working, attending school, and rebuilding their lives.

A longstanding leader in promoting and supporting proximate solutions, Asylum Access is part of a coalition of refugee-led organizations that recently received the $10 million Larsen Lam ICONIQ Impact Award, another Lever for Change project. The award supports the Resourcing Refugee Leadership Initiative, seeding a fund that will support dozens of refugee-led organizations creating solutions for their communities.

Also a scholar, Emily writes and teaches, including at Stanford, University of York and University of London. Her accolades include the prestigious Alexander (2018) and Grinnell (2013) prizes; Mexico’s Equality and Nondiscrimination Award (2016); and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” (2009).

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