2013: Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said
Dr. Mohamud Said is a distinguished Kenyan volunteer, philanthropist and humanitarian engaged in a wide range of medical service and human rights activities on the local, national and international levels. A long time volunteer with the 70,000-member Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS), he rose through the ranks and currently serves as its Governor (President). He has devoted himself to assisting displaced persons and has been responsible for overseeing the largest refugee camp in the world with over 600,000 persons from the Somali crisis. Dr. Said represented Africa on the board of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), headquartered in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was later elected president of the IRCT, the first African to hold this position. The IRCT treats over 100,000 torture victims in its 150 centers in 75 countries in all the regions of the world.
A life-long member of the Kenya Medical Association (KMA), he founded and chaired the KMA Human Rights Committee, and is a member of the KMA Medical Camp and the Continuous Professional Development Committee. Dr. Said is also vice chairman of the Independent Medico-Legal Unit Kenya, a nongovernmental organization that seeks a torture-free society by promoting the rights of torture victims, advocating for policy reforms, monitoring government adherence to human rights, and rehabilitating victims of torture.
Over the last seven years, as the coordinator of the Pedro Cavadas Foundation, headquartered in Valencia, Spain, Dr. Said’s team has performed reconstructive surgery for poor children and adults from eight East African countries. Dr. Said is a practicing medical doctor who operates his own private hospital and pharmacy in Bungoma County, Kenya. He graduated from medical school in 1979.
He attributes the Peace Corps, who helped with his secondary education, with instilling in him the idea that humanitarian aid and volunteering are worthwhile and honorable pursuits.
To learn more about Dr. Said, please see: Dr. Said's Acceptance Speech