Speaker


Amanda Lindhout

Kidnap Survivor, Bestselling Author & Journalist

In 2008, Amanda Lindhout traveled to Somalia — 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 experience 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 25,0000 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.


Freedom in Forgiveness

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales.

At the age of nineteen, she began to travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America and Laos.

In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq, she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.”

On her fourth day in Somalia, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road. Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converted to Islam as a survival tactic, received “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risked a daring escape.

Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survived on memory and on strategy, fortitude, and hope.

A captivating, unforgettable speaker, Amanda alights on the positive and leaves her audience with a fuller understanding of the freedom we can all experience when we choose to embrace compassion.

What emerges is a celebration of resilience — a powerful portrait of the strength of the human spirit.