Liya Kebede

Model and Maternal Health Activist

Liya Kebede is an Ethiopian-born model, maternal health advocate, clothing designer, and actress. Liya has served as the WHO's Ambassador for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health since 2005. Liya then founded the Liya Kebede Foundation, whose mission is to reduce maternal, newborn and child mortality in Ethiopia and around the world. The organization funds advocacy and awareness-raising projects as well as providing direct support for low-cost technologies, community-based education, and training and medical programs. In one health center that the foundation works with, hospital deliveries rose by over 50% in 12 months. Liya writes for The Huffington Post about maternal and child health, and has been featured in Vogue and on The Daily Beast. She is also part of the Champions for an HIV-Free Generation, an organization of African leaders led by former President of Botswana Festus Mogae.