Amir Ahmad Nasr is a leading Sudanese blogger and digital media and marketing consultant. He is the formerly anonymous author of Sudans most well-known sociopolitical English-language blog, The Sudanese Thinker. In 2011, in the midst of the Arab Spring, he revealed his identity and has since become an author, human rights advocate, digital activist, and social entrepreneur. Nasr has been featured by The New Yorker, the BBC, The Guardian, and Al Jazeera, among other media outlets. He is currently working on launching an organization called AssertiveChange, focused on deploying multilingual online courses catering to activists and change-makers to develop their skills for bigger impact.
Born in Khartoum, Sudan, and raised in Qatar, Nasr launched his blog, The Sudanese Thinker, in 2006, after growing frustrated by the lack of young Sudanese speaking out about Darfur. His provocative posts and activism helped spur the growth of the English-speaking Sudanese blogosphere, and became one of the main sources for international journalists and audiences seeking a fresh and unique perspective on current affairs and Sudanese events.
Besides enabling Nasr to express himself, new media exposed him to a world beyond the political and religious fundamentalism of his early childhood and teenage years, and he began writing on secularism, religion, and liberal democracy.
Nasr's blog was nominated as a finalist three consecutive times for the Weblog Awards. He is a contributor to Global Voices Online, and the author of a forthcoming book on Islam and new media. He is also the organizer of The Future of Islam In the Age of New Media," an acclaimed online audio seminar featuring 60 speakers in 60 seconds each for a total of 60 minutes. He is currently pursuing a masters in philosophy and conducting research on the impact of new media on contemporary Islamic thought.