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Degan Ali Announced as the Nonprofit Leader of the Year Gold Winner for Anthem Awards. 


Nairobi, Kenya — January 30, 2024 – Just announced today, Degan Ali, Adeos’s Executive Director, is a Gold Winner as Nonprofit Leader of the Year within the Humanitarian Action & Services in The 3rd Annual Anthem Awards. She was also selected for a Community Voice Award.

The Anthem Awards Nonprofit Leader of the Year is for an individual person who is an outstanding pioneer or innovator leading a team at a non-profit organization focused on behalf of the mission of their organization.  Degan exemplifies this description. Through Degan’s leadership, Adeso has created a portfolio of solutions to create pathways for funders to shift agency and resources to those closest to the world’s challenges. Both in Somalia and at the global level, Adeso is creating a blueprint for disrupting the system for real change.

This year’s Anthem Award Winners were selected from a pool of over 2,000 submissions from 44 countries by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS). Anthem judges are intellectually diverse leaders from across the impact industry with expertise that spans across the Anthem cause areas.

“The Anthem Awards were born out of the desire to amplify and celebrate the voices that are creating sustainable change and to inspire others to take action,” said Patricia McLoughlin, Anthem Awards General Manager. “In a year where so much is at stake, it is incredibly important to recognize impact work and celebrate the progress happening globally.”

By amplifying the voices that spark global change, the Anthem Awards are defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their communities.


About Adeso:

Adeso is a pioneering African social enterprise with global influence. Our vision is a world where people thrive through their own resourcefulness and tenacity. Everything we do is designed to bring us closer to a world liberated from aid. We work to tackle the obstacles that are preventing us from realizing a decolonized world where local leaders and community members are the primary agents and decision-makers.

About The Anthem Awards:

Launched in 2021 by The Webby Awards, The Anthem Awards honors the purpose & mission-driven work of people, companies and organizations worldwide. By amplifying the voices that spark global change, we’re defining a new benchmark for impactful work that inspires others to take action in their own communities. The Anthem Awards honors work across seven core causes: Diversity; Equity & Inclusion; Education; Art & Culture; Health; Human & Civil Rights; Humanitarian Action & Services; Responsible Technology; and Sustainability, Environment & Climate.

Find The Anthem Awards Online:



Instagram: @anthemawards

LinkedIn: The Anthem Awards






Finalist for Anthem Award's Nonprofit Leader of the Year Award

Thank you to the Chandler Foundation!  Thanks for putting Degan Ali on the cover of Social Investor Magazine. And for putting Proximate Leaders at the forefront of philanthropic discussion and getting global recognition for decolonizing philanthropy.