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About Hanna Jaff:
Hanna Jazmin Jaff Bosdet was born and brought up in San Diego on November 4, 1986, but spent much of her childhood in Tijuana, the home of her maternal family. Is an American born Mexican-Kurd politician, philanthropist, human rights activist, conference speaker, and author.
Her father’s family name is Jaff. Which is Kurdish and belongs to the Jaff tribe, well-known for its political involvement in Kurdistan Government since the year 1114. Mohamed Pasha Jaff, her great-great grandfather was a Pasha, a noble title, appointed by the Ottoman Empire in the 1700s. She is a descendant of Lady Adela, Osman Pasha Jaff, Mahmud Pasha Jaff. Hanna’s father, the son of Dawood Fattah Al Jaff (also remembered as Dawood Beg Jaff), was the leader of the Jaff Tribe. Her mother’s family name is Bosdet, which migrated to Mexico from France. She is the great granddaughter of Carlos Henry Bosdet.
Hanna holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from National University (California). She also studied at Columbia University in New York, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Monterrey, and La Sorbonne University of Paris. In March 2014. She was awarded an honorary doctorate degree for her humanitarian work by the Claustro Doctoral in Mexico. She is currently part of the Harvard Ex Alumni Club in Mexico as an active member of the Alumni Council.
Since 2013, Hanna has been the Under Secretary of Relations with the Civil Society, the Under Secretary of Immigrants, the National Secretary of Social Management of Youth Network for Mexico, and the National General Secretary of the Revolutionary Youth Expression in the Institutional Revolutionary Party. She was a Federal Congresswoman candidate of the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico, and the Tourism Ambassador of the state of Morelos, Mexico.
Hanna is the founder of Jaff Foundation for Education, a nonprofit organization, created on June 4, 2013. The foundation has hosted more than 200 charity events worldwide, benefiting more than 120,000 people. Their mission is to teach English to immigrants, refugees, and the less fortunate, launch nondiscrimination campaigns, and aim their attention on world peace and education. Today, the foundation is located in 18 different states in Mexico and has more than 7,000 active volunteers.
Hanna is an activist for immigrants and refugees, and she frequently volunteers in Iraqi refugee camps, where she teaches English and has donated thousands of her English learning books. In 2013, she organized the first Kurdish Festival in Mexico, the biggest one ever held outside Kurdistan, attended by 80,000 people in four days. Hanna organizes frequent non-discrimination campaigns for the world’s peoples to respect one another’s race, skin color, national origin, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation, social class, political views, and age. Hanna conducted a We Are One campaign in support of war victims in the Middle East. Her projects promote tolerance and public awareness about eliminating hatred.
Hanna speaks at international conferences on topics such as human rights, immigrants, refugees, peace, and the importance of education, mainly to raise awareness and motivation. Hanna has been a speaker in over 80 universities, schools, and institutions around the world. In 2017, she was twice a TED speaker at TEDx Nishtiman in Erbil, Iraq and TEDx Ciudad de Puebla in San Andres Cholula, Mexico.
Hanna has authored three English learning books: for Spanish, Purepecha (native language in Mexico), and Kurdish speakers. She has donated 22,000 of her English books to immigrants, refugees, and the less fortunate. Hanna declares she has been maintaining a diary and bucket list since she was 14. She writes quotes and poetry, inspired by the people and events in her life. Hanna donated self taught English books, toys, and school supplies for kids Lima, Peru; in Duhok, Kurdistan; ISIS victims in Mosul, Iraq; in Bangalore, India; and in Agra, India.
She has received the following awards:
– “Honorary Representative of the Garmiyan Kurdistan for Latin America” six other awards for her humanitarian work by the Kurdish Government of the state of Garmiyan;
– “Woman of the Year” by the National Chamber of Women;
– “Person of the Year” by the newspaper El Sol de México;
– Recognition by the Bakhsish Organization for the Humanitarian Arts;
– Recognition by Petróleos Mexicanos for its great trajectory;
– “15 Outstanding Politicians” by the Mexican newspaper Reforma;
– “The 10 Most Influential Women in Baja California” by InfoBaja Magazine;
– “One of the 12 women entrepreneurs of the year and Cover” of the 2015 Business Calendar Bellasarte;
– “One of the 10 young faces of politics in Mexico” by Líderes Emergentes Magazine;
– “One of the 50 most admirable Mexican women” by Caras Magazine;
– “Benito Juárez Medal” for the World Congress for Peace;
– “Philanthropist of the Year” by Grupo Sexenio;
– “One of the 200 Leaders of Tomorrow under 30” by St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland;
– “30 under 30” most successful Mexicans under 30 years old by Entrepreneur magazine;
– “30 under 30” most successful Mexicans under 30 years old by Alto Nivel magazine.