Amir Ahmad Nasr, also known as Drima, is the Founder and CEO of A Tribe Called Story a new digital record label, media production house and mentorship community headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.
An artist and writer at heart with a passion for storytelling, he is the author of a critically acclaimed memoir and forthcoming play – and is currently at work on a podcast series and visual concept album, slated for release beginning in early 2018.
Beyond creative endeavors, Amir is also a veteran digital activist with a deep interest in technology’s impact on society, culture and what it means to be human. He is the formerly anonymous voice behind the three-time Weblog Award nominated blog The Sudanese Thinker and an active promoter of human rights globally.
Since the release of his debut memoir in 2013, his work has gained an influential readership that includes Hollywood celebrities, former White House officials, Ivy League academics, accomplished tech entrepreneurs, and celebrated journalists.
In his review of Amir’s book, former publisher and CEO of WashingtonPost.com, Christopher M. Schroeder aptly wrote, “If you have any question of what technology can do for people trying to make change from the bottom up, Amir’s life experiences will remove all doubt.”
Amir has shared the stage with Nobel Peace Laureates and former presidents and spoken to audiences of up to a thousand at events in North America, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia on a wide-ranging diversity of topics, and has been noted by WIRED as a “formidable speaker.”
His advocacy and story have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, France24, WNYC, BBC, CBC, and dozens of media outlets in over 13 languages across the globe, as well as the Emmy nominated documentary film Live Your Quest.
He is an advisor to CEOs and non-profits, and a member of the Board and International Council at the Human Rights Foundation where he serves on the committee for The Václav Havel International Prize for Creative Dissent.
A Sudanese Nubian-Arab by birth and proud heritage; a Qatari and Malaysian by migration; an American and Brit by education; and a humanist by choice and dedication, Vancouver, Canada is the city he calls home and his global HQ.