Haben Girma

Human Rights Lawyer and First Deafblind Graduate of Harvard Law School

Haben Girma is a human rights lawyer advancing disability justice and the first deafblind person to graduate from Harvard Law School. Haben built her path to success on the belief that inclusion is a choice. We all have the power to advocate.

"Named White House Champion of Change"

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  • Disability & Innovation: The Universal Benefits of Inclusive Design
  • Leadership & Advocacy
  • Communication Strategies for a Winning Story


She presents in English.

How she presents

Haben's engaging presentations ignite audiences to make positive changes in their communities.


  • Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law

In Detail

Haben received the Helen Keller Achievement Award, a spot on the Forbes 30 Under 30 list, and TIME100 Talks. President Bill Clinton, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chancellor Angela Merkel have all honoured her. Haben believes disability is an opportunity for innovation, and she teaches organisations the importance of choosing inclusion. Disabled people are the largest historically underrepresented group, numbering over one billion worldwide. The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, and TODAY Show featured her memoir, Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law. Her refugee story inspired her to embark on a quest for knowledge, traveling the world in search of the secret to belonging.


Haben is a talented storyteller who helps people frame difference as an asset. She resisted society's low expectations, choosing to create her own pioneering story. She shares with audiences worldwide her incredible life story and her amazing journey from isolation to the world stage.


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