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Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din
Storyteller, Fulbright Fellow, Artist and Activist. *Views are my own and are not representative of any organizations

Mohsin Mohi Ud Din double majored in International Political Economy and Middle Eastern Studies at Fordham University, class of 2007. He is currently pursuing his M.A at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. His family emigrated from the embattled region of Kashmir in the mid 1970s. In 2003 He self-produced a photo human rights documentary in the war-torn valley of Kashmir, interviewing victims of human rights abuse and Kashmiri political leaders. From 2003-2005 Mohsin helped with the research for a published report on Kashmir for Human Rights Watch in 2006 and most recently helping launch a Kashmir awareness campaign with MTV Networks with his band, Zerobridge, led by his brother Mubashir Mohi –Ud-Din, lead singer and songwriter of Zerobridge. Zerobridge, a New York based indie rock band, have released 3 albums and tour regularly in New York City. They recently completed a Music Diplomacy tour of Morocco sponsored by the U.S Embassy and played the Muslim Voices Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2009. Zerobridge have played the World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia in 2010 as well and successfully completed an 8 show tour of Malaysia. In 2011, Mohsin organized a music tour for zerobridge and they played to hundreds of Kashmiris in the Srinagar.

In 2006 Mohsin lived in South Africa for one month working with local peer education groups and orphans with HIV. As a Matteo Ricci Fellow in South Africa, Mohsin published a report on Orphan-Headed-Households that included interviews and research conducted with HIV infected youth in Cape Town and Johannesburg. After receiving the Everett Fellowship Public Service Fellowship with the NGO Human Rights First in 2007, he worked full time for Human Rights First in the Crimes Against Humanity Program conducting international human rights advocacy for Darfur, Burma, and Kashmir as a Program Assistant from 2007-2009. In 2009 Mohsin received the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship Award from the U.S State Department for a music and film/arts project he designed for orphans and street children in Morocco. For over one year Mohsin led a music and arts initiative for street children, orphans, and drug addicts in Morocco, called Lollipops Crown Music and Arts Initiative. He taught street children and orphans how to produce music and how to write, direct, and act in their own short films which dealt with the poverty and abuse the street children face in Morocco. He produced 17 short films with the street children, which have recently been shown at the famous Cine Rif Theater in Morocco, the U.S Institute for Peace and the World Islamic Economic Forum in Malaysia. Mohsin was invited to Malaysia as a ‘Young Leader’ and presented on his social work and Fulbright project at the World Islamic Economic Forum’s Young Leaders Conference in Kuala Lampur Malaysia. In 2011, he successfully carried out his LC Arts initiative for orphans in Kashmir at the CHINAR home. Mohsin also is a writer and is a monthly contributor to the Huffington Post, focusing his articles on human rights and Muslim-West relations.

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