Kadra Abdi | Center for Victims of Torture

Kadra Abdi

Board Member

A Minneapolis-based small business owner, researcher, and activist, Kadra Abdi is the founder and curator of Ubuntu, a platform that spotlights emergent issues impacting the global black diaspora. Abdi serves as the founder and CEO of Synergy LLC, a consulting business dedicated to helping BIPOC businesses and nonprofits craft strategies and counteract the often-negative assumptions that arise between historically marginalized communities and mainstream communities. Abdi also works for the Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers as a Business and Community Wealth Building advisor. The focus of Abdi’s work includes issues of equity, inclusion and accessibility. Previously, Abdi served as an equity advisory committee member with the Metropolitan Council and as a research consultant for the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is an executive board member of the international relief organization ARAHA and a board member for the Twin Cities Media Alliance. Abdi holds a Master of Public Policy degree with an emphasis on gender and global policy from the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Women and Gender Studies from Luther College.


We heal victims of torture through unique services and professional care worldwide.

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We advocate for the protection & care of torture survivors and an end to torture.

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