author and TED Fellow
Yasin Kakande is a 2018 TED Fellow and author of an upcoming book ‘Why Are They Coming’ exploring the long history and current developments of global migration patterns as they apply to Africans. As a migrant from Uganda, first in the Middle East and now in the U.S., Kakande strives to fill in a migrant’s voice in the ongoing global debate over refugees and migrants. His previous two books The Ambitious Struggle (2013) and Slave States (2015) chronicled the abuses and exploitation of migrants, who work in the Middle East. He works as a freelance international journalist, including assignments for Thomson Reuters and Al Jazeera, and is a frequent contributor to many digital publications and websites.
A native of Uganda, Kakande has been a Middle East journalist for more than a decade. He has worked for the Abu Dhabi-based The National newspaper as the correspondent for the northern Emirates. He also has worked as a news producer for City 7 TV in Dubai, a features writer for the Khaleej Times, and as a reporter and assistant editor for the Bahrain Tribune. He also worked as a translator for The Peninsular newspaper in Doha, Qatar and has done several freelance assignments for international distribution.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda and a master of business administration degree in marketing from the United Arab Emirates branch of the U.S.-based Preston University. He is fluent in English, Arabic, Swahili, and French.