Naseemah Mohamed was born and raised in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. She left Zimbabwe in 2004 to attend Portsmouth Abbey High School, in Portsmouth RI where she founded the Portsmouth Abbey Human Rights Group. After graduating summa cum laude, Naseemah was admitted to Harvard University for her Bachelor’s of Arts in African Studies and Social Studies. At Harvard, she was on the board of the Harvard African Students Association for three years, and served as freshman representative, social chair and president-elect . She has also been a board member of YALDA (Youth Alliance for Leadership and Development in Africa) and was both a dancer and co-director of the Pan African Dance and Music Ensemble. Her senior thesis was awarded the Dorothy Lee Hicks award for the overall “most outstanding” thesis concerning African and African American literature in the university. Naseemah received her Harvard Foundation Insignia Award for “outstanding contributions to race and culture relations at Harvard University”, and the Maurice Sedwell Lt. Award as the student who most embodies the values of the African and African American Studies Department. Naseemah was also awarded the 2012 Harvard Women’s Leadership award. Naseemah is currently in India learning Indian classical dance as a Harvard Michael C. Rockefeller fellowship recipient. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for 2013.