Ashli Akins is a human rights advocate, artist, and social entrepreneur. When she was 21, she founded Mosqoy, an international charitable organization that works with highland indigenous communities of the Andean mountains in Peru, to provide economic opportunities that nurture their threatened culture.
Ashli is pursuing her PhD in interdisciplinary studies from the University of British Columbia, with Dr. Wade Davis (anthropology) and Dr. Michelle LeBaron (law). In 2014, she graduated from the University of Oxford with a masterfs in International Human Rights Law; her thesis explored why the loss of culturally significant art is a human rights violation. She previously attended the University of Victoria, where she received a bachelor's degree in environmental studies, Latin American studies, and professional writing. She was recently honoured as one of UVicfs 50 top alumni in history who have made a difference.
Ashli uses photography and writing to educate about international human rights and environmental injustices. In 2008, she completed a photography internship with National Geographic, and has published and exhibited around the world.