Every day we like to shine a spotlight on people doing amazing work — both with Charity Miles and without. Today we’re featuring Dr. Ermira Babamusta (pictured above, in the middle), a humanitarian, foreign affairs expert and author. Dr. Babamusta is currently pursuing Intelligence & National Defense Studies at Harvard University. Ermira Babamusta is the winner of the International Woman of Courage Award by Kessel Peace Institute and the 2013 Distinguished Humanitarian Award by the U.S. Congress for her international humanitarian efforts in Kosovo.

What is your greatest accomplishment as of late?

Recently I founded Peace Action Foundation as a Global Peace Initiative while serving on the President’s Volunteer Service Program. Its mission is to empower our communities and create positive social change through advocacy and public service. Peace Action was launched on September 11, 2013 as a tribute to 9/11 to commemorate the heroic actions of those who continue to fight for freedom, peace and democracy today. We focus on social justice, peace and humanitarian values such as respect for diversity, compassion, friendship and care.

 What motivates you to make the world a better place?

My desire to make the world a better place is motivated by my compassion for humanity and the hope for equal rights for all.  I believe we can learn from each other to make this world a better place. Each individual can contribute – no act is too big or too small. My interest in global issues, foreign affairs and diplomacy is a crucial part of my career. Throughout my projects I have focused on lobbying for international support for Kosovo, increasing education and cultural opportunities for youth in US, Albania and around the world, advocating for women rights, bringing innovative tech and energy projects as well as improve quality of life and economic opportunities in US and abroad.

What do you do to stay healthy and fit?

Health is a state of mental, physical and social well-being. As individuals we cannot reach our full potential if we do not look after these three aspects. I use Charity Miles to fund raise for my favorite charities such as the Wounded Warrior Project, World Food Program and UN Foundation Girl UP while working out at the gym or running outdoors.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

“Be good and kind to one-another”- Ellen DeGeneres.

“Success starts with leadership, and leadership starts with you,” my father, prof. Neki Babamusta.

What is your favorite aspect of Charity Miles?

My favorite aspects of Charity Miles are the ability to inspire, take on leadership, contribute, make a difference, serve the community, fundraise and support amazing charities.

Who do you exercise for, and why?

I have taken on five Charity Miles & Peace Action Challenges in support of the Wounded Warrior Project, UN Foundation Girl UP, the World Food Programme, Stand Up to Caner and Partnership for a Healthier America.

My next 30 day challenge is in support of UN Foundation Girl Up & World Food Programme to raise awareness of gender inequality around the world, empower women and advocate for peace. Through Charity Miles I can stay healthy while making a difference for young girls around the world who don’t have access to schools, hospitals or a safe home.

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