Nyamal “Mal” Tutdeal, was born in Gambella, Ethiopia and resettled with her family to the United States. She received a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Non Governmental Organization Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Arcadia University.
Nyamal Tutdeal also known as Mal (meaning peace) is a former refugee from South Sudan who resettled in Sioux Falls, SD with her mother and siblings. Nyamal received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Relations from Doane University in 2015, and a Master of Arts in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a concentration in Non-governmental organization Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Arcadia University in December of 2017.
Nyamal worked with various immigrants, refugees, youth and women groups both domestic and internationally. She became a notable public speaker on refugee, migrants, youth, and gender issues. Nyamal previously worked with the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska as a Project Venture Coordinator researching and re-teaching youth their Native American culture. She also served as a volunteer facilitator for the Peace Center in Langhorn, Pennsylvania. Currently, Nyamal is a Gambling Specialist with the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) with the City Philadelphia.
Nyamal is a civil society leader who has been advocating for change in the South Sudanese community here in the USA. She has led rallies during the South Sudanese referendum. She also hosted numerous events in the South Sudanese and Americans circles. Her advocacy work took her to the white house where she advocated for Refugees and Migrants issues through Lutheran Immigration Refugee Services (LIRS) during President's Obama's second term in office. She has become a notable public speaker especially on refugee, immigrants, youth, and gender issues.
As part of her IPCR program Nyamal studied and travel to Costa Rica for field work, studying dying indigenous languages and the revitalization process of those languages. Nyamal’s love for linguistics reignited. Nyamal is the Co-Director & International Relations Specialist with iSPEAK Language Program.
Nyamal's passions and aspirations are in conflict resolution and peacebuilding in South Sudan and the world beyond. That zeal is already in motion with her advocacy work among refugees and migrant here in the states and in particular the South Sudanese refugee crisis.