Mawi Asgedom fled war-torn Ethiopia at age three. For the next three years he lived with his family in a Sudanese refugee camp. He immigrated to the United States at age seven. Growing up, he overcame linguistic, cultural and financial challenges and eventually earned a full-tuition scholarship to Harvard University. Mawi went on to win many top honors at Harvard. His classmates elected him to be one of eight class marshals and he delivered the commencement address to more than 30,000 people at his graduation in 1999. He is currently a highly sought-after speaker for students, community groups, and businesses. Mawi is twenty-four years old. He lives in ChicagoAsgedom, Mawi is the author of 'Of Beetles and Angels: A True Story of the American Dream' with ISBN 9780970498267 and ISBN 0970498268.