Ahmed Moorea is a 24-year-old oud player and composer from Baghdad, Iraq. A self-taught musician, he studied accounting and economics at Baghdad College while practicing the oud prodigiously. After watching YouTube videos and training for hours each day, Ahmed began to compose on his instrument, which eventually led him to the great honor of performing for the masterful Nasser Shamma, one of the most renowned oud players in Iraq. Ahmed often performs free concerts at orphanages and homes for disabled citizens, as well as volunteers at community centers in Baghdad. Recently, he co-founded music outreach organization Aalam Mobdi’a (Innovated World) to empower youth and cultivate emerging talent.