Esra’a Al Shafei

Esra’a Al Shafei is the founder and director of, a network of online platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalized voices throughout the Middle East and North Africa. She is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society for “outstanding contributions to the internet and its impact on society,” and is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Previously, she was an Echoing Green Fellow and a Senior TED Fellow. In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the “100 Most Creative People in Business” and awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity.

In 2014, she was featured in Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of social entrepreneurs making an impact in the world. The same year, (Mideast Youth at the time) received the Human Rights Tulip, awarded annually to an organization which promotes and supports human rights in innovative ways.

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