Manal al-Sharif

Manal al-Sharif is a prominent voice advocating for women's rights in the Muslim and the Arab worlds. Named by the TIME as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, her memoir Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman Awakening, is an intimate story of her life growing up in Saudi Arabia. She was the first Saudi woman to specialise in Information Security, working with the largest oil company in the world. She has presented at events at Harvard, the United Nations, UNESCO, Oslo Freedom Forum, The Arab Institue in Paris, the Center for International and Strategic Studies, Clinton Initiative, Women in the World, and many others. She is a regular contributor to international media, including NewsWeek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and is a regular columnist in Democracy Post by The Washington Post.