Esra'a Al Shafei

Founder and Executive Director, Mideast Youth

Esra’a Al Shafei founded, a leading civic tech organization in the Middle East. For over 12 years, Majal has built platforms that creatively amplify underrepresented voices throughout the region, from migrant workers in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, to the Arab LGBTQ community. Al Shafei currently serves on the Global Future Council on the Future of Human Rights at the World Economic Forum and is a Directors fellow at the MIT Media Lab. Previously, she was a senior TED fellow, Echoing Green fellow, and Shuttleworth Foundation fellow. In 2017, she was elected to the Board of Trustees at the Wikimedia Foundation. She is the 2018 recipient of the Global Trailblazer Award from Vital Voices.