Esra’a Al Shafei

Esra’a Al Shafei

Founder and Director,

Esra’a Al Shafei is the founder and director of, a Bahrain-based 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, Esra’a 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 2015, she received the “Most Courageous Media” award from Free Press Unlimited.

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