Shereen El Feki works and writes on sexuality and social change in the Arab world.

Why you should listen

Dividing her time between London and Cairo, TED Fellow Shereen El Feki works on issues related to health and social welfare in the Arab region -- including intimate attitudes toward sexual (and political) freedoms, as explored in her new book, Sex and the Citadel.

Half-Egyptian and half-Welsh, El Feki was brought up in Canada. She started her professional life in medical science, with a PhD in molecular immunology from the University of Cambridge, and later worked as healthcare correspondent at The Economist. She also is a former vice chair of the United Nations' Global Commission on HIV and Law. While she has worked in regional media as a presenter with the Al Jazeera Network, and continues to write on social issues in the Arab world, her passion lies in projects that aim to better understand, and surmount, the social challenges facing Arabs, particularly young people.

Read a Q&A with Sheeren El Feki on the TED Fellows site.

What others say

"Shereen El Feki is a brave woman. Spending five years quizzing Arabs about the intimate details of their sex lives is no easy task." — The Economist

Shereen El Feki on the TED Blog

Live from TEDGlobal 2013

Let’s talk about sex: Shereen El Feki at TEDGlobal 2013

June 13, 2013

TEDGlobal Fellow, and author of Sex and the Citadel, Shereen El Feki comes on stage to tell us about Faiza, a woman she met on a recent trip to Casablanca. Unmarried, and a new mother, Faiza proudly told El Feki her story as she showed off her young son. “It was a remarkable tale, but Faiza saved […]

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Live from TEDGlobal 2013

State of the Nations: The speakers in session 8 at TEDGlobal 2013

June 13, 2013

The world order of centuries past is deeply in flux. Western nations no longer sit comfortably atop the power pyramid, with democracy a gleaming ideal. And no longer is it the leader of nations who wield the most influence, as it may be local leaders who hold the key to change. In this session, a […]

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Quotes from Shereen El Feki

For the first time in three decades [of] this epidemic, we have a real chance to come to grips with HIV. But in order to do that, we need to tackle an epidemic of really bad law.
Shereen El Feki
TEDxSummit • 406K views May 2012
Informative, Persuasive