A pioneering graphic designer in Egypt, Ghada Wali has designed fonts, brands and design-driven art projects.

Why you should listen

Ghada Wali believes that graphic design can change the world. She developed an Arabic typeface that was chosen as one of the best 100 graphic design pieces in the world by the Society of Typographic Arts in Chicago. She won a silver in the International A DESIGN AWARDS, Italy. Her work has been featured in art exhibits around the world and showcased in various articles internationally such as the World Economic Forum, Quartz Africa, Wired Italia & Japan, Slanted Berlin and many more local and global platforms. Her work most recently won the Granshan competition in Munich, as well as two Adobe Design Achievement awards in San Diego. She has been awarded the AWDA, AIAP the women in Design Award in Milan, recognizing the influential women in the field.  

Wali made it to Forbes Europe's List 2017 (Arts & Immigrants category), the first Egyptian woman ever to appear in this category. She was also named to the OKAYAFRICA-100WOMEN list for 2018. She has been featured on UN Women Egypt and has been representing the Egyptian Women Council empowerment campaign.

Wali holds a BA degree as one of the first design graduates of the German University in Cairo and an MA in Design from IED Istituto Europeo di Design, Florence, Italy, which she won as a scholarship basis. Her design experience includes MI7 Cairo, Fortune Promoseven and J. Walter Thompson, as well as teaching graphic design in both the German & American Universities in Cairo.

Ghada Wali’s TED talk