Alaa Murabit


Nicknamed “The Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart, Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, UN High-Level Commissioner and one of only 17 Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary-General.

A champion for inclusive peace processes, Alaa founded VLW at the age of 21 and her programs are now replicated internationally. She acts as advisor to numerous international security boards and organizations and a trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe.

An Ashoka Fellow, Murabit is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, New York Times “International TrustWomen Hero”, Newsweek’s “25 under 25 to watch”, a BBC “100 Top Woman” and SAFE Global Hero.

Her TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” was “Talk of the Day” & one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by New York Times.

Alaa was most recently elected an MIT Director’s Fellow.

Alaa Murabit at TED 2015.