Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian, author, and media personality that has dedicated herself to women’s rights and freedom. People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business”.
At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars rebuild their lives. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 400,000 women in 8 conflict areas leading has impacted more than 1.7 million family members. The organization also distributed more than $100 million in direct aid, including micro credit loans, that impacted more than 1.7 million family members.
In the fall of 2015, Salbi launched The Nida’a Show, a ground-breaking talk show dedicated to addressing and inspiring women in the Arab world (www.nidaashow.com). The show started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world (Oprah had presented Zainab 10 times on her own show) and features women and men from all walks of life in addition to global and Arab celebrities. In November, 2016, Salbi launched The Zainab Salbi Project, an original global series in collaboration with Huffington Post and AOL. In her new series, she fearlessly travels the world shedding light on global issues through the incredible personal stories of people who are struggling, surviving and thriving in a sea of conflict.
Salbi is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam. She is currently the editor at large at Women in the World in association with The New York Times.
I’m dedicated to service. There is no question for me about that. I just want to be happy as I am in service.
Best Meal: Breakfast
My basic every day meal includes eggs, avocado, spinach. That’s my staple. Then once a day I indulge on a bite of chocolate – one bite only. But then each country I have my favorite meal: Jordan: Lentil soup. Iraq: Lima beans with dill and rice. Turkey: Green beans with olive oil. Lebanon: Chicken liver with pomegranate sauce. America: Burger. Morocco: Chicken Tagine. Egypt: Moloukhia.
Mountains wherever they are. And my home wherever I am.
Fear: Lack of safety
Dream: To live my truth with no care and judgement.