Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, the Executive Director of Phase Minus 1 which focuses on Comprehensive and Inclusive Security, one of 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary General, and a UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment & Economic Growth. An MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and International Deliver For Good Influencer, Alaa serves as a trustee for The Malala Fund, International Alert, Malaria No More and Keeping Children Safe. Murabit founded Voice of Libyan Women at the age of 21, and co-founded The Omnis Institute. Her TED Talk, released in July 2015, “What my religion really says about women” was selected as the TED Talk of the Day and one of four moving TED Talks you should watch right now by The New York Times.
Alaa was recently recognized as a Forbes 30 Under 30, Aspen Institute Health Spotlight Scholar and Bay Street Bull Canada 30x30 for her efficacy in security, health policy and sustainability. Her leadership in global policy and in elevating the role of women, particularly young, minority women, on global platforms was recognized by Harvard Law who named her the youngest 2017 "Woman Inspiring Change".
Nicknamed “Libyan Doogie Howser” by Jon Stewart and applauded for her innovative approach to security, she serves as advisor to numerous security boards including the UNSC Resolution 1325, UNWomen Global Advisory Board, and the Council on Foreign Relations. Alaa is an Ashoka fellow, the youngest recipient of the Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award by the Italian Government, the “International Trust Women Hero 2014” by The New York Times, “One of 25 women under 25 to watch” by Newsweek, a BBC “100 Top Woman” and the SAFE 2014 Global Hero.
Alaa completed her M.D at the University of Zawia and her Masters in International Strategy & Diplomacy with Distinction at the London School of Economics.