Dr. Alaa Murabit // Canada

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A medical doctor, @alaamurabit is one of 17 @UnitedNations @theglobalgoals Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocates, a @UnitedNationsHigh-Level Commissioner for Health Employment and Economic Growth, @TED speaker, the founder of VLW and @MIT@MediaLab Director’s Fellow. She was recently named a 2017 @Forbes Under 30 for her work in global health policy and a @Harvard Law 2017 “Woman Inspiring Change”. She founded VLW at the age of 21 and serves as a board trustee for @MalalaFund@International_Alert, and Keeping Children Safe and is an advisor to @ConnectHer. An @Ashoka Fellow, Alaa is the youngest Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award recipient, @NYTimes“International TrustWomen Hero 2014”, @Newsweek “25 under 25 to watch”, a @BBC “100 Top Woman” and SAFE Global Hero and a @VirginUnite Changemaker.  Her @TED Talk, “What my religion really says about women” was “TED Talk of the Day” and one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by @nytimes.

We asked Alaa what she would tell her 10-year-old self and what her 10-year-old self would think of her now: “I don’t know what 10 year old me would think of me now, but I know that I would tell her to just keep doing what she’s doing. What has gotten me to where I am has been a curiosity to read and learn more about everything around me instilled in me as a child, and my unshakeable belief that I belong in these spaces and that my voice and experiences are important.  That’s not to say there aren’t going to be challenges (fyi you might not love being 13 to 16. Don’t worry, you read a lot of awesome books), but I have to believe that 10-year-old me’s unshakeable faith and curiosity in herself is why I’m where I am today.”