Zainab Salbi is a humanitarian, an author and a media commentator who has dedicated herself to women's rights and freedom. She is the founder of Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to assisting female survivors of wars to rebuild their lives. Under her leadership as the group’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization distributed more than 100 million dollars to 315,000 women survivors of wars.
Salbi is also the author of a national bestseller "Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam” (with Laurie Becklund); “The Other Side of War: Women's Stories of Survival and Hope"; and her new book "If You Knew Me, You Would Care."
Salbi has been identified in the top lists of most influential women by Harper's Bazaar (2010), Newsweek (2011), The Guardian (2011), Economist Intelligent Unite (2011), and FastCompany (2012), among many other lists, awards and media appearances including 10 appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Salbi was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2007 and one of the top 22 young leaders by the Clinton Global Initiative in 2010. Zainab Salbi holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.