Zainab Salbi

Founder and CEO,
Women for Women International

Zainab Salbi, Founder and CEO of Women for Women International, has written about fleeing from the Iraq of Saddam Hussein in Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam. Her organization has helped 153,000 survivors of wars and civil strife begin to rebuild their lives and contribute to the political and economic health of their societies. Her second book, The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival & Hope, chronicles the stories of such women. Ms. Salbi is interviewed regularly on U.S. network television, the BBC and Al Jazeera. She has been featured nine times on The Oprah Winfrey Show and interviewed in such national outlets as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Newsweek. In 2007 Zainab was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, Forbes gave her its 2005 Trailblazer Award and in 1995 President Clinton honored Ms. Salbi at a White House ceremony for her humanitarian work. In 2006, Women for Women International received the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, the world’s largest humanitarian award. A graduate of George Mason University in sociology and women’s studies, she earned a master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2001.