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Speaker

Alaa Murabit, MD

PAC HEALTH DIRECTOR; UN HIGH-LEVEL COMMISSIONER: HEALTH, EMPLOYMENT, ECONOMIC GROWTH; UN SDG GLOBAL ADVOCATE, THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION
Dr. Alaa Murabit is a medical doctor, global health and security strategist, women’s rights advocate, and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Alaa is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary-General due to her leadership in establishing and advancing the SDGs, and a 2020–2021 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She leads The Gates Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy Health work, in partnership with the Global Health and Global Development divisions. Her work has shaped policies in over 190 countries and impacted the lives of billions. She was most recently named a 2022 World Economic Forum Young Global Leader for her work at the intersections of global security, health, gender, and sustainability.

Alaa previously founded the women’s rights organization Voice of Libyan Women in 2011 at the age of 21 and later founded an accelerator for emerging women’s leadership in security, health, peacebuilding, and policy. Her TED Talk, “What My Religion Really Says About Women,” has been viewed 7+ million times. In 2016, she became executive director of Phase Minus 1, providing thought leadership in emerging security and inclusive security. Alaa is the recipient of 100+ honors and awards, including the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, BBC 100 Women, Forbes 30 Under 30, CNN Leaders You Should Know, Nelson Mandela International Changemaker Award, and was the youngest Harvard Law’s Women Inspiring Change honoree. She is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and serves on the board of the Malala Fund. Alaa received an M.D. from the University of Zawia in Libya and an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Speaking In
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM (PDT)
Tuesday, June 14