Shereen El Feki

Shereen El Feki is a writer, broadcaster, and academic. She started her professional life in the lab, with a doctorate in molecular immunology from the University of Cambridge. She has been Healthcare Correspondent for The Economist, a programme presenter at Al Jazeera, written and researched Sex and Citadel, and served as vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

Alongside studying sexuality in the Arab world she is an inaugural TED Global Fellow, and a member of the Global Experts network of the UN’s Alliance of Civilizations. She sits on the advisory board of Meedan, a digital town square promoting dialogue between Arabic and non-Arabic speaking communities around the world, as well as that of the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality, an NGO promoting human rights across the region. She also serves on the editorial board of Dinar Standard, a leading publication on finance and business in the Islamic world.

She is half- Egyptian, half-Welsh, grew up near Toronto, and now lives between London and Cairo.

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Radical Revenge

We all know what it’s like to want revenge, but where does that urge come from?  Why is it so hard to give up?  And why can some people only satisfy it through extreme and brutal acts?  In her new book, Radical Revenge, Renée Danziger draws on psychoanalytic thinking to offer a fresh perspective on […]

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Light to Life

In this fascinating, revelatory new book, biologist Raffael Jovine takes us on a journey of discovery into the intricate, beautiful and often surprising processes that convert energy from the sun into life and how all-important these are to our survival. Despite the unprecedented challenges the Earth faces from global warming, habitat loss, air pollution and […]

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The Art of Repair

It all started with a pair of socks… White, woollen – my favourite pair. The heels had become thin and threadbare; then a small hole appeared on one of the toes. Too precious to throw away, I decided to mend them. I chose a ball of yarn from my mother’s wool collection and she found me her old darning mushroom, which had once belonged to my granny, and explained the basics. I remember the feeling of it: threading the needle with a strand of contrasting grey wool, while pulling the heel over the domed wooden mushroom; weaving my needle in and out of the surviving strands; making little bridges back and forth like a lawn mower; slowly closing the hole. The process was instinctive. I can still recall the feeling of pride and achievement when I had finally finished. Sure my darn looked a little rustic, but I had given my socks
a new lease of life, a second chance.

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