Bio: Nina Ansary
Dr. Nina Ansary is a leading authority on women’s rights in Iran, a historian and bestselling author. Her book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran received the 2016 International Book Award in Women’s Issues. In 2018, Dr. Ansary was appointed one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation, supporting the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). She is the recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College. She has also been recognized as one of “14 Privileged Women to Change the World” by Marie Claire, featured in Angeleno Magazine’s ”Living Legacies of 2016” and selected as one of ”Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know” and ”6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls” by The New York Times. Ansary has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, BBC and CBS Radio and featured in CNN.com, the Los Angeles Times, the UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. She regularly contributes to the Daily Beast and to Women in the World in association with The New York Times.
Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security and regularly presents her work at universities such as Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C. and the UN Social Good Summit. She frequently moderates panels, most recently at the UN Women’s Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum 2017.
Ansary holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on Columbia University’s Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, the Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF), and the Persia Educational Foundation.