Dr Shereen El Feki

Associate Fellow, Global Health Programme


Shereen El Feki is a British-Canadian-Egyptian academic and author, best known for her book, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World. She is an expert on the intersection of political and intimate rights in the Arab, and wider Islamic, world.

Shereen started her career in medical science, with a PhD in immunology from Trinity College, Cambridge, before going on to become a healthcare correspondent with The Economist and a presenter with Al Jazeera English.

She is the former vice-chair of the UN’s Global Commission on HIV and the Law, as well as a TED global fellow.

Shereen is currently a visiting fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. She is also incoming professor of Global Practice at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto.

As a senior fellow with Promundo, under the aegis of UN Women, Shereen is also leading IMAGES-MENA, a pioneering study of men, masculinities and gender equality in four countries in the Arab region.

Past experience


Professor of Global Practice, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto


Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex


Co-Principal Investigator and Senior Fellow, International Men and Gender Equality Survey, Middle East and North Africa (IMAGES-MENA), Promundo


Author, Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World


Vice-Chair, UN Global Commission on HIV and the Law


Presenter/producer, Al Jazeera International


Healthcare Correspondent, The Economist


PhD in Molecular Immunology, MPhil in Biochemistry, Trinity College, University of Cambridge