Associate Fellow, Centre on Global Health Security
Shereen El Feki
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Summary

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.

Expertise

  • Arab region
  • Gender
  • Sexual rights
  • Islam
  • Youth

Experience

2016-

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

2015-

Visiting Fellow, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex

2015-

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

2008-15

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

2010-12

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

2006-08

Presenter/producer, Al Jazeera International

1998-2005

Healthcare Correspondent, The Economist

1991-97

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

 

Broadcast experience

Extensive

Languages

  • English (Broadcast standard)
  • French (Broadcast standard)
  • Arabic (Not for broadcast)
  • Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World London, 2013
  • 'Is the Egyptian State Use Sexual Torture Against Women?' The Guardian, 28 May 2015
  • 'Sexual Politics in the Arab World', International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences 2nd edition, 2015, pp. 791-796
  • 'Come the Revolution: Sex, faith and politics in turbulent times', Wellcome Trust Institute of Sexology, London, 2015
  • 'From Risks to Rights: The Global Commission on HIV and the Law, and Efforts to Build a Better Legal Environment for Sexual and Reproductive Health', Reproductive Health Matters,  vol. 23, 2014, pp. 38-44