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.
Areas of expertise
- Arab region
- Sexual rights
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
- Sex and the Citadel: Intimate Life in a Changing Arab World London, 2013
- 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 Institute of Sexology, Wellcome Trust, London, 2015
- The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: recommendations for legal reform to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights with Tenu Avafia, Tania Martins Fidalgo, Vivek Divan, Charles Chauvel, Mandeep Dhaliwal & Clifton Cortez, Reproductive Health Matters, vol. 23, 2014, pp. 125-136