#10 Majal, Esra'a Al Shafei

“You get paranoid, and that paranoia comes to your aid, I think that paranoia is why I’m still here.”


Esra'a is the founder and director of Majal. She’s a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and is currently a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. Previously, Esra’a was an Echoing Green Fellow and a Senior TED Fellow. In 2011 she was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" and awarded the Monaco Media Prize. In 2014, Esra’a was featured in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of social entrepreneurs making an impact in the world. The same year, Majal received the Human Rights Tulip. In 2015, Esra'a was the recipient of the "Most Courageous Media" Prize from Free Press Unlimited.


Majal (formerly Mideast Youth) is a network of online platforms that amplify under-reported and marginalised voices throughout the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region). Some of Majal's projects include:

- Migrant Rights: the primary resource on the plight of migrant workers in the MENA region;

- CrowdVoice: an open source platform that makes sense of the flow of information on social movements across the web by mining relevant content from internet noise;

- Mideast Tunes: the largest platform of its kind, featuring 1,200 musicians in the MENA region who use music as a tool for social change;

- Ahwaa: a bilingual tool for LGBT youth in the Arab world that creates a safe space for discussion. It is unique in that it uses game mechanics to facilitate and enhance interactions between users.


Esra'a Al Shafei:

Twitter: @ealshafei

Majal: @MajalOrg

Majal: majal.org


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