Dr. Alaa Murabit (she/her)
UN High-Level Commissioner: Health, Employment, Economic Growth
UN SDG Global Advocate
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: Health Director (PAC)
About Dr. Murabit
Dr. Alaa Murabit a medical doctor, global health and security expert and strategist, women’s rights advocate, and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. Alaa is one of 17 Sustainable Development Goal Advocates appointed by the UN Secretary-General due to her leadership on establishing and advancing the SDGs, and a 2020–2021 Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She leads The Gates Foundation’s Global Policy and Advocacy Health work, in partnership with the Global Health and Global Development divisions. Her work has shaped policies in over 190 countries and impacted the lives of billions.
Alaa founded the women’s rights organization Voice of Libyan Women in 2011, at the age of 21. Her TED Talk, “What My Religion Really Says About Women,” has been viewed nearly 7 million times. In 2016, she became executive director of Phase Minus 1, providing thought leadership in conflict resolution and inclusive security, and she later founded CO-AGENCY, an accelerator for emerging women’s leadership in security, health, peacebuilding, and policy. A Nobel prize nominee, Alaa is the recipient of more than 100 honors and awards, including the Canadian Meritorious Service Cross, BBC 100 Women, Forbes 30 Under 30, CNN Leaders You Should Know, Nelson Mandela International Changemaker Award, and Harvard Law’s Women Inspiring Change. She is an MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow, and serves on the board of the Malala Fund. Alaa received an M.D. from the University of Zawia in Libya and an MSc in International Strategy and Diplomacy, with Distinction, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.