Dr. Nina Ansary

Bestselling Author, Historian and leading authority on women’s rights in Iran


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“Having female role models in an industry that’s traditionally been dominated by men is paramount, as it inspires other women who might be hesitant to enter a field that is largely seen as a male bastion. Also, given that 50% of technology products are used by women, it not only makes sense to have women in tech, but not benefitting from their creativity and vision creates a brain drain that hurts technological innovation and progress.”

Dr. Nina Ansary is a bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women's rights in Iran. Her book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran received international attention and has garnered multiple awards - including the 2016 International Book Award in ''Women's Issues''.

She is the recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has also been recognized as one of "14 Privileged Women to Change the World" by Marie Claire, been featured in Angeleno Magazine's ''Living Legacies of 2016'' and selected as one of ''Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know'' and ''6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls'' by The New York Times.

Dr. Ansary has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, The BBC and CBS Radio and been featured in a variety of top publications, including CNN.com, The Los Angeles Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. She regularly contributes to the Daily Beast and to Women in the World in association with The New York Times. Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace and Security and regularly presents her work at top universities, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the UN Social Good Summit, and worldwide conferences in Dublin, Milan and London. She also frequently moderates panels and discussions, most recently at the UN Women's Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum 2017. Ansary holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on Columbia University's Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, the Iranian American Women's Foundation (IAWF), and Persia Educational Foundation.