Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Photo: Ryan Lash/TED

Bahia Shehab is a Lebanese-Egyptian artist, designer and Islamic art historian, studying ancient Arabic script and visual heritage to solve modern-day design issues. Bahia is also an associate professor at the American University in Cairo, where she has developed a four-year Graphic Design program focusing on the discipline in the Arab world. She is also a PhD candidate at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

Her artwork has been on display in galleries worldwide and on the streets of Cairo in the form of protest graffiti. Her book A Thousand Times NO: The Visual History of Lam-Alif was published in 2010. She is a 2012 TED Global Fellow, a 2016 TED Senior Fellow, and was selected as one of BBCā€™s 100 Women to represent women of the world in 2013.