Esra'a Al Shafei is the founder and Director of Mideast Youth, an organization that aims to amplify diverse and under-represented voices advocating for change throughout the Middle East and North Africa using digital media. She is the founder of CrowdVoice.org, an open source platform that tracks voices of protest from around the world by curating and contextualizing data. She is also the founder of mideastunes.com, a discovery engine for underground musicians throughout the Middle East and North Africa who use music as a tool for social change, and Ahwaa.org, a bilingual discussion platform for LGBT youth in the Arab world.
Esra’a is a recipient of the Berkman Award from Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a TED Senior Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellow. She was featured in Fast Company as one of the "100 Most Creative People in Business" (2011) and in Forbes' "30 Under 30" list of social entrepreneurs making an impact in the world (2014). The World Economic Forum listed her as one of "15 Women Changing the World in 2015." She was also awarded the Monaco Media Prize, which acknowledges innovative uses of media for the betterment of humanity.