Activist and Executive Director of Ibn Khaldun Center for Development Studies
Dalia Ziada is an award-winning Egyptian human rights activist, socio-political analyst, public speaker, and executive director of the Cairo-based Ibn Khaldun Centre for Development Studies, which has been campaigning for human rights and civil freedoms in the Arab world since the 1980s. Before joining IKC, Ziada worked for the Washington DC-based American Islamic Congress (AIC) as founding director of its Middle East and North Africa bureau in Cairo. After Egypt’s 2011 revolution, she co-founded a political party and ran for parliament, although Egyptians’ negative perception of women prevented her from being elected. She plans to run for president in 2022.