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Manal al-Sharif

Saudi Women's Rights Advocate & Author of "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening"

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Manal al-Sharif Biography

Manal al-Sharif is a pioneering women's rights activist who has fearlessly fought for the empowerment and equality of women in the Middle East. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, al-Sharif saw firsthand the barriers and restrictions placed on women and was determined to bring about change.

In 2011, she made history by defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and taking to the streets behind the wheel of a car. Her bold action sparked a nationwide movement and inspired others to join the fight. As the leader of the #Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia, Ms. al-Sharif has been instrumental in advocating for women's rights. Her powerful and inspiring speeches have captivated audiences around the world, sharing her story of perseverance, bravery, and hope.

Her speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum, which highlighted the importance of technology in empowering individual voices, has been listed among the 75 most notable speeches in history, Speeches of Note, Sean Usher. She is the author of Goodreads Choice Award of the Best Memoirs in 2017: "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening."

An accomplished leader and advocate, al-Sharif received the inaugural Vaclav Havel Award for Creative Dissent with Ai Weiwei and Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been recognized as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World, one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech, and one of Newsweek's Top 10 Digital Revolutionaries. Notably, al-Sharif is not only an advocate for women's rights but also a computer scientist and an accomplished cyber security expert, the founder of the Ethical Technologists Society, and the host of the "Tech for Evil" podcast that discusses the intersection between tech and human rights.

al-Sharif's unwavering commitment to advancing women's rights and promoting equality has made her a sought-after speaker on the international stage, having shared her insights at prestigious events and venues, including TED Global, WIRED, UN, Harvard, SXSW, Sydney Opera House, Australian Open, the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the Obama Summit.

Speaking Topics
  • Social Activism & Women’s Rights

    The methods of activism will continue to evolve along with developments in culture and technology. Leveraging social media to practice social activism for Social reform in correlation to women. What is the context in Saudi and other countries in the region? Are women here still denied their basic rights to education and freedom, and face violence and abuse? What is being done about it and where does religion stand?

  • Women Empowerment & Women in Tech

    Why is it important for women to acknowledge the special status they deserve in society? What difference can our actions make to the position of women now and for the future? Her story about how it is to be a working woman in a mostly male-dominated career field world-wide and specifically in Saudi Arabia. The challenges, the facts and the reality and how they can either make you or break you.

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Daring to Drive

Daring to Drive

News
  • I Left My Son in a Kingdom of Men - The New York Times

    Manal al-Sharif is the author of the forthcoming memoir “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening.” Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter. A version of this op-ed appears in print on June 11, 2017, on Page SR7 of the New  ...

  • Manal al-Sharif: What is next for women in Saudi Arabia after being ...

    Manal al-Sharif, a women's rights activist, is author of “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening.” Saudi Arabia is finally freeing itself from the grip of decades of religious fundamentalism. The key to this change? Car keys. On Sept. 26, the Saudi government formally announced that it would lift the ban on women driving.

  • Meet the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year

    For the past 28 years, the 'Glamour' Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. This year’s class of extraordinary females is no exception.

FAQs
  • How do I book Manal al-Sharif to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Manal al-Sharif for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Manal al-Sharif, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Manal al-Sharif or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Manal al-Sharif

    Speaking fees for Manal al-Sharif, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Manal al-Sharif are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Manal al-Sharif, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Manal al-Sharif speak about?

  • Where does Manal al-Sharif travel from?

    Manal al-Sharif generally travels from Sydney, Australia, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Manal al-Sharif’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Manal al-Sharif for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Manal al-Sharif for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Manal al-Sharif or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Saudi Women's Rights Advocate & Author of "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening"

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Manal al-Sharif Biography

Manal al-Sharif is a pioneering women's rights activist who has fearlessly fought for the empowerment and equality of women in the Middle East. Born and raised in Saudi Arabia, al-Sharif saw firsthand the barriers and restrictions placed on women and was determined to bring about change.

In 2011, she made history by defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and taking to the streets behind the wheel of a car. Her bold action sparked a nationwide movement and inspired others to join the fight. As the leader of the #Women2Drive movement in Saudi Arabia, Ms. al-Sharif has been instrumental in advocating for women's rights. Her powerful and inspiring speeches have captivated audiences around the world, sharing her story of perseverance, bravery, and hope.

Her speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum, which highlighted the importance of technology in empowering individual voices, has been listed among the 75 most notable speeches in history, Speeches of Note, Sean Usher. She is the author of Goodreads Choice Award of the Best Memoirs in 2017: "Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening."

An accomplished leader and advocate, al-Sharif received the inaugural Vaclav Havel Award for Creative Dissent with Ai Weiwei and Aung San Suu Kyi. She has been recognized as one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People in the World, one of Forbes' Top 50 Women in Tech, and one of Newsweek's Top 10 Digital Revolutionaries. Notably, al-Sharif is not only an advocate for women's rights but also a computer scientist and an accomplished cyber security expert, the founder of the Ethical Technologists Society, and the host of the "Tech for Evil" podcast that discusses the intersection between tech and human rights.

al-Sharif's unwavering commitment to advancing women's rights and promoting equality has made her a sought-after speaker on the international stage, having shared her insights at prestigious events and venues, including TED Global, WIRED, UN, Harvard, SXSW, Sydney Opera House, Australian Open, the FIFA Women's World Cup, and the Obama Summit.

Manal al-Sharif Speaking Topics

  • Social Activism & Women’s Rights

    The methods of activism will continue to evolve along with developments in culture and technology. Leveraging social media to practice social activism for Social reform in correlation to women. What is the context in Saudi and other countries in the region? Are women here still denied their basic rights to education and freedom, and face violence and abuse? What is being done about it and where does religion stand?

  • Women Empowerment & Women in Tech

    Why is it important for women to acknowledge the special status they deserve in society? What difference can our actions make to the position of women now and for the future? Her story about how it is to be a working woman in a mostly male-dominated career field world-wide and specifically in Saudi Arabia. The challenges, the facts and the reality and how they can either make you or break you.

Manal al-Sharif Videos

  • The Big Friday of Social Entrepreneurship - Manal al-Sharif
    The Big Friday of Social Entrepreneurship - Manal al-Sharif
  • Manal al-Sharif on defying Saudi Arabia's driving ban
    Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif discusses defying Saudi Arabia's driving ban and the cost of campaigning.
  • Manal al-Sharif: Saudi Arabia’s rebel with a cause
    Manal al-Sharif didn’t hear pop music until she was 21. Later, she was sent to jail for “driving while female.” She tells Jan Fran what it's...

Manal al-Sharif Books

FAQs on booking Manal al-Sharif

  • How do I book Manal al-Sharif to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Manal al-Sharif for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Manal al-Sharif, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Manal al-Sharif or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Manal al-Sharif

    Speaking fees for Manal al-Sharif, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Manal al-Sharif are $30,000 - $50,000 for live events and $10,000 - $20,000 for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Manal al-Sharif, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Manal al-Sharif speak about?

  • Where does Manal al-Sharif travel from?

    Manal al-Sharif generally travels from Sydney, Australia, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Manal al-Sharif’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Manal al-Sharif for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Manal al-Sharif for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Manal al-Sharif or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Manal al-Sharif is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Social Activism & Women’s Rights and Women Empowerment & Women in Tech. The estimated speaking fee range to book Manal al-Sharif for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Manal al-Sharif generally travels from SydneyAustralia and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Laura Ling, Erin Gruwell, Olga Custodio, Kristie Kennedy and Fran Hauser. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Manal al-Sharif for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Manal al-Sharif Speaking Topics

  • Social Activism & Women’s Rights

    The methods of activism will continue to evolve along with developments in culture and technology. Leveraging social media to practice social activism for Social reform in correlation to women. What is the context in Saudi and other countries in the region? Are women here still denied their basic rights to education and freedom, and face violence and abuse? What is being done about it and where does religion stand?

  • Women Empowerment & Women in Tech

    Why is it important for women to acknowledge the special status they deserve in society? What difference can our actions make to the position of women now and for the future? Her story about how it is to be a working woman in a mostly male-dominated career field world-wide and specifically in Saudi Arabia. The challenges, the facts and the reality and how they can either make you or break you.

Manal al-Sharif Speaker Videos

  • The Big Friday of Social Entrepreneurship - Manal al-Sharif
    The Big Friday of Social Entrepreneurship - Manal al-Sharif
    Manal al-Sharif on defying Saudi Arabia's driving ban
    Saudi activist Manal al-Sharif discusses defying Saudi Arabia's driving ban and the cost of campaigning.
  • Manal al-Sharif: Saudi Arabia’s rebel with a cause
    Manal al-Sharif didn’t hear pop music until she was 21. Later, she was sent to jail for “driving while female.” She tells Jan Fran what it's like as a woman in Saudi Arabia -- and why she still...
    Driving Change in the Middle East: A Conversation with Manal Al-Sharif
  • Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive
    There's no actual law against women driving in Saudi Arabia. But it's forbidden. Two years ago, Manal al-Sharif decided to encourage women to drive by doing so -- and filming herself for YouTube....
    Manal al-Sharif - منال الشريف - San Francisco Freedom Forum 2012 ...

Manal al-Sharif News

  • I Left My Son in a Kingdom of Men - The New York Times

    Manal al-Sharif is the author of the forthcoming memoir “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening.” Follow The New York Times Opinion section on Facebook and Twitter (@NYTopinion), and sign up for the Opinion Today newsletter. A version of this op-ed appears in print on June 11, 2017, on Page SR7 of the New  ...

  • Manal al-Sharif: What is next for women in Saudi Arabia after being ...

    Manal al-Sharif, a women's rights activist, is author of “Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman's Awakening.” Saudi Arabia is finally freeing itself from the grip of decades of religious fundamentalism. The key to this change? Car keys. On Sept. 26, the Saudi government formally announced that it would lift the ban on women driving.

  • Meet the 2018 Glamour Women of the Year

    For the past 28 years, the 'Glamour' Women of the Year Awards has honored game changers, rule breakers, and trailblazers. This year’s class of extraordinary females is no exception.

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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