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Dr. AlAnoud Al Sharekh

Major Positions

Director of Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy.
Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS.
Board member of several academic and non-governmental organizations.
Chairperson of Abolish Article 153, and of the “Friends who Care” project.
National Coordinator of the Women as Partners in Progress project.
Human Rights Activist.

Major Accomplishments

Dr. AlAnoud Al Sharekh is the Director of Ibtkar Strategic Consultancy and a Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and has held senior consultative and teaching positions in academic, governmental, and non-governmental institutions in the Arabian Gulf and abroad. She is a board member of several academic and non-governmental organizations, and Chairperson of the Abolish 153 campaign to end honor-killing legislations in Kuwait and the neighboring region, and the “Friends who Care” project for young girls (under 21) at risk within Kuwait’s social care system.

She has been a Visiting Fellow conducting research on GCC demographics at the LMEI, SOAS, Senior Fellow at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, Strategy Advisor at the Kuwait National Security Bureau, a consultant researcher at the Supreme Council for Development and Planning in Kuwait, and a gender politics consultant for UNIFEM, Freedom House, and the UNDP on academic and social outreach projects in Kuwait and the GCC. Al Sharekh holds a Ph.D. from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), where she has been involved in founding, funding, and teaching “Islam in Britain,” a multi-disciplinary course over the past 11 years. Other teaching posts Al Sharekh has held include full time posts at Kuwait University, Gulf University of Science and Technology, the Arab Open University, and as a visiting lecturer at Uppsala University, Sweden, Fulbright Scholar on Women and Islam at Whittier College, USA and Whittier College CEC Distinguished Fellow for Engagement with the Communities (2017-2018).

Al Sharekh's research won the Arab Prize for best publication in a foreign journal in 2014, and includes books such as The Gulf Family, and Popular and Political Cultures of the Arabian Gulf States, examining the persistent importance of family and tribe in modern Gulf politics and society. She was awarded the knighthood of the National Order of Merit by the French Government in 2016 for her dedication to improving women rights in the region.

Last modified: 01/09/2019

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