About Dalia Ziada






Dalia Ziada is a leading Egyptian human rights activist, socio-political analyst and writer championing women’s rights, civil rights, and liberal democratization


Awards and Honors: 

Dalia was selected by The Diplomatic Courier as one of the 99 Foreign Policy Leaders under 33 (2013), named by Newsweek for two years in a row (2011-2012) as one of world’s most influential and most fearless women, named by CNN as one of Arab World’s eight agents of change (2012), selected by Daily Beast as one of world’s 17 bravest bloggers (2011), received Tufts University Presidential Award for civil work (2011), received Anna Lindh Euro-Mediterranean Journalist Award for her blog (2010).


Professional history: 


Currently, Dalia works as the Founding Director of Liberal Democracy Institute of Egypt (LDI), a youth-led think tank promoting and advocating liberal democracy in Egypt and the Middle East. 

Before founding LDI, Dalia worked for three years as the Executive Director of Ibn Khaldun Center for Democratic Studies, and worked for six years as the regional director in Middle East and North Africa for the American Islamic Congress. 

After Egypt’s 2011 revolution, Dalia co-founded a political party and ran for parliament. She did not win a seat, but this experience motivated her to initiate a training program with the name “Egypt Political Leadership Academy” to help turn young revolutionaries into future politicians. 

Dalia writes a weekly column on current affairs in Almasry Alyuom, one of the most prominent newspapers in Egypt. In addition, her pieces of analysis on international affairs appeared in several respectful media resources in the US and Europe. 

Dalia Co-authored and translated several books on Egypt and democratization, including "A Modern Narrative for Muslim Women" in 2010, “Egypt, Whereto?” in 2008, and “The Internet and Arab Regimes” in 2006.  


Academic Degrees:  

- M.A., International Relations, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University 2012
- B.A., English Literature, Ain Shams University, 2002