Dr. Nina Ansary

Dr. Nina Ansary is a bestselling author, historian, and leading authority on women's rights in Iran. Her book Jewels of Allah: The Untold Story of Women in Iran received international attention and has garnered multiple awards – including the 2016 International Book Award in "Women’s Issues." In 2018, Dr. Ansary was appointed one of six UN Women Champions for Innovation, supporting the flagship programs of the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC).


She is the recipient of the 2018 Trailblazer Award from Barnard College, Columbia University. She has also been recognized as one of "14 Privileged Women to Change the World" by Marie Claire, been featured in Angeleno Magazine's "Living Legacies of 2016," and selected as one of "Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know" and "6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls" by The New York Times. Dr. Ansary has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, and The BBC, and been featured in a variety of top publications, including CNN.com, Newsweek, The Los Angeles Times, The UK Daily Telegraph, Teen Vogue, and the Yale Journal of International Affairs. 


Dr. Ansary is a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace, and Security and regularly presents her work at top universities, including Columbia, Oxford, Cambridge, New York, and Harvard, as well as the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington D.C., the UN Social Good Summit, and worldwide conferences in Dublin, Milan, and London. She also frequently moderates panels and discussions, most recently at the UN Women's Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Industry Forum 2017. 


Ansary holds an MA in Middle Eastern Studies and a PhD in History from Columbia University. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Center for Human Rights in Iran (CHRI), Columbia University's Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, the Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF), and Persia Educational Foundation.