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''. Marie Claire has profiled Dr. Ansary as one of 14 privileged women to change the world and she has been honored as one of ''The 21 Leaders of the 21st Century'' by Women’s ENews. Other recognitions include a feature in Angeleno Magazine's ''Living Legacies of 2016'' and selection as one of ''Five Iranian Visionaries You Need to Know'' and ''6 Women Who Build Bridges Not Walls'' by The New York Times. She has appeared on Fox News, Larry King, The BBC and CBS Radio and been featured in a variety of top publications, including The Los Angeles Times, The New York 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 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 Columbia University's Global Leadership Council, the Board of Trustees of Barnard College, MOP Foundation (Magic of Persia), the Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF), and Persia Educational Foundation.
Dr Ansary is a regular contributor to The Daily Beast and The Huffington Post and can be found on: Twitter (@drninaansary) | Instagram (@ninaansary) | Facebook (facebook.com/ninaansary).