Humanitarian Leader to Give Commencement Address

Zainab Salbi

Zainab Salbi, founder of Women for Women International and its CEO from 1993 to 2011, will be the 2012 Scripps College commencement speaker on Saturday, May 12. Women for Women International is a grassroots humanitarian and development organization helping women survivors of wars rebuild their lives.

Salbi has been honored by former President Bill Clinton for her work in Bosnia and is the recipient of the 2010 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award. She was named one of 22 members of the Clinton Global Initiative Lead program, which brings together a select group of accomplished young leaders to develop innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing challenges. In 2011, Newsweek named her as one of the “100 Extraordinary Women Who Shake the World.” She has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University.

Salbi is the author of two books: a national bestseller, Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam (with Laurie Becklund), which documents her life under Saddam Hussein’s rule, and The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope. She and her work have been featured in major media outlets, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.