Muslim Woman Named to Forbes 30 Under 30

Recognizing her success at a young age, Dr Alaa Murabit has been named one of the 30 physicians under 30 by Forbes magazine.

“It’s wonderful, It was definitely an honor.” Dr Alaa Murabit told CBC News.

Alaa was born in Saskatoon, Canada and lived there until her family moved to Libya in 2004. Art just 15 years old she enrolled in medicine school at the University of Zawia. During her last year in college she witnessed the Libyan Revolution of 2011 and founded the ‘Voice of Libyan Women’ a non-profit organization that champions women’s participation in peace processes and conflict mediation. A few years later, she joined the London School of Economics where she earned an Executive Masters in International Strategy and Diplomacy.

With 15,000 submissions, Forbes’s 30 Under 30 boasts a selection rate of less than 4%, making the list more competitive than getting into ivy league universities like Harvard and Stanford.

Alaa, who was named in Forbes health care category list, serves as a UN high-level commissioner on health employment and economic growth and a UN sustainable development goals advocate.

“My greatest focus going forward is, ‘How do we look at this huge gap in supply and demand in health care?’” she said.

“[And] also in terms of the other occupations that contribute to a fully functioning society, to ensure that we don’t find ourselves in positions where we’re at risk of any external stresses or conflict.”

The honor is not the first for the young Muslim woman.

Alaa’s work has been recognized with a Marisa Bellisario International Humanitarian Award, and places on Newsweek’s “25 under 25 to watch” and BBC’s “100 top women” lists.

Her TED Talk of July 2015, “What my religion really says about women,” was featured as the “TED Talk of the Day” and named one of four “moving TED Talks to watch right now” by the New York Times. In a gracious and humorous presentation, she speaks about the many lessons she learned growing up in a large family. It was there, she said, that “she learned about power structures, alliances, messaging, and, above all, the importance of ensuring your place at the table”. Watch it below: