Afrah Nasser is a Yemeni journalist, researcher and human rights advocate for nearly 15 years who lives between Yemen and Sweden. She is currently a non-resident fellow at the Arab Center Washington DC.
Previously, she was the Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, a reporter at the UN Security Council in New York, the editor-in-chief of Sana’a Review online magazine, and a reporter at Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a. She is the recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award, and many more awards. Her blog has been featured by CNN among the 10 must-read blogs from the Middle East and among the top Middle East blogs by Al-Monitor. Afrah was named by BBC as one of the "100 Women Who Changed the World," and has been featured three times as one of the 100 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine.
A journalist since 2008, her work has appeared in Al Jazeera English, CNN, and Middle East Eye, among many other publications. Afrah has appeared as a commentator on Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and many more. She has authored a chapter in the Swedish anthology of essays titled Everyday Racism, a chapter in Now That We Have Tasted Hope: Voices from the Arab Spring book, and a chapter in Happening on the Street.
Afrah received her undergraduate degree in English Linguistics from Sana'a University and a master's degree in Communication from Gothenburg University. Afrah was born in Ethiopia and raised in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a.