Zainab Salbi

She founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership (1993-2011), Women for Women International grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 447,000 in 8 conflict areas, leading to a distribution of more than $120 million in aid and loans. Salbi is also the author of three books: the national bestseller “Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny, Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam” (with Laurie Becklund); Also “The Other Side of War: Women’s Stories of Survival and Hope”; and “If You Knew Me, You Would Care.”

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