Elif Shafak: Award-winning novelist

Turkey’s most widely read female novelist, Elif Shafak has made quite a name for herself internationally through her bestselling novels that seamlessly weave together Eastern and Western storytelling traditions.

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Crafting narratives and stories that touch on diverse issues, from Islamic spirituality to women’s issues, Elif was awarded the prestigious Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in 2010 in recognition of her contributions to arts and literature.

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Not only is she an accomplished novelist, she also actively participates in international relations talks, and is a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), asidefrom being a member of Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy, World Economic Forum.

“The way forward is not by building walls: we have to build bridges.” – Elif Shafak

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