The daughter of a Welsh mother and an Egyptian father grew up in Canada and studied Immunology. She was a scientific journalist for the »Economist« und al Jazeera, and Deputy Chairperson of the UN Global Commission on HIV. Her first book »Sex and the Citadel« was published in 2013. It deals with a taboo: sexuality in the Arab world, which she considers as a key concept to understand social relations. Shereen El Feki lives in London and Kairo.