Nimah Nawwab


Saudi Arabia

Known for

Poet, Writer, Photographer, and Activist


Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)

Nimah Nawwab


Nimah Ismail Nawwab is an internationally renowned poet, writer, photographer and activist. She was born in Malaysia to a Meccan family with a long history of scholars. Dubbed a “voice for Arab women and youth,” Ms. Nawwab is engaged with critical and emerging issues related to women and youth empowerment. She seeks to build bridges of understanding on a diverse range of social, professional, educational and economic issues in countries across the East and West. “The Unfurling,” her first volume of poetry, was published in 2004 by Selwa Press to international acclaim. As an activist Ms. Nawwab has been involved with numerous women’s issues including the forced divorce petition and case, the Qatif gang rape, and the guardianship of women and their professional lives. Ms. Nawwab is currently working on an initiative for a multifaceted, wholesome approach to youth empowerment, networking and development. She has conducted youth forums in several countries and was nominated as a young global leader at the Young Global Leaders Forum, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum (WEF). Ms. Nawwab is frequently called upon to speak at international events including the World Economic Forum, Japan Expo, UN Pavilion, Smithsonian, American University, Rice University, Ghalib Academy in India, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) at London University amongst other institutes. Her work has been featured in international media outlets such as Newsweek International, Al Arabiyah, Hindustan Times, the Malay Berita Harian, BBC World and more. To learn more, visit Ms. Nawwab’s web site at