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Samar Samir Mezghanni


I am a Tunisian/Iraqi writer and activist. Prior to joining the University of Cambridge, I studied Communication and Culture at the University of Birmingham and Psychology at the University of Tunis Al Manar.

Throughout my studies and after obtaining my Master degree, I worked with several international organizations such as the United Nations, the British Council, CIVICUS, the International Monetary Fund and the League of Arab States as a consultant, fellow or project manager.

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:

Research Interests


I am interested in creative writing. I started writing when I was seven years old and obtained two records in Guinness Book for World Records as the youngest writer in the world in 2000 and the most prolific writer in the world in 2002. I have written over a hundred short stories for children and published 14 books. Some of these stories were turned into a TV program for children.

I was honoured to receive many awards and certifications for my work from different leaders, foundations and associations. I was classified as one of the most influential Arab women in 2013 and one of the most important young leaders in the Arab region in 2012. I am a member of various International and Regional NGOs and a member of the Arab Thought Foundation Advisory Board.


Key Publications


I have published 14 storybooks in Arabic and French. I have also contributed to other writers’ publications with articles or essays on children’s literature. I lately joined a team of junior researchers to publish a study on Arab youth perceptions of the issues and the future they face in post-Arab-spring countries. You can access the study here: