Jamila Raqib is a nominee for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. She is executive director of the Albert Einstein Institution, which promotes the study and strategic use of nonviolent action worldwide. Since 2002, she has worked with political scientist Gene Sharp, the world’s foremost scholar on strategic nonviolent action. In 2009, they developed a curriculum called Self-Liberation: A Guide to Strategic Planning for Action to End a Dictatorship or Other Oppression to provide in-depth guidance for those planning a nonviolent struggle. Raqib represents the Einstein Institution at many domestic and
international events, including the Oslo Freedom Forum and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations. Her work centers on presenting a pragmatic approach to nonviolent action to activists and organizers, human rights organizations, academics, and government bodies. Raqib provides in-person consultations and guidance on nonviolent resistance and elements of strategic planning to groups in numerous countries—people who seek diverse objectives, such as opposing dictatorship and combatting corruption, and attaining political rights, economic justice, environmental protection, and women’s empowerment. She also serves as commentator on nonviolent action for various media outlets and oversees the dissemination of resources and writings on the topic.
Raqib holds a BA in Management from Simmons College in Boston, and is a Research Affiliate at the MIT Media Lab, where she’s exploring how innovations in technology and education, among other fields, can contribute to greater effectiveness in nonviolent struggle.