Fatima Bhutto – Keynote Speaker

Political Poet and Writer

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Specialist Subjects

  • Empowering Women
  • South Asia
  • Middle East
  • Democracy


  • English


Fatima Bhutto has spoken widely about leadership especially regarding women, the role of violence in politics, the challenges of democracy, and the Middle East and South Asia.

Bhutto was born under curfew in Kabul, Afghanistan in 1982. Her father, Murtaza, was in exile from his home country of Pakistan whose military junta had executed his father, Pakistan’s first democratically elected head of state Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. She grew up between Syria and Pakistan.

Her work has since appeared in The Financial Times, Granta, Vogue UK and Vogue India, The New Statesman, Porter, The Nation and The Guardian, among other publications. Fatima Bhutto has published four books, most recently Songs of Blood and Sword, a non-fiction account of Pakistani politics and her family, and a novel, The Shadow of the Crescent Moon, which was long listed for the Bailey’s Prize in 2014 and won the Prix de la Romanciere in 2014.

In 2012, Fatima Bhutto was selected to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economics Forum, one of 192 YGLs from 59 countries, all of whom were chosen for their outstanding leadership, professional accomplishments and commitment to society.

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