BIOGRAPHY

Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read female writer in Turkey. She is also a political commentator and an inspirational public speaker. 

She writes in both Turkish and English, and has published 15 books, 10 of which are novels, including the bestselling The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and her most recent, Three Daughters of Eve. Her books have been published in 48 languages. She is published by Penguin in the UK and represented by Curtis Brown globally. 

Shafak is a TED Global speaker, a member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy in Davos and a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). She has been awarded the title of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2010 by the French government.

She has been featured in and contributes to major newspapers and periodicals around the world, including the Financial Times, the Guardian, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel and La Repubblica.  

Shafak has an academic background and has taught at various universities in Turkey, UK and USA. She holds a degree in International Relations, a masters degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science. She is known as a women’s rights, minority rights and LGBT rights advocate. 

As a public speaker Shafak is represented by The London Speaker Bureau and Chartwell Speakers and Penguin Speakers Bureau.

Shafak has been longlisted for the Orange Prize, MAN Asian Prize;  the Baileys Prize and the IMPAC Dublin Award, and shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize

She sat on the judging panel for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2013); Sunday Times Short Story Award (2014, 2015), 10th Women of the Future Awards (2015); FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards (2015, 2016); Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (2016) and Man Booker International Prize (2017).

She lives in London and can be found at www.elifshafak.com 
Twitter @Elif_Safak

AWARDS & SPECIAL RECOGNITION
Member of Berggruen Prize Award Committee, 2017
Caravan Award for Peacebuilding Through the Arts, 2017
Prize for Tolerance in Thinking and Acting, Prize of Honour of the Austrian Booksellers, 2017
Judge for The Sunday Times/Peters Fraser & Dunlop Young Writer of the Year Award, 2017
WOW committee member
Lahore Literary Festival Lifetime Achievement Award, 2016
Granted the Seal of the City and Certificate of Commendation by the City of Milan, 2016
2016 GTF Award for Excellence in Promoting Gender Equality
Judge for 2017 Man Booker International Prize
Judge for FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards, 2016
Judge for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction
Cultural Leader; Member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy, DAVOS 2016
Judge for the 10th Women of the Future Awards, 2015
Judge for FT/Oppenheimer Funds Emerging Voices Awards, 2015
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2015: Global Empowerment Award
The Architect's Apprentice, shortlisted for RSL Ondaatje Prize, 2015
The Architect's Apprentice, longlisted for Walter Scott Historical Novel Prize, 2015
Judge for Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Awards, 2015
Board Member of Free Word Centre, which promotes literacy, literature and freedom of expression
Member of English PEN
Cultural ambassador for The Ottoman Orient in Renaissance Art/ BOZAR
Member of the judging panel for the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award two consecutive years (2014, 2015)
Cultural Leader; Member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy, DAVOS 2014
Member of the Folio Academy
Women To Watch Award, March 2014, Mediacat & Advertising Age
Honour (Crime d’honneur, Phébus), Prix du livre Lorientales 2014
Honour (Crime d’honneur, Phébus) le prix Escapades, 2014
Honour, Nominated (longlisted) for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2013
Turkish American Society Young Society Leader, 2013
Honour (Crime d’honneur, Phébus), 2013 Prix Relay des voyageurs, France 2013
Honour, Longlisted for Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2013
Member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society, DAVOS
Member of the 2013 judging panel for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Honour, Longlisted for the Man Asian Literary Prize, 2012
The Forty Rules of Love, Nominated (longlisted) for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, 2012
The Forty Rules of Love (Soufi, mon amour, Phébus), Prix ALEF
Mention Spéciale Littérature Etrangère, France 2011
Marka 2010 Award, Turkey
Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, France, 2010
TED Global speaker
Ambassador of Culture Action Europe Campaign, 2010
Special Envoy, EU-Turkey Cultural Bridges Programme, 2010
Turkish Journalists and Writers Foundation "The Art of Coexistence Award-2009"
International Rising Talent, Women's Forum
Deauville, France 2009
The Bastard of Istanbul, Longlisted for Orange Prize for Fiction, London 2008
Founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations)
The Gaze, Longlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, United Kingdom 2007
Maria Grazia Cutuli Award
International Journalism Prize, Italy 2006
The Flea Palace, Shortlisted for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, United Kingdom 2005
The Gaze, Union of Turkish Writers' Best Novel Prize, 2000
Pinhan, The Great Rumi Award, Turkey 1998