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 and The Forty Rules of Love. Her books have been translated into 47 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 de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2010 by the French government.

She has been featured in 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 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 

AWARDS & SPECIAL RECOGNITION
An active social media figure with over 1.7 million Twitter followers. http://twitter.com/Elif_Safak
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 Awards 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
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, second, 2014
Honour, Nominated (long listed) 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, Long listed for Women’s Prize for Fiction, 2013
Member of Weforum Global Agenda Council on The Role of Arts in Society, DAVOS 2013
Member of the 2013 judging panel for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.
Honour, Long listed for the Man Asian Literary Prize, 2012
The Forty Rules of Love, Nominated (long listed) 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, Long listed for Orange Prize for Fiction, London 2008
Founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations)
The Gaze, Long listed for Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, United Kingdom 2007
Maria Grazia Cutuli Award - International Journalism Prize, Italy 2006
The Flea Palace, Short listed 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