Afrah Nasser

Journalist and Researcher

Country of focus: Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Yemen


Current Occupation: Journalist and Researcher
Organization/Institution: Sana'a Review
Language: Arabic, English, Amharic, Swedish

Afrah Nasser (@Afrahnasser), a former Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, is an independent Yemeni journalist, researcher, and human rights activist. She lives between Yemen and Sweden.

She joined the Arab Center Washington as a non-resident fellow in December, 2022.

Afrah is a former reporter at the UN Security Council in New York, the editor-in-chief of Sana’a Review online magazine, and a journalist at the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a. She was the recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award and many other honours. Her blog was named in CNN’s 10 must-reads from the Middle East and by Al-Monitor among the top in the Middle East.  BBC named Afrah in 100 Women Who Changed the World.  She has been featured three times as one of the 100 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine.

As a journalist since 2008, her work has appeared in Al Jazeera English, CNN, and Middle East Eye, among many other publications. Afrah has appeared as a commentator on Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and many more. She has participated in panel discussions with author Nawal El-Saadawi, US Senator Chris Murphy, and other prominent personalities. She has moderated panels, and workshops and conducted interviews at numerous live events.

Afrah authored a chapter in the Swedish anthology of essays, Everyday Racism, a chapter in the book Now That We Have Tasted Hope: Voices from the Arab Spring, and a chapter in the book  (يحدث في الطريق) Happening on the Street.

Afrah received her undergraduate degree in English Linguistics from Sana’a University and a master’s degree in Communication from Gothenburg University.