An unforgettable tale about a generation’s fight for freedom and justice.

About Iyad El-Baghdadi (NO)

Iyad El-Baghdadi is a writer, entrepreneur, and human rights activist who became a prominent media figure around the world during the Arab Spring.

In 2011, he became known as an eloquent rallying cry for the ‘Arab Spring Generation’ that kept the west up-to-date about what was happening. His tireless pro-democracy activism and satirical tweets, collected in 'The Arab Tyrant’s Manual', led to his expulsion from his life-long home, the United Arab Emirates. No reasons were given for his expulsion and he was left stranded in Malaysia without a home and family, being forced to miss the birth of his own son. Currently, he resides in Oslo as a political refugee, where he continues his work with a never-ending fervour.

When he is not being mistaken for the leader of ISIS, this Islamic libertarian researches various topics such as democratization, radicalization, liberty, and Islam. 

Due to unforseen circumstances, this speaker had to cancel their talk at TEDxUHasselt 2016.