Shrouk El-Attar is a distinguished advocate, engineer, and performer who has made remarkable contributions in her fields while actively championing important causes. Recognized as one of the BBC's 100 Most Influential Women of 2018 and honored as Young Woman of the Year 2018 by the United Nations HCR, she is also esteemed as one of the Top 6 Young Women Engineers in both 2019 and 2020 by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
With a wealth of engineering expertise, Shrouk is the Founder and Lead Electronics Engineering Consultant at Shrouk El-Attar Consultancy and serves as a Technical Fellow at Zinc Venture Capital. She has created compelling engineering content for renowned companies like RS Components and Digilent. Her prior roles encompassed impactful positions such as Medical Engineering Researcher for Cardiff University, Engineering Instructor for National Instruments, IoT Application Engineer for Intel Corporation, and Optical Network Development Engineer for Fujitsu Global. Notably, she has collaborated with NASA on the Artemis project, contributing to the development of the new Lunar space station (Gateway).
Shrouk's advocacy work has been extensive, particularly in refugee and LGBTQ+ rights. She has held positions such as Executive Board Member at the Association for Black and Ethnic Minority Engineers, Chair of Trustees of the Shrouk El-Attar Trust (a charitable organization focused on supporting the LGBT+ community in Egypt), Vice President of Engineers Without Borders UK, and Director of Diversity for the Electrical & Electronic Engineering Society.
Beyond her professional achievements, Shrouk is renowned for her performances. She is a celebrated belly dancer and performer, using her art as a means of protest and activism. Additionally, she embraces a captivating drag persona, challenging societal norms and empowering others through her performances.
Shrouk's journey to success was marked by overcoming obstacles as a refugee, initially facing barriers to higher education in the UK. Her tireless advocacy for equality, supported by human rights lawyers, resulted in expanded access to education for refugees. Shrouk obtained an MEng in Electrical & Electronics Engineering, signaling the beginning of her illustrious career. As a sought-after speaker, Shrouk captivates audiences with her engaging and thought-provoking speeches. Her speaking engagements encompass a range of topics, including LGBT+ rights, diversity in STEM, engineering, and the experiences of refugees. She has graced esteemed platforms like the Houses of Parliament and delivered a TEDx talk titled "Re-Thinking Gender and Sexuality." Sharing stages with influential figures such as Malala Yousafzai and Nicola Sturgeon further amplifies her impact.
Driven by an unwavering passion for engineering, Shrouk strives to empower diversity in STEM fields, recognizing their potential to address humanity's most pressing challenges.
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