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Elif Shafak is an award-winning novelist and the most widely read woman writer in Turkey. She obtained her Master’s degree in Gender and Women’s Studies and a PhD in Political Science, and has taught at various universities in Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States. Her books, such as The Bastard of Istanbul (2007) and The Forty Rules of Love (2010), have been translated into over 40 languages. In addition to being a gifted writer, Shafak is also an influential political commentator and inspirational public speaker. 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 and La Repubblica. She is also a TED Global speaker, a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Creative Economy and a founding member of the European Council on Foreign Relations. In 2010, Elif Shafak was awarded the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.