More about Tarek Zeidan

Panel Speaker for Dismantling Oppressive Structures: LGBTQ Rights in the Arab World

Tarek Zeidan is a sexual and bodily rights activist from Beirut, Lebanon advocating for the protection of LGBT individuals and groups in the MENA region.

He works with minorities and vulnerable populations including refugees, sex workers, migrant workers, and drug users and was the chairperson of Helem, the first LGBT rights organization in the Arab World, founded in Beirut in 2004.

He works with minorities and vulnerable populations including refugees, sex workers, migrant workers, and drug users and was the chairperson of Helem, the first LGBT rights organization in the Arab World, founded in Beirut in 2004. Tarek is currently pursuing his Master’s degree at the Harvard Kennedy School specializing in human rights law and advocacy where he is also an Emirates Leadership Initiative Fellow at the Harvard Center for Public Leadership and an Emerging Human Rights Leader at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard.

Tarek specializes in strategic and comparative advocacy and has conducted research on LGBTQ movements in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Africa. He previously worked as communications manager for the Brookings Institution’s Doha Center and director of communications and strategic planning for the Carnegie Endowment’s Middle East Center.