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Jana Amin

Egyptian-American Activist

Jana Amin is an Egyptian-American  first-year at Harvard College. An advocate and community mobilizer for girls’ education and women in Islam, Jana has given two TedTalks to date, both inspired by her personal experiences. She has spoken at the United Nations on policies to further youth inclusion and gender parity. She works closely with The Collateral Repair Project, a Jordanian NGO to support refugee women & girls.

At Harvard, Jana is a member of the Kennedy School's Women's Initiative in Leadership and Coalition for Global Affairs. She is a mentor at the Radcliffe Institute and a first-year representative for the Society of Arab Students.  


For her 17th birthday, she hosted a virtual event, #17for17: Advocating for Girls' Education. Jana was recognized as one of Arab-America’s 20 Under 20 and one of The Conversationalist’s awardees in Education. She is also a founding member of the UnTextbooked Podcast and a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Massachusetts Chapter youth advisory council. Jana’s research focuses on the media representation of Muslim women; she curated an exhibit at the American University in Cairo. She has previously interned at the Harvard Kennedy School, with UN High Level Commissioner Dr. Alaa Murabit, and award-winning social enterprise NaTakallam. Jana’s mission? Uncover what she knows each girl possesses: a vision and a voice.