Actress, Artist and United Nations Goodwill Ambassador
Yosra is a multi-talented Egyptian actress, singer, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador and international Arab cultural icon. She has been recognized as one of the most influential
people in the region, having been named by Arabian Business among The World’s 100 Most Powerful Arab Women and by The Middle East among the 50 Most Influential
Arabs. In 2015, she was granted the Achievement in Cinema award at the Arab Women of the Year ceremony in London. She has also received more than 60 local, regional and
international awards in recognition of her artistic leadership, most notably being honoredm at the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
Yosra’s collaboration with the internationally renowned director, Youssef Chahine, on successful productions including Hadduta Masreya, Iskendereya Kaman we Kaman and
Al Mohager cemented her status as an Arab film icon and superstar. Her award-winning acting and musical performance in The Yacoubian Building made her not only an Egyptian
household name, but also a recognized global talent.
After a career spanning 85 films and 20 television series, Yosra has used her incredible influence and iconic status to draw attention to pressing social issues, particularly human
trafficking. She engages in humanitarian and advocacy work for women, children and other disenfranchised groups. She has also publicly campaigned for the rights of Egyptian women
to become judges and continues to advocate for Egyptian women. Most recently, she was honored at the celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against
Women, held in Cairo by the Arab Women’s Union. She has been invited to participate in the World Economic Forum’s sessions in Switzerland, Jordan and Egypt in recognition
of her work in the humanitarian sphere. She serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for many United Nations institutions, including the United Nations Development Programme and
UNAIDS, the joint United Nations program on HIV/AIDS.