Meet Our Keynote: Elif Shafak

Meet Elif Shafak – an award-winning British-Turkish novelist and keynote speaker for this year's Global Ready Conference.


Smartling's annual Global Ready Conference will feature Elif Shafak as a keynote speaker.

At this year’s Global Ready Conference, we are thrilled to announce that our guest keynote speaker is a world renowned author, activist, and one of the BBC’s most inspirational women, Elif Shafak.

Watch Elif LIVE on April 12th at 10:30 am EDT

Elif Shafak is an award-winning British-Turkish novelist. She has published 19 books, 12 of which are novels, including her latest The Island of Missing Trees, shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award. She is a bestselling author in many countries around the world and her work has been translated into 55 languages. 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and RSL Ondaatje Prize; and was Blackwell’s Book of the Year. The Forty Rules of Love was chosen by the BBC among the 100 Novels that Shaped Our World. The Architect’s Apprentice was chosen for the Duchess of Cornwall’s inaugural book club, The Reading Room. Shafak holds a PhD in political science and she has taught at various universities in Turkey, the US, and the UK, including St Anne's College, Oxford University, where she is an honorary fellow. She also holds a Doctorate of Humane Letters from Bard College.

Shafak is a Fellow and a Vice President of the Royal Society of Literature and has been chosen among BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women. She is a founding member of ECFR (European Council on Foreign Relations). An advocate for women's rights, LGBTQ+ rights, and freedom of expression, Shafak is an inspiring public speaker and twice TED Global speaker. Shafak contributes to major publications around the world and she was awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. In 2017, she was chosen by Politico as one of the twelve people, “who will give you a much-needed lift of the heart.” She has judged numerous literary prizes, including PEN Nabokov prize and she has chaired the Wellcome Prize. Recently, Shafak was awarded the Halldór Laxness International Literature Prize for her contribution to 'the renewal of the art of storytelling’.

Elif Shafak’s Books:

  • The Gaze, 2006
  • The Flee Palace, 2007
  • The Saint of Incipient Insaınities, 2004
  • The Bastard of Istanbul, 2007
  • Black Milk, 2007
  • The Forty Rules of Love, 2010
  • The Happiness of Blond People, 2011
  • Honour, 2012
  • The Architect’s Apprentice, 2014
  • The Girl Who Didn’t Like Her Name, 2014
  • Three Daughters of Eve, 2016
  • 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in this Strange World, 2019
  • How to Stay Sane In An Age of Division, 2020
  • The Island of Missing Trees, 2021

Watch Elif LIVE on April 12th at 10:30 am EDT