Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Alaa Al Aswany
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Alaa Al Aswany

Industry: Arts & Entertainment

Designation: Author

Country: Egypt

Egypt's most famous author was also one of the most prominent protestors during the revolution to overthrow Hosni Mubarak in 2011. His best-known novel, The Yacoubian Building, addressed widespread social taboos and the issue of corruption, and was made into a big-budget film.

Al Aswany's works have been translated into 31 languages. He is currently working on his latest book, The Automobile Club of Egypt, and was named in first position in Foreign Policy magazine's top 100 global thinkers in 2011.