Raya Bidshahri

Founder & CEO, Aweacademy
Entrepreneur. Futurist. Author. Educator. Keynote Speaker. 

Raya Bidshahri is a serial entrepreneur, author, futurist and keynote speaker. As the Founder & CEO of Awecademy, Raya is one of the world’s leading experts alternative models in education, the future of work and exponential innovation.


She has been featured by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential and inspirational women globally and is a member of the Bett Global Education Council. Raya has been described as a techno-optimist, a communicator of popular science, and an advocate of curiosity, critical thinking, wonder, and awe.

Raya Bidshahri has been named in BBC’s list of 100 most influential and inspiring women from around the world for 2019 – alongside Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, American Congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio Cortez, and other trailblazing women.

The BBC 100 Women team is an award-winning brand within BBC News which started in 2013 with a pledge to represent women better in international news. 100 Women showcases the stories of inspirational women to a global audience of 426 million people a week. It is shown on TV, digital and radio platforms across the English speaking world and in 42 other languages.