Sahar Bahrawi was born in September 1978 in London, England to Saudi parents. Four years later, upon her father’s completion of his FRCS from the Royal College of Surgeons in England, Bahrawi returned with her parents to Jeddah. As the family’s eldest child and only girl, Bahrawi spent most of her childhood and adolescent years immersed in the world of books and her own imagination.
Bahrawi is a passionate advocate for women’s rights in Saudi Arabia. She firmly believes that Saudi women of her generation must actively express and promote their thoughts and ideas if Saudi society is to evolve in a positive direction. For that reason, she cherishes her job in Dar Al Hekma; a leading female university in Jeddah with a mission to graduate leaders and entrepreneurs.
Through her job & writings, Bahrawi strives to contribute to the growing female empowerment movement in the Kingdom. Her first writing effort, the Arabic-language novel Sajeen Al Jasad, was published in Saudi Arabia in 2014.
Following her graduation from Dar Al Fiker High School in Jeddah in 1996, Bahrawi moved to Cairo to pursue her Bachelor’s degree at the American University there. She graduated in 2000 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Theater, receiving high honors as the top student in her graduating class. She subsequently obtained a Master’s Degree in Marketing from the American University in London (2006) and a degree in Professional Project Management from the Project Management Institute in the USA (2010).
Bahrawi lives with her husband, Khalid Suleimani; a successful Saudi entrepreneur and writer (author of 84 Tips to a Successful Business Startup in Saudi Arabia) and her son, Salman.