The BBC has revealed its list of 100 inspiring and influential women from around the world for 2019.

This year, the list focuses on the question,  “what would the future look like if it were driven by women?”

Biophysicist Zehra Sayers, Honorary Member  of the Science Academy  Turkey and a professor of molecular biology and biophysics at the Faculty of Engineering and Natural Sciences at Sabancı University has been hailed as a beacon of hope for the Middle East (Nature journal) for her success in her contribution to bringing scientists from eight Middle Eastern countries together.

During her 15-year tenure as chair of the Science Advisory Committee of SESAME project, she worked with a group of scientists including those from Israel, Palestine, Turkey and Cyprus, under the same roof to found a CERN-like laboratory. She shared the prestigious 2019 Award for Science Diplomacy for the feat.

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