Mariela Shaker: Indomitable Spirit
Date/Time: Thursday 2 February 2023 10:30-11:15
Session No: 730
Join Syrian violinist and refugee advocate Mariela Shaker for an inspiring talk as she shares her story of escaping the war in Syria, seeking asylum and pursuing her dreams to become an internationally recognised violinist. Using her music as a tool, she strives to build bridges, promote peace and raise awareness for the plight of refugees and vulnerable children, bringing people from different backgrounds together to fashion peace and love in our world.
Mariela Shaker is a Syrian American internationally award-winning violinist and motivational keynote speaker. She is the founder and director of Highams Park Music Academy in London. Former President Barack Obama named her a Champion of Change for World Refugees and honoured her at the White House in 2015. On the invitation of the International Rescue Committee, she performed for Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan. In 2017, Mariela was appointed UNHCR High Profile Supporter and was also honoured with the Anne Frank Promise Keeper Award in New York City.