Irshad Manji is a best-selling author, TV personality, media entrepreneur and queer Muslim. Ms. magazine has named her a "Feminist for the 21st Century" and Maclean's has declared her a "Leader for Tomorrow." Born in East Africa, Irshad studied at the University of British Columbia and became the first humanities student to win the Governor General's Gold Medal for top graduate. Irshad is the author of The Trouble with Islam, which explores why and how the Muslim world can move beyond anti-Semitism to embrace diversity. She is also President of VERB, a TV channel developed to engage young people on issues of global diversity, and is former host and executive producer of QueerTelevision, the world's first show on mainstream TV for gay, lesbian and curious straight people. She lives in Toronto where she is the host of TVOntario's Big Ideas and is writer-in-residence at Unversity of Toronto's Hart House.