2023 Tech Freedom Summit
Nury Turkel

Nury Turkel

Attorney, author, foreign policy expert, and rights advocate

Nury Turkel is an attorney, author, foreign policy expert, and rights advocate with nearly two decades of experience working in the intersection of law, business, government, and the human rights community. He specializes in corporate governance and regulatory compliance, national security, foreign policy, digital authoritarianism, and forced labor and issues of supply chain risk. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) after being appointed as a Commissioner by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in May 2020.

Mr. Turkel is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, where he works on US foreign policy and national security issues. He is also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. His policy-oriented essays appeared in major publications such as Foreign Affairs, Wall Street Journal, New York Times Foreign Policy, TIME, Newsweek, and USA Today. He frequently provides commentaries on TV and radio programs, including CNN, BBC, Radio Free Asia, Fox News, PBS, NPR, Al Jazeera, and France 24. He is also the author of “No Escape: The True Story of China’s Genocide of the Uyghurs”. In 2020, he was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and in 2021 was listed as one of Fortune’s 50 Greatest Leaders. In June 2021, he received the inaugural Notre Dame Prize for Religious Liberty.

He holds a Juris Doctor and a Master of Arts in International Relations degrees from the American University. Mr. Turkel resides in the Washington D.C. area.