Elizabeth Suneby

Speaker at the 2016 International Affairs Conference

Elizabeth Suneby writes books for children and teens to help them find their voice in a hopeful world, magazine articles to inspire all of us to live life to the fullest, and content for organizations large and small.

Her award-winning book, Razia’s Ray of Hope: One Girl’s Dream of an Education, is based on the true story of a girl determined to go to the new girl’s school built by Afghan native and CNN Hero, Razia Jan. The school is located in a village outside of Kabul where no girls had gone to school previously. Today, 450 girls attend and Razia has earned the support of the local men to educate girls, even when many are illiterate, themselves.

In addition to the nine awards Liz’s book has received, Khaled Hosseini (author of The Kite Runner) adopted Liz’s book into the work his foundation does with schools. Liz travels the country leading interactive workshops with students about the 69M children denied the fundamental right of an education.

Liz also leads interactive workshops for her “mitzvah-themed” books, bringing to life the Jewish value of making the world a better place though good deeds, along with “Mitzvah Meerkat” and his animal friends.

A graduate of Brown University, Liz lives outside of Boston with her husband and dog. She has a daughter in college and a son who just graduated. She is chair of the Advisory Board at the Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation, a member of the Advisory Board at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, and on the Parent’s Council at Connecticut College.