The Name

Bulbul is a type of song bird found in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. Known for its startlingly beautiful voice, it is a symbol of fluency and wit in the art, myth and history of the region. Today the label ‘bulbul’ is given to people who are particularly eloquent.

I have given its name a feminine spin by adding a letter A at the end of it, a playful reminder that this project is a vehicle that will carry the voices of a group of women from that part of the world, women whose voices are crucial in shaping our modern world.

Through their clarity and expertise, the bulbulas in our directory will help change the conversation between East and West in a positive and inspiring way.