Samira Ahmed

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Samira Ahmed is an award winning journalist and broadcaster, and a visiting professor of Journalism at Kingston University with a special focus on culture and its overlap with politics.

She presents the weekly programme Newswatch on BBC One and is one of the main presenters of the BBC Radio 4 Arts programme Front Row. Samira appeared as a contestant on Celebrity Masterchef, where she was able to demonstrate her passion for food and cooking.

Samira also presents television coverage of the Proms on BBC4 and previously presented two series of the BBC1 ethics discussion programme, Sunday Morning Live. Her other BBC Radio credits include Radio 3's Free Thinking, Radio 4's Something Understood, Sunday and PM and many documentaries including I Dressed Ziggy Stardust, Riding Into Town (about her love of Westerns) and The Fundamentalist Queen (about the life of Oliver Cromwell's wife). Samira writes regularly on culture and politics in newspapers including The Guardian and The Independent. She has a monthly column in The Big Issue.

Samira was previously a presenter and correspondent at Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award for her investigation into rape in South Africa and she made the Channel 4 documentary series "Islam Unveiled" about the status of Muslim women around the world.

She has been a reporter on Radio 4's Today Programme and Newsnight, where she uncovered a major charity scandal, and was one of the first journalists to investigate the emergence of radical Islam at British universities. She also covered the OJ Simpson case as BBC's Los Angeles Correspondent.

Her natural competitive streak found an outlet when she won Celebrity Mastermind in 2010.

Samira read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University and started her career as a BBC News Trainee.

She speaks German and Hindi/Urdu.

Samira's experience as a conference chair, interviewer and professional moderator include cultural discussions with actors and directors for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Film Institute, and also work for the United Nations, and several UK government departments, including The Home Office, the Department for International Development and the Cabinet Office. She has presented the Civil Service awards for 5 years.

Born and brought up in London, where she lives, Samira is a trustee of two charities: the Michael Palin centre for Stammering Children and the think tank British Future.

She gives school talks and lectures regularly on journalism at a number of universities and hosts an annual student Question Time for 500 sixth formers at St Albans Cathedral.

Samira writes for The Big Issue and The Guardian.

Her website is www.samiraahmed.co.uk

She tweets as @SamiraAhmedUK

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 

Samira's experience as a conference chair, interviewer and professional moderator include cultural discussions with actors and directors for the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British Film Institute, and also work for the United Nations, and several UK government departments, including The Home Office, the Department for International Development and the Cabinet Office. She has presented the Civil Service awards since their inception 5 years ago, most recently at Buckingham Palace.

Recent testimonials include:

Chair FCO Panel Discussion
We are delighted that Samira enjoyed working on the women’s rights event we hosted back in November. We certainly enjoyed working with her and were impressed with the seamless way in which she was able to pull together the disparate parts of our event; her knowledge on the issue at hand; the way in which she engaged with and welcomed guests; her assertive yet friendly style when chairing the panel discussion; and the genuineness of her approach – this was clearly a subject she was personally interested in.

Moderate a panel discussion at KPMG Inclusion Week
Samira moderated fantastically well which meant the relatively small size of the group didn’t negatively affect the impact of the event. I think her relaxed yet directive style meant people felt comfortable to contribute and she was very good at drawing out key points and managing the debate to schedule.

Talk at Queenswood School Speech Day
Speech Day went really well, and Samira was a perfect choice as speaker - inspirational yet irreverent. She packed so many anecdotes and so much wisdom into her ten minutes, and definitely left the audience wanting more, which is quite an achievement after they've been sat in a stifling hot marquee for over an hour!

Host London Sinfonietta
The event was successful, thank you and Samira was fantastic. We really threw her into it and she handled it all admirably. She is a lovely lady and we all enjoyed working with her.

Moderating the Rolex Awards
Thank you for the wonderful moderating of the afternoon, you held the content together wonderfully.. infact we were all saying how much we all wanted to hear more from you!

Facilitate The Theatres Trust Conference
Thank you for your excellent chairing, it was a real joy to work with you.

Host Discussions at Ecobuild
Your contribution was invaluable and the event as a whole was highly successful.

British Association of Learning Providers
We thought Samira exceeded our expectations in her role as conference chair and she really looked outside the box and ensured that the event was approached in a different way which was superior to previously presenters who had undertaken the role. Thanks so much for a job well done.

Security & Counter-Terrorism Conference
From start to end I thought you added so much to the event. I was so impressed at how quickly you picked up on all the nuances and challenges of the agenda. Your insight was a valuable contribution to the day. I loved working with you – both from a professional and personal angle and I really hope we get the chance to again in the future”

Euro event on Living & Working Conditions
You played a blinder (as we say) with the debate. It was far and away the best one we have had in all four events.

Business in the Community Awards
Thank you so much for last night Samira – you were just brilliant!   We’ve had lots of positive comments here today and you really did make a huge contribution to making the night such a success.  We thoroughly appreciate all the obvious time and effort you put into the role – it made life so much easier to know the hosting was in such good hands.

Contact Agent: info@knightayton.co.uk 


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