Ahmed Shihab-Eldin is an Emmy-nominated journalist, producer and actor working as a senior correspondent with AJ+. Ahmed has worked for VICE on HBO, Al Jazeera English, The New York Times, The Huffington Post and PBS. He may be best known for creating and co-hosting Al Jazeera English’s flagship show “The Stream,” an interactive talk show nominated for an Emmy Award for Most Innovative Program in 2012.
Before joining Al Jazeera English in 2009, Ahmed helped launch the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar where he worked as a correspondent and led the site’s editorial content. Before that, he worked in New York as a digital producer for the PBS series “Wide Angle,” and a videographer for FRONTLINE/World, before joining The New York Times’ international desk.
In 2009, Ahmed began teaching digital media courses as an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School Of Journalism, his alma mater, where he graduated with honors in 2007. In 2013, Ahmed published his first book, “Demanding Dignity.”
Ahmed is passionate about telling stories that connect people across boundaries and borders that separate them. He appears as a commentator for CNN, NBC, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Yahoo and other platforms, and is often invited to speak at leading media, technology, and ideas conferences around the world – including the UN, World Economic Forum, SXSW, Aspen Ideas Festival and Google Zeitgeist. In 2013, the Network of Arab-American Professionals honored him with the 2013 Professional Excellence Award.