‘Palestinian by blood. American by birth. Kuwaiti by nationality. Egyptian by upbringing. Austrian by adolescence. Curious by nature. Employed by AJ+.’ Ahmed Shihab-Eldin’s Twitter introduction is a concise representation of his multicultural background. Shihab-Eldin (1984) is a Senior Correspondent for AJ+, Al Jazeera’s online channel. His award-winning interactive talk show ‘The Stream’ was nominated for an Emmy award for Most Innovative Program in 2012. In the same year he was featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list of ‘young disruptors, innovators & media entrepreneurs impatient to change the world’. For The Huffington Post Shihab-Eldin helped launch HuffPost Live, where he produced and hosted ‘World Brief’, a 30-minute interactive global news show, averaging one million views a day. In 2015 he also worked for VICE on HBO.
Shihab-Eldin’s passion is giving a voice to the voiceless and covering under reported global stories. He appears as a commentator for CNN, NBC, BBC, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, Yahoo among other platforms. He is often invited to speak at leading media, technology, and innovation conferences around the world, including the UN, World Economic Forum, SXSW, Aspen Ideas Festival & Google Zeitgeist.
Shihab-Eldin is not afraid to take a stance in his work. ‘I don’t think objectivity can ever actually exist in journalism. The aspiration for objectivity has been an excuse in some instances for not being bold and telling it like it is, as you see it sincerely.’