Zeina Awad spent 15 years as an international correspondent and news producer for Al Jazeera English, Faultlines AJE, BBC, TRT World, CNN, and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She reported on top news stories from more than 20 countries across the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas. Her reporting was shortlisted for an Emmy Award in the news category (2008), a NIHCM Award for Excellence (2012), and a Broadcast Pro Middle East Award (2017).

In addition to journalism, Awad worked for the United Nations in several senior roles, including as strategic communication chief with UNICEF Iraq, senior speechwriter with UNESCO’s education sector, and as an investigative expert on the UN panel of experts for East Africa.

Awad is a life-long advocate of equality for women and girls. She reported extensively on sexual violence in conflict and on gender inequality, including from Libya, South Sudan, South Africa, Lebanon, Turkey, Central America, and the United States.

Awad holds an MSc in politics from the London School of Economics, a BA in political science and gender studies from McGill University, and certificates in leadership and management from Harvard Business School Online.