The former Channel 4 News anchor and winner of Celebrity Mastermind also presents arts output and hosts the podcast How I Found My Voice. Combining wit, intelligence and a breadth of interests Samira is as comfortable with Hollywood as she is with Westminster or the RSC.


Samira Ahmed is an award-winning journalist, broadcaster and writer who specialises in the intersection of popular culture, history, politics, and social change. She is the presenter of Front Row on Radio 4 and Newswatch on BBC1, and was previously an anchor and correspondent on BBC News and Channel 4 News, where she won the Stonewall Broadcast of the Year award. She was also named British Broadcasting Press Guild Audio Presenter of the Year.

During her time as the BBC's Los Angeles Correspondent, Samira covered the OJ Simpson civil trial. Her three-part BBC 4 documentary series Art of Persia was the first major Western documentary series to be filmed in Iran for forty years. Her other documentaries include I Dressed Ziggy Stardust, HG Wells and the H Bomb, and Disgusted, Mary Whitehouse, for which she spent months studying the diaries of the morality activist.

Away from more serious issues Samira has shown her quick wit on The News Quiz and Have I Got News for You, her extensive knowledge on Celebrity Mastermind (which she won) and as host of the podcast: How I Found My Voice.



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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

We were joined at 87 Barts Close by three brilliant speakers on a panel that delved into the complex world of Artificial Intelligence. Over the hour our panellists de-mystified AI, speaking about AI’s immense promise for enhancing our lives, alongside the apprehension it has generated regarding job security, privacy infringement, and ethical considerations.


87 Barts Close, 87 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1A 7EB


Event - 06/02/2024 - 9:00 am

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, Julia Gillard, and Alex Mahon

We were joined by four fantastic speakers to look ahead at International Women’s Day. With the theme of this year’s event being #InspireInclusion, we were lucky enough to hear from four women who have each blazed a trail in their respective fields: CEO of Channel 4, Alex Mahon; the former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Kings’ Global Institute of Women’s Leadership, Julia Gillard; one of the leading voices in football, Eniola Aluko MBE; and broadcaster and journalist, Samira Ahmed.


Bishopsgate Institute, London