The ex-Newsround presenter covers almost everything from the Derby to the London Marathon, Wimbledon and the World Triathlon series.


Sonali Shah is a presenter, producer and broadcaster. She regularly presented the sports news on Radio 4’s Today programme as well as the news bulletins on BBC World News. A seasoned presenter, Sonali has hosted everything from sports to politics to entertainment, including BBC’s Newsround, Escape to the Country, Crimewatch and Watchdog.

After starting in hospital radio, Sonali joined the BBC where she became a producer and presenter for the World Business Report and The World Today. She then moved to Radio 5 Live, first producing and then reporting for programmes including Wake Up to Money. She later hosted Newsround, and filmed two documentaries in Afghanistan for the programme – Growing up in a Warzone and The Children of Kabul.

She has interviewed some of the biggest names in sport including Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic, David Beckham and Maria Sharapova. Sonali was on the BBC’s presenting team for the London Olympics as well as the documentary series Olympics Dreams, following the lives of British athletes as they prepared for 2012. Other credits include the Commonwealth Games, the Cricket World Cup, the Boat Race, Wimbledon, the Epsom Derby, the London Marathon and the Royal Wedding. A popular CBBC personality, Sonali is an Ambassador to the Prince’s Trust and has campaigned for Comic Relief, Sport Relief and Children in Need.

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

Speakers Breakfast

Understanding AI Now

Priya Lakhani and Anne-Marie Imafidon

Please join us in our JLab studio near Oxford Circus at 08:30am on Tuesday 30th April for our next speaker’s breakfast event. Following our sell-out event for IWD back in February, we will be joined by three fantastic speakers for an exploration of the uses, myths and concerns surrounding AI.


JLA, 14 Berners Street, London


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

Speakers Breakfast

Looking Ahead to International Women’s Day

Samira Ahmed, Eniola Aluko, 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, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH