Riz Khan

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Riz Khan is a recognized face worldwide. He worked as a presenter, anchor and reporter at the BBC and as senior anchor at CNN, where the 1500 interviews he conducted for his interactive interview show, Q&A with Riz Khan, included more world leaders than any other global news show at the time, numbering among them the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, Former US Presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela.

He joined the Al Jazeera network in 2005 to set up its English-language channel and to host its flagship programme, Riz Khan – a daily, live, interactive, topical show featuring the world’s top newsmakers. He also gained recognition for his flagship weekly profile show, Riz Khan’s One on One Show, featuring a diverse range of celebrities and guests from around the world.

Riz now runs an independent production company and works as an author, media consultant and moderator of high-profile international conferences. In 2005, he wrote his first book, Alwaleed: Businessman, Billionaire, Prince, which was translated into several languages and became a bestseller in the Middle East. Riz is currently in the process of publishing his first novel, centred on the news industry, to be released in early 2012.

Born in 1962 in the British colony of Aden, Riz and his family moved to London when he was four, to escape the civil war that created South Yemen. He attended the University of Wales, where he earned an honours degree in Medical Physiology and switched to Journalism for his post-graduate studies. Currently, he resides in Washington, DC, and travels extensively worldwide.

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