7 August 1982 |
Kagiso, South Africa
|Notable credit(s)||The Stream
|Title||Senior Presenter and Producer at AJ+|
Imran Garda (7 August 1982, Kagiso, South Africa) is a senior presenter and producer for AJ+, Al Jazeera Media Network's all digital video news and current events channel primarily based on its mobile app and YouTube. Previously he worked for Al Jazeera English, headquartered in Doha, Qatar. He also hosted Al Jazeera English's programme The Stream.
His media career began as a sports presenter/reporter for SuperSport in South Africa in 2002. While there he was published as a freelance writer on humanitarian, political and religious issues - which included a series on Bosnia-Herzegovina ten years after the Balkan Wars ended.
With Al Jazeera
Garda has worked in two different stints within the Al Jazeera Media Network.
Imran joined Al Jazeera English in 2006 and anchored the news and Inside Story from Doha, Kuala Lumpur and Washington DC. He also hosted the award-winning (RTS) The Stream until he left the network in 2012. He reported from the US, Sudan, Turkey, Egypt, Namibia, Bahrain, Lesotho, India, South Africa and the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. On 7 June 2012, Al Jazeera English announced that Imran would be returning to South Africa.
In 2014 Irman returned to the Al Jazeera Media Network as a senior producer and presenter for the network's digital channel AJ+ based in San Francisco, California but with branch offices in multiple Al Jazeera bureaus including Johannesburg, South Africa. He is currently based in San Francisco working with the main AJ+ crew.
Garda hosted 13-part series on the aftermath of the War in Gaza - "Focus on Gaza" and presented the long-form documentaries "The Father of the Turks", "A Voyage of Life and Death" and "India's Silent War". He also contributes feature articles and blog posts to Aljazeera.com.
Among the personalities he has interviewed
Former US Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill, Former Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf, Former Israeli Ambassador to the UN Dan Gillerman, Former US Special Envoy to Sudan Scott Gration, Former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan Kai Eide, Former Irish President Mary Robinson, Former IAEA Chief Hans Blix, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, Tibetan PM in exile Lobsang Sangay, Rwandan Foreign Minister Louise Mushikiwabo, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon, ICC Chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Former UN Humanitarian Chief John Holmes, Bosnian President Haris Silajdzic and philosopher Slavoj Zizek.
He has interviewed spokespersons and ministers from the governments of The United States, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, India and Pakistan, among others. He has also had the opportunity to interview non-state actors from groups such as Hamas, Somali rebel groups, Chechen rebels, Uganda's LRA and many more. He has chaired panels for the United Nations Human Rights Council and http://www.advertisingweek.com/.
- "Imran Garda prefers hot spots to the heat". Tonight (Independent News & Media). 25 September 2007. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- Day, Julia (10 May 2006). "Al-Jazeera bolsters sports team". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2009-01-23.
- "Goodbye Imran!". Al Jazeera English. 7 June 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.