Nabila Ramdani at the World Economic Forum
Nabila Ramdani is a French freelance journalist of Algerian descent who specialises in Anglo-French issues, Islamic affairs, and the Arab World.
She has an Agrégation in English and has held positions of Lectrice(fr) at the University of Oxford (Jesus and Oriel Colleges) and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and of teaching assistant at Paris Diderot.
Ramdani began her career in journalism covering the 2007 French presidential elections for a number of UK newspapers, and working as a commentator for BBC TV and radio. She writes regular columns for The Guardian, London Evening Standard, the New Statesman.,The Independent. and The Observer
She also produces features and news stories for a wide range of other British publications, including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, The Express and The Sunday Times. Ramdani’s work also appears in Middle Eastern newspapers including The National, Gulf News, Daily News Egypt, and the Qatari corporate magazine Thinkand. She has contributed to the French publications Le Parisien, Marianne, L'Express, Le Monde, and Le Figaro.
Ramdani is a commentator for the BBC, BBC Arabic, Al Jazeera, Sky, Channel 4, ITV, CNN, PBS, CBS, Russia Today, and other international channels and radio stations. She has worked for French TV and radio stations such as France Télévisions (France 2, France 3 and France 5), Canal Plus, France Inter, Europe 1, RTL, BFM, among others.
In the UK, Ramdani participates in flagship current affairs programmes, including the BBC's Woman's Hour, Today, You and Yours, PM, Newsnight, Dateline London, BBC Arabic's Sabaat Ayyam (Seven Days), The Sky News Press Preview, Boulton & Co, and Al Jazeera's Inside Story.
Ramdani is a Fellow on the UN Alliance of Civilisations Programme and is a regular speaker at Wilton Park, the Doha Debates, Intelligence Squared and leading universities around the world.
She has worked with the League of Arab States, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), German Marshall Fund (GMF), Open Society Institute (OSI), CEDAR Network, Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), Franco-British Council, the Search for Common Ground think tank, and Institut des Cultures d’Islam (ICI). She is a consultant to the British Council, advising on projects like ‘Our Shared Europe’.
2012 Oct.: awarded the Global Thinkers Forum Award for Excellence in Innovation in a ceremony which took place in Amman, Jordan under the patronage of Queen Rania Al Abdullah.
2012: awarded the title Young Global Leader 2012 by the World Economic Forum.
2010: winner of the inaugural European Muslim Woman of Influence (EMWI) Award 2010.
2011 Feb.: filed exclusive first-hand reports from inside Gaddafi’s Libya.
2011 Jul.: exposed secret meetings between former British prime minister Tony Blair and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya.
2012 Feb.: uncovered compelling evidence of Syria’s ruling regime targeting journalists.
2012 May: filed first-hand reports about Egypt’s first free elections for centuries.
2012 Jun.10: produced one of the first verified reports highlighting the human face of the Houla Massacre in Syria.
Ramdani has been a constant critic of racist attitudes, especially in France.
Ramdani has frequently expressed skepticism about women’s prospects following the Arab Spring.
2011 May: wrote a critical article of Syria’s first lady, after meeting her in Damascus.
On 18 January 2012, while questioned on the BBC program Newsnight, she accused the British government of having "completely ignored the United Nations’ resolution 1973" which "resulted in Libyans dying on a daily basis", and condemned the NATO intervention in Libya as "illegal".
In a piece published in The Guardian in July 2012, she argued that Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, the French minister for women's rights, "has let down Muslim voters" by not introducing measures such as "women-only swimming sessions in public pools".
- (link: http://www.weforum.org/community/forum-young-global-leaders) and she is a board member of the Franco-British Council (link: http://www.francobritishcouncil.org.uk/pages/fbc-defence.html)
- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2157034/Syria-Father-finds-wife-children-victims-Houla-atrocity.html?ITO=1490 http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/a-beautiful-feeling-as-50million-egyptians-vote-in-era-of-democracy-7781634.html?origin=internalSearch