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Wadah Khanfar

President & Co-founder of Al Sharq Forum & Chairman of Common Action Forum, Former Director-General of the Al Jazeera Network

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Wadah Khanfar Biography

From war correspondent to Baghdad bureau chief to Director General from 2003 until he stepped down in 2011, Wadah Khanfar worked through the closure and bombing of Al Jazeera's bureaus, the torture and murder of its journalists and state propaganda smears. Al Jazeera's approach to journalism emphasizes "re-thinking authority, giving a voice to the voiceless," Khanfar said in an interview with TIME.

Former director-general of al-Jazeera broadcaster. When the al-Jazeera satellite channel began its broadcast in 1996 from the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, more than a digital revolution was born. For the first time,

Arabs, hungry for freedoms and democracy, were able to watch news programmes and talk shows in their own language and assembled by independent journalists rather than by government propagandists.

With an estimated 50 millions viewers, the network is being imitated across the region. When Al-Jazeera English started in 2006, it was 50 countries and 80m households, and by the end of 2010 it reached 130 countries and 260m households, and has more than 3,500 employees, according to the channel. Al-Jazeera has angered Arab governments by giving airtime to rebel movements and freedom advocates and tackling taboo topics like polygamy and apostasy.

As director-general of al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite broadcaster, Wadah Khanfar who worked for eight years was at the heart of the Arab spring. He made his name in the aftermath of 9/11 and led the transformation of Arab television that some believe enabled the Arab spring to take place. And the glory of those February 2011 days when 24-hour rolling news helped ensure the safety of the Tahrir Square protesters.

The hefty subsidy paid by the Qatari royal family to al-Jazeera, Khanfar always insisted, did not buy editorial influence. Furthermore, the support of the emir and the chair of governors insulated the channel from the complaints of foreign governments.

Born and grew up in a village near Jenin on the West Bank , son of a teacher, Wadah Khanfar studied engineering in Jordan.

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    Speaking fees for Wadah Khanfar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Wadah Khanfar are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Wadah Khanfar, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
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  • Where does Wadah Khanfar travel from?

    Wadah Khanfar generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Wadah Khanfar’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Wadah Khanfar for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wadah Khanfar for your next private or corporate function.
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    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Wadah Khanfar or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
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    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.
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Wadah Khanfar Biography

From war correspondent to Baghdad bureau chief to Director General from 2003 until he stepped down in 2011, Wadah Khanfar worked through the closure and bombing of Al Jazeera's bureaus, the torture and murder of its journalists and state propaganda smears. Al Jazeera's approach to journalism emphasizes "re-thinking authority, giving a voice to the voiceless," Khanfar said in an interview with TIME.

Former director-general of al-Jazeera broadcaster. When the al-Jazeera satellite channel began its broadcast in 1996 from the Persian Gulf state of Qatar, more than a digital revolution was born. For the first time,

Arabs, hungry for freedoms and democracy, were able to watch news programmes and talk shows in their own language and assembled by independent journalists rather than by government propagandists.

With an estimated 50 millions viewers, the network is being imitated across the region. When Al-Jazeera English started in 2006, it was 50 countries and 80m households, and by the end of 2010 it reached 130 countries and 260m households, and has more than 3,500 employees, according to the channel. Al-Jazeera has angered Arab governments by giving airtime to rebel movements and freedom advocates and tackling taboo topics like polygamy and apostasy.

As director-general of al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite broadcaster, Wadah Khanfar who worked for eight years was at the heart of the Arab spring. He made his name in the aftermath of 9/11 and led the transformation of Arab television that some believe enabled the Arab spring to take place. And the glory of those February 2011 days when 24-hour rolling news helped ensure the safety of the Tahrir Square protesters.

The hefty subsidy paid by the Qatari royal family to al-Jazeera, Khanfar always insisted, did not buy editorial influence. Furthermore, the support of the emir and the chair of governors insulated the channel from the complaints of foreign governments.

Born and grew up in a village near Jenin on the West Bank , son of a teacher, Wadah Khanfar studied engineering in Jordan.

Wadah Khanfar Videos

  • Wadah Khanfar | This House Would Pressurise Israel to Exchange
  • Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

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  • How do I book Wadah Khanfar to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Wadah Khanfar for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Wadah Khanfar, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Wadah Khanfar or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Wadah Khanfar

    Speaking fees for Wadah Khanfar, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Wadah Khanfar are $50,000 - $100,000 for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Wadah Khanfar, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Wadah Khanfar speak about?

  • Where does Wadah Khanfar travel from?

    Wadah Khanfar generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Wadah Khanfar’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Wadah Khanfar for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Wadah Khanfar for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Wadah Khanfar or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Wadah Khanfar is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Wadah Khanfar for your event is $50,000 - $100,000. Wadah Khanfar generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Martha Raddatz, Nicholas Burns, Josh Rushing, Richard Engel and Daniel Altman. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Wadah Khanfar for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • Wadah Khanfar | This House Would Pressurise Israel to Exchange
    Wadah Khanfar: A historic moment in the Arab world

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This website is a resource for event professionals and strives to provide the most comprehensive catalog of thought leaders and industry experts to consider for speaking engagements. A listing or profile on this website does not imply an agency affiliation or endorsement by the talent.

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