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Khadija Benguenna

Khadija Benguenna is an Algerian writer, journalist and TV presenter who works for the Al Jazeera media network.

She is one of the Qatari-based network’s first news anchors and has presented several of the channel’s flagship shows, including Inside Story, Sharia and Life, and, most recently, the After Yesterday podcast.

Prior to joining Al Jazeera, Benguenna worked as a radio host for Swiss Radio International in Bern in 1994 and, before that, as a news anchor for Algerian state TV.

She has interviewed several heads of state, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the late President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Sudan’s Omar al Bashir, and Switzerland’s Micheline Calmy-Rey.

Benguenna has been ranked among the Arab world’s most influential personalities by Forbes Magazine, CNN and Arabian Business.

She is a permanent member of the Sant’ Egidio community (Vatican) for interfaith dialogue. She has worked with the United Nations’ High Commission for Refugees, and has paid several visits to Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.