Heba runs one of the world’s leading sources of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises. IRIN amplifies the voices of those affected by conflicts and natural disasters to drive more effective and accountable responses by the international community.
A Canadian-Egyptian multimedia journalist, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before joining the transition team that successfully led IRIN’s spin-off from the United Nations to a non-profit media organization. Her work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News and IRIN, among others, has taken her to places like Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Chad and Libya; and she received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for her work in northern Sudan.
Her recent TEDx Talk – Stop Eating Junk News – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones. She is a regular commentator on media coverage of crises, as well as humanitarian aid policy, in her published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. Heba speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.
Geneva Peace Talks. Speech at UN headquarters in Geneva on the International Day of Peace
Inspirational Women Series
Distinguished Alumni Interview
Moderator at World Economic Forum in Davos on humanitarian crises on the horizon in 2018
Contributed chapter to book: Africa’s Media Image in the 21st Century