Heba Aly

Director, The New Humanitarian

Runs a leading source of original, field-based journalism about humanitarian crises: www.thenewhumanitarian.org. The New Humanitarian (formerly IRIN News) amplifies the voices of those affected by conflicts and natural disasters to drive more effective and accountable responses by the international community. Multimedia journalist; spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia before joining the transition team that led IRIN's spin-off from the United Nations to a non-profit media organization. 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 received a grant from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for work in northern Sudan. Recent TEDx Talk – "Stop Eating Junk News" – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones. Regular commentator on media coverage of crises, as well as humanitarian aid policy, in published work, in governmental briefings and at conferences around the world. 2018, World Economic Forum Young Global Leader. Member of the Forum's Global Future Council for the Humanitarian System. Named by New African Magazine one of the 100 Most Influential Africans of 2018. Speaks English, French, Arabic and Spanish.