Mona Eltahawy is an award-winning New York-based journalist and commentator and an international lecturer on Arab and Muslim issues.
Her opinion pieces have appeared frequently in the International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post and the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat newspaper and she has also published opeds in The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, Egypt's al-Dostour and Lebanon's Daily Star. She recently became a columnist for the major Danish daily Politiken and the online commentary site www.saudidebate.com.
Over the past year, she has lectured and taken part in conferences across the United States as well as in Canada, Denmark, Dubai, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Morocco, he Netherlands and Qatar. In November, she was named Distinguished Visiting Professor at the American University in Cairo, her alma mater.
Mona Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years, including in Cairo and Jerusalem as a correspondent for Reuters and she reported from the region for The Guardian and U.S. News and World Report.
Since she moved to the U.S. in 2000, Ms Eltahawy's views on Arab and Muslim issues have become sought after by producers and college campuses alike. She has been a guest analyst on ABC Nightline, PBS Frontline, BBC TV and Radio, The Doha Debates, CNN, Al-Arabiya, Al-Hurra, MSNBC, VOA, Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor and various NPR shows.
She was born in Egypt and has lived in the U.K, Saudi Arabia and Israel and is currently based in New York. She is a board member of the Progressive Muslim Union of North America.
In 2006, the Next Century Foundation awarded Mona its Cutting Edge Prize for distinguished contribution to the coverage of the Middle East and in recognition of her “continuing efforts to sustain standards of journalism that would help reduce levels of misunderstanding”. I
In 2003, she came in 2nd place for commentary in the Public Radio News Directors Inc. Awards.
Recent Speeches include:-
• United Nations University/United Nations Midday Forum, “Women in the Arab World: From Knowledge to Governance”, United Nations, NY, March 2007: Chairperson.
• Nieman Foundation Lunch lecture, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 2007: Presentation on moderate Muslims and the media – where are they and why don’t we see more moderate Muslims on our TV screens?
• Egyptian-American Professional Society 30th Anniversary Dinner, New Jersey, March 2007: Lecture on “Arab bloggers – Who are they and what do they want?”
• Politiken newspaper panel on Arabs, immigration and Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark, Jan. 2007: Speaker.
• Democratic Muslims of Denmark, Sharia in a modern context Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, Nov. 2006: Chairperson and speaker at the event.
• American University in Cairo, Egypt, Nov. 2006: Public lecture on “Does a journalist change the world or does the world change the journalist?”
• Dialogues in Diversity Conference, Noordwjick, The Netherlands, Nov. 2006: Participant at dialogue sponsored by U.S. ambassador to The Netherlands bringing together American and Dutch Muslims.
• PEN Freedom of Expression in the Arab World Conference, Copenhagen, Denmark, Sept. 2006: Presentation on Egypt and the Arab media.
• Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow Conference – Integration of Muslims in the West, Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2006: Participant and moderator of panel on media coverage of Muslim issues and panel on Danish cartoon controversy with special guest, Flemming Rose, culture editor at Jyllands-Posten.
• The Doha Debates, Doha, Qatar, January, 2006: Debate on whether Arab media needs lessons from the West. The debates are chaired by former BBC broadcaster Tim Sebastian, and reach a potential audience of 270 million through BBC World TV.