Samira Ahmed is a highly sought after conference chair, interviewer and professional live panel moderator for a range of arts, business and state organisations, and lectures regularly on journalism at universities and schools, using TV and new media clips for lively and engaging talks, tailored to each class or audience.
Her private conference and presentation work ranges across a broad range of subjects including cultural discussions and book launches with directors, authors, actors and historians for The British Museum, The Theatres’ Trust, the Southbank Centre, The British Council and the British Film Institute National Theatre Live and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
She specialises in events around science, culture and public engagement and has worked on films, debates and curated events for The Royal Institution, The Science Museum London, The British Science Association and Humanists UK where she chairs the annual Rosalind Franklin lecture.
Samira Ahmed has extensive experience in chairing public policy events around tackling violent extremism, child poverty and serious organised crime for a number of government departments since 2001 including for the Home Office, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Department for International Development and the Trades Union Congress.
She presented the Civil Service Awards for the Cabinet Office for the 5 years from their inception till 2010. She interviewed the then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and chaired a well received Q & A about plans to slash jobs and pensions at Civil Service Live.
Public speaking and events for charities and businesses in which Samira has participated included Opportunity Now, Linklaters, KPMG, St Alban’s Cathedral Trust, Teach First, the deafblind charity Sense, Refugee Action, the Fawcett Society, Amnesty International, Action Aid UK, Southall Black Sisters, the Hopscotch Asian Women’s Centre, and Downview Women’s Prison in Surrey.