Wajahat Ali

Wajahat Ali

Writer & Media Strategist

Wajahat Ali is one of CNN’s 25 Most Influential Muslims. He’s a journalist, writer, lawyer, an award-winning playwright, a TV host, and a consultant for the U.S. State Department.

He helped launch the Al Jazeera America network as co-host of Al Jazeera America’s The Stream, a daily news show that extended the conversation to social media and beyond. He was also a National Correspondent, Political Reporter, and Social Media Expert for Al Jazeera America. He focused on stories of communities and individuals often marginalized or under-reported in mainstream media. Wajahat is also the author of The Domestic Crusaders—the first major play about Muslim Americans, post-9/11—which was published by McSweeney’s and performed off-Broadway and at the Kennedy Center. Currently, with Dave Eggers, Wajahat is writing a television show about a Muslim American cop in the Bay Area. Additionally, he is a Peabody-nominated Producer of the series The Secret Life of Muslims. He was also the lead author and researcher of “Fear, Inc.: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America,” the seminal report from the Center for American Progress.

Previously, as Creative Director of Affinis Labs, he worked to create social entrepreneurship initiatives that have a positive impact for marginalized communities, and to empower social entrepreneurs, young leaders, creatives, and communities to come up with innovative solutions to tackle world problems. Beginning in early 2017, Affinis Labs launched a global startup incubator network, aimed at identifying and fostering “emerging entrepreneurial talent from around the world that understands what makes the global Islamic economy special.”

In 2012, Wajahat worked with the U.S. Department of State to design and implement the “Generation Change” leadership program to empower young social entrepreneurs. He initiated chapters in eight countries, including Pakistan and Singapore. He was honoured as a “Generation Change Leader” by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and as an “Emerging Muslim American Artist” by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. Wajahat has given many presentations, from Google to the United Nations to Princeton to The Abu Dhabi Book Festival. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Salon. He regularly appears on CNN to discuss politics and current affairs.

Keynote Address

Civic Centre

The Keynote Address, running from 11:15am – 12:30pm, will be delivered by Washington, D.C., based Wajahat Ali. The son of Pakistani immigrants to America, Mr. Ali has a decorated and distinguished career as an attorney, writer, TV host, and media strategist, amongst many other accomplishments. He has worked as a correspondent and reporter for Al […]