CEO, Integral Media
Founded by Wadah Khanfar, with a international team of diverse media expertise, Integral Media continues to build an Arabic language digital content hub focused on creating, curating, amplifying and enabling the production of quality online news and factual content based on stories, events and issues from the Arab region. Integral Media harnesses the dynamism and creativity of the new Arab Digital Generation to bring new voices and some fresh thinking to the region’s rapidly growing and evolving online space.
After the successful launch in 2015 of the Arabic edition of HuffPostArabi, in March 2018 Integral Media and Huffington Post mutually agreed to end their partnership having served the audience and region for 3 years. Integral Media launched a new platform, ArabicPost www.arabicpost.net in 2018, to build on what had successfully been achieved with HuffPostArabi with the aim to serve a wider range of audience.
President of the Sharq Forum Foundation and the former Director General of the Aljazeera Media Network. He now devotes much of his time to Al-Sharq Forum, an independent international Network with a mission to develop long-term strategies to ensure the political stability and economic prosperity of the Arab world and the region.
In addition, Khanfar was Editorial Director of Huffington Post Arabi, the Arabic language edition of Huffington Post, which was launched in Summer 2015, and he is also a speaker and panelist in many conferences and forums all over the world, where he speaks about the situation of the Arab countries, their future and their relation with the Western world.
His journalistic journey began with Aljazeera Arabic channel while he was a research fellow in Johannesburg in 1997, subsequently covering some of the world’s key political zones, including US-led wars on Afghanistan and Iraq. During his 8-year tenure at the helm, Aljazeera transformed from a single channel into a global media network. This period witnessed historic transformation in the Arab World including Arab Awakening. He was ranked first in Foreign Policy magazine’s top 100 global thinkers, and was one of Fast Company’s most creative people in business in 2011. Khanfar has a diverse academic background with post-graduate studies in Philosophy, African Studies, and International Politics.
During 2011, Al Jazeera covered the Arab Spring more closely than any other news channel and, by doing so, helped create global awareness of what is taking place in the Arab steers. As Director General, Khanfar steered the transition of the Al Jazeera from a single channel into a media network and a global media phenomenon. Since Khanfar left Al Jazeera in September 2011, he has been tremendously active and present on the ground in a number of the Arab countries in transition. He has an impressive network and excellent relations with world of politics and media.
His current affiliations include:
Member of International Crisis Group’s Board of Trustees
Member of the World Economic Forum’s (DAVOS) Global Agenda Council on Geopolitical Risk
Board Member of the Global Editors Network: empower editors-in-chief and senior news executives from around the world looking for the preservation of editorial quality when working with publishers, media owners and news suppliers
Member of Editorial Board of The Global Post