CV

Curriculum Vitae

Education:

ED-EXCEL (BTEC) Professional Certificate in Management Development Studies
Manchester Open Learning I Granada Television Ltd
Nov 99-Sept 00

B.A. Honors in Photography Film and Video
University of Westminster, Harrow College
Sept 88 – July 91
Graduation: 2.1

BTEC National Diploma in Audio Visual Studies
NEWI – Cartrefle College, Wrexham
Sept 86-Jul 88
Graduation: Distinction & Merits
2 ‘A’ Levels, 7 ‘0’ Levels, 3 CSE’s
Kingsway High School, Chester. Sept 79 – June 86

Employment History:

Nov 05- present
‘Al Jazeera International’ (English Channel) – P.O.Box 23127 – Doha, Qatar
Rolling 24 Hour International News
News Anchor & Correspondent Nov – 2005 present
Senior Correspondent South Asia         – New Delhi        – Sept – 2011 – January 2015
Senior Correspondent South East Asia – Kuala Lumpur  – January 2015 – Present

Jan 95 – May 2005
ITV Granada Television Ltd  -(Formerly at Quay Street), Orange,  Media City UK – Manchester M50 2HE
‘Granada Reports’
News Anchorman / Features Reporter
PSC Producer / Director

Winner of -The Royal Television Society Best Television Presenter 2003 for Granada Reports & Crimefile

June 03 – Jan 05
‘ITV News Channel’ (Network) – 200, Grays Inn Road – London WC1X 8XZ
‘ITV1 News (Network)
News Anchor – Rolling 24hr Network News UK

Nov 04
ITV Granada Television Ltd
‘Muslim Myths’
Studio debate host on unveiling the mystery around the Islamic faith.

Nov 96 – Dec 03
ITV Granada Television Ltd
‘Crimefile’
Anchorman / Reporter – Crime solving programme

Apr 04 – May 05
Channel 4 TV – CTVC for Channel 4 – Bushey, Herts WD23 1DR
‘Shariah TV’ (Series 1&2)
Presenter of a five part studio debate series on Islam and Islamic Law. It’s meaning and relevance to young Muslims in the U.K. today.

May 04
The Travel Channel – 66 Newman St – LondonW1T
‘Arabian Travel Market 2004’
News programme in Dubai highlighting the movers and shakers in the Travel Industry in the Middle East and South Asia holiday scene and what products and facilities are available to this years traveller. A Features & Travel Programme

Jan 04
BBC TV (London) – CBBC Education – TVC London W12 7RJ
‘Pathways of Belief’ (Network BBC2)
Location Reporter / Presenter in Tunisia
Documentary on Islam and its creation.

Mar 02 – Dec 02
ITV Meridian Television Ltd – Southampton
‘That’s Esther’ (Network ITV1)
Location Reporter: Social Action programme

Jan 00 – Jan 04
ITV London News Network – London Television Studios – Upper Ground – London SE1 9LT
‘London Tonight’
News Anchorman / Features Reporter

May 03
ITV Granada Television Ltd – ITV1 Drama
‘Blue Murder’ (Network ITV1)
Cameo Role: News Anchor in this Network Drama

Feb 03
Red Productions for – ITV1 Drama
‘Second Coming’ (Network ITV1)
Cameo Role: News Anchor in this Network Drama

Nov 01
Red Productions for – ITV1 Drama
‘Bob & Rose’ (Network ITV1)
Cameo Role: News Anchor in this Network Drama

May 96 & Nov 00
BBC Pebble Mill – Pebble Mill Road
‘East’ & ‘Eastern Vibes’ (Network BBC2)
Reporter – Current Affairs & Music Documentary

June 98
CNN International – Atlanta, USA
‘Global Trek’ (CNN World)
Presenter / Reporter – Travel Show

Feb 98
ITV Granada Television Ltd
‘Travellers Check’
Anchorman / Reporter – Holiday Show. A Travel Feature Programme.

Jan 98 – Jan 2005
BBC GMR (Radio) – BBC North – Oxford Road – Manchester M60 1SJ
‘The Asian Word’
News Anchor / Presenter
Current Affairs programme

May 94 – Dec 94
BBC White City – 201, Wood Lane – London W12 7TS
Producer / Director
Asst. Producer – BBC Education
Programmes: TV6 / You and Me / Autumn Launch 94′

Apr 94 – May 94
BBC TV Centre – Wood Lane – London W12 7RJ
Publicity Office Assistant
The Eurovision Song Contest 1994
Assistant: 1989/90/91

Sept 93 – May 94
Clark Television Ltd (for) – Carlton Television London
Senior Researcher
The Crystal Rose Show – Studio Audience Debate

Sept 92 – Feb 93
BBC Pebble Mill
‘Network East’ / ‘Network East Extra’ (Network BBC2)
Reporter: Asian Arts Magazine

Nov 92
BBC Pebble Mill
‘Children in Need’
Reporter: Annual charity fund raiser.

Sept 92 – May 93
BBC Pebble Mill
Researcher
Pebble Mill – Celebrity Chat Show

Apr 92 – Sept 92
BBC Wales – Llandaff
Television Production Trainee
Researcher: Daytime Chat show

Jan 92
Rahman Productions (for) – BBC Education
Producer / Director
Nagin – Graduation film sold to BBC Education for BBC2 network transmission.

Oct 89 – May 90
Hindi Picture (for) – Channel Four TV
Researcher
On the Other Hand – Asian Studio debate show

Jul 88 – Sept 88
BBC North – Manchester
Studio Floor Assistant

Apr 88 – May 88
RTE Television – Donnybrook – Dublin. Ireland
Researcher
The Eurovision Song Contest 1988 – Dublin

Jul 87 – Aug 87
BBC South – Southampton
Trainee Station Assistant

Awards & Nominations:

Whilst in the media, I have picked up several awards.

WINNER: The Royal Television Society – Best Television Presenter 2003 – for Granada Reports and Crimefile.

WINNER: The Asian Film Academy, Best male Television Presenter 1993 (BBC) and 1995 &1996 (Granada TV).

Finalist: Lloyds TSB Asian Jewel Awards 2004 – Contribution to Arts and Media

Achievements:

I have represented the media companies I have worked for at a corporate level, acting as host or speaking at conferences and gatherings as diverse as:
The Media Trust
BAFTA -‘ In Conversation with…’
The Foyer Federation
The Prince’s Trust (Ambassador for Prince’s Trust)
The Variety Club of Great Britain (Ambassador for Variety Club)
Greater Manchester Police – Young Citizen of the Year Awards & Making A Difference (MAD) Awards
Institute of Directors(IOD) (NW) Annual Awards 2004
Skill City Awards 2004
Merseyside Police – Business Crime Conference 2004
The Crown Prosecution Service Conference 2003
The Mersey Partnership – Women in Business Conference 04
The Annual Halle Orchestra Concert at Tatton Park
Business In The Community Awards – North West 04
Winning Women Awards North West, 2003, 2004 & 2005
The Qualification Curriculum Authority – (QCA) London, 2001
Trading Standards Institute – Young Consumers of the Year Final, – Cheshire & North West 2002/3/4
The Greater Manchester Health Action Zone, Cheshire County Council, Oldham Local Strategic Partnership Conferences, Department of Further Education and Skills; and The Core Cities Conferences as well as many schools and colleges around the North West.

I am also a Patron of Crimestoppers (North West), Ambassador for the Prince’s Trust, & Ambassador for The Variety Club of Great Britain NW.

I have filmed and production managed international shoots in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the USA. I speak five Indian languages and am an active health club enthusiast, play tennis and have traveled Europe extensively. At high school, I was the Chairman of the Sixth Form and School Council and received ‘The Governors Award for Services to the school 1984’, in recognition for my public speaking and captaincy of the school basketball team for six years as well as playing for the City of Chester.

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