Zeinab Badawi has extensive experience working on a range of programs in television and radio. She is one of the best known broadcast journalists working in the field today. In 2009, she was named International TV Personality of the Year by the Association of International Broadcasters. She is the current chair of the Royal African Society, a Queen’s appointment to the Board of the Historic Royal Palaces, a trustee of BBC Media Action (the charitable arm of the BBC), a vice president of the United Nations Association U.K., and a board member of the African Union Foundation.
She is also a member of the World Economic Forum's Global Agenda Council for Africa. Badawi studied philosphy, politics and economics at Oxford University and she was awarded a master’s degree with distinction on Middle East history and anthropology at SOAS London University. Badawi is a former trustee of the National Portrait Gallery. She has been a board member of the British Council, the Centre for Contemporary British History, a former Chair of the London-based freedom of speech campaign organization, Article 19, and a board member of the Overseas Development Institute.