Mishal Husain is best known for being a newsreader and presenter on the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 and the BBC News at Ten on BBC 1. She has also guest hosted The Andrew Marr Show, as well as BBC Breakfast, BBC News at Six, BBC World News, Impact and HARDtalk.
Mishal Husain has reported from around the world in places as far and wide as the UK and USA, Abu Dhabi, Saudi Arabia, Florence in Italy to Pakistan, China, Egypt and Norway. She has covered everything from the Olympics to refugee camps, international summits to the Shanghai Expo, to royal weddings and assassinations. In fact, she covered the live stories documenting the deaths of Osama bin Laden and Benazir Bhutto.
Known for her friendly nature, attention to detail and ability to work sensitively but professionally, Mishal Husain has the ability to make a real connection with UK and international audiences of any size and from any industry.
Mishal Husain first went down the route of legal studying, reading Law at Murray Edwards College Cambridge, before obtaining a masters degree in International and Comparative Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
Her BBC career began in 1998 as a producer before becoming a presenter on BBC News and World News, and she hasn’t looked back. She has been front and centre for stories including the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Commonwealth Games. She was also picked to be the interviewer for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement chat.
She is a popular choice to host hard-hitting and critically acclaimed documentaries for the BBC. In the summer of 2011 she made a documentary titled How Facebook Changed the World: The Arab Spring, which documented how social media influenced the uprisings and protests in the Middle East in 2010. In 2012 she appeared in the documentary Gandhi, The Making of the Mahatma for the BBC. She also presented Malala – Shot for Going to School and Britain & Europe – The Immigration Question, as well as a pre-election live debate with seven parties for the BBC.
In 2009, The Times named her one of the five most influential Muslim women in the UK, followed by one of the 500 most influential people in Great Britain in 2016. In 2014, Mishal received the Services to Media award at the British Muslim Awards. Then in 2015, Mishal won the London Press Club’s Broadcaster of the Year award and the Women in Film and TV’s Presenter of the Year award.
In 2018 she published her debut book, The Skills: From First Job to Dream Job, What Every Woman Needs to Know. In the book, Mishal aims to inspire and encourage women to make their dreams a reality by focussing on practical skills. She gathered advice for women of all ages, whether they are new graduates, working mothers or simply seeking a career change.
Mishal has contributed writings to The Independent as well as a number of online publications. Examples of topics she has written about include COVID laws, diversity, elections and politics, equal pay, the national budget, NHS, police and rail strikes.
Mishal is available as an interviewer, for after-dinner or keynote speeches, panel debates, award hosting, Q&As and conference facilitation.
She has sat on the judging panel for the Amnesty International Media Awards, is an ambassador of the British Asian Trust charity, has been part of the non-profit medical service organisation Operation Smile and the charity Mosaic. In 2009 she chaired the judging panel for the Orange Prize for New Writers.
She is a popular choice for speaking at conferences, festivals and events. Her experience ranges from the Marketing Society Global Conference, Business Insurance’s EMEA Women to Watch, OKRE Summit, Cobham Hall’s Festival Day, South Asia Across Borders launch event, the Asia House Bagri Foundation Literature Festival and the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.
– TV Presenting
– Life in the Media
– Race & Religion
– Gender Pay Gap
– Political Broadcasting
It was great to have Mishal there, our audience was again really full of praise for her excellent moderating of the conference.
Thank you so much to Mishal. It was a fantastic evening and Mishal was a huge hit. What a lovely lady.
Ropes & Gray Women’s Forum Centenary Celebration Dinner
As always, we are very pleased with Mishal’s contributions. Her professional facilitation not only made the programme run smoothly but added a great deal to the quality of the discussion. She played a crucial role in ensuring the event was such a success.
Statoil Autumn Conference
Mishal was, as described by our chairman Ed Anderson, a consummate professional. What struck me was Mishal’s interest in digging deep and understanding the subjects as though she had been around the industry for years. Throughout the two days we had every confidence in her ability and presence, and with whom the business delegate audience immediately connected. Mishal ensured nobody got away with a casual or throw away remark without a timely and judicious probe or challenge. We liked this, our clients did too.
Airport Operators Association Annual Conference
It was our great pleasure to have Mishal host the 2017 Oslo Business for Peace Roundtable. Her distinct professionalism and experience elevated the conversations by helping panel participants appear at their best. All in all Mishal contributed in a great way towards our best event so far.
Business For Peace Summit, Oslo
Mishal was brilliant, a stellar speaker and the best Question Time host we have ever had!
Association of Corporate Treasurers Annual Conference
Mishal was wonderful, a real hit with the audience and it was great that she stayed around for the other sessions.
Investment Conference, Old Mutual Global Investors