Amir Jahangir


AMIR JAHANGIR    |     Founding President

A strategic communication and media professional, Jahangir has been Honored as the Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum for his work on initiatives to improve the state of media and its co-relation with innovation and development issues on media ethics.

He is the CEO for Mishal and has launched the flagship program for Pakistan’s media development by bringing press clubs & journalist’s associations on a common platform to identify gaps in issues impacting the society and media ethics. The initiative has brought more than 20,000 professionals together to understand the socio, economic and political challenges and their impact in the new economy. He has also worked on the national strategy to engage media to develop policy frame work and its dissemination at the grass root level. He is currently working on building a strategic framework for media to work on investigative journalism on anti-terrorism and counter-narrative in the country.

He was made Advisor to the Stanford Center of Innovation and Communication at the Stanford University on Journalism and Media in 2009. The Festival of Media 2010, Valencia ranked him among the top 10 media personalities in the world. Jahangir also sits on the Board of Alternate Solutions Institute, first free market think tank of Pakistan.

Jahangir is an Alumnus of the Harvard University, where has been part of the programs on “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century”, a program with Harvard Kennedy School.He has also been part of the Leadership Summit at Harvard Business School, as a partner with Prof. Michael Porter’s Initiative on Fast Growth Companies. Jahangir is also the only fellow of the Harvard Law School on the Program on Negotiation to “Deal with an Angry Public”, a program to address conflict and challenging issues in the context of ethical media practices.

Jahangir was awarded the Innovation in Health Journalism Award by the Government of Pakistan in 2009 and the Health Media Award for Innovation in 2010. He was also bestowed recognition for being the most innovative strategist for inter-clusters communication between media & communications and various economic growth indicators. He has received multiple awards by various national and international multilateral entities for his contributions for media development in Pakistan including UNICEF, WHO, Ministries of Health, Interior and Communications, Government of Pakistan.

Most recently he was the CEO for SAMAA TV, the first satellite news channel providing live transmission simultaneously from various cities in Pakistan and UAE. Various initiatives of Jahangir have earned him and the organizations he has worked with numerous awards at national as well as international forums. At SAMAA he conceived and executed the first program on innovation, a program in collaboration with the Stanford Center for Innovation and Communication by engaging the innovation journalism fellows from across the world. He has also been credited for creating the National Polio Control Cell to eradicate Polio out of Pakistan through a model of tripartite partnership between media, public, private and the donor agencies.

Amir has been a part of the launching team of the Competitiveness Support Fund, the first joint initiative of USAID and the Government of Pakistan. He worked on the medium-to long-term media development strategy for Pakistan as in-charge for the Innovation Journalism Program, a program in collaboration with the Stanford University to increase public focus on Innovation and cluster development. He has also been a strategic communication consultant to various other initiatives on economic & strategic development along with good governance. Jahangir also managed Pakistan’s partnership for the Global Competitiveness Network of the World Economic Forum and set a new benchmark for developing a comprehensive strategy for the Executive Opinion Surveys for Global Competitiveness Rankings of the World Economic Forum to collect soft data on Pakistan.

Earlier, he was at the forefront of the media industry in Pakistan as the CEO for Television Business Production Limited, the leading production company for business and economic news programs. He was also the founding CEO and Board Member of the Vision Network Television Limited, which launched the first internationally branded business and economic news channel CNBC Pakistan. Jahangir at the age of 31 became the youngest CEO for any CNBC franchise in the world.

Jahangir has also been the Executive Editor for the monthly information technology magazine “Computer News”, where he started his journalistic career as a technology reporter 1997.

Jahangir has been associated with various research & consultancy firms for analysis on sectors including telecom, media, information communication technology and other socio-economic issues. He has been a member of various national and international associations where he has represented Pakistan, including the Competitiveness Institute (TCI), Marketing Association of Pakistan, Vista Research, a division of Standard & Poor’s, International Communication Association (ICA), International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR), International Association of Business Communicators (IABC).

Jahangir is a frequent speaker at Academic institutions like Harvard and Stanford along with at the World Bank, the US State Department and the various meetings arranged by the World Economic Forum from time to time.

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