Heba Aly

    Heba Aly

      Heba Aly is the Coordinator of the UN Charter Reform Coalition and a Senior Advisor to Project Starling, an advisory firm that helps states most affected by global crises negotiate better outcomes for their people in intergovernmental processes. An Egyptian-Canadian journalist, entrepreneur and thought leader, Heba is the former CEO of the world’s leading source of independent journalism about humanitarian crises, The New Humanitarian. During her tenure as CEO, she transformed TNH from a little known UN project - formerly IRIN News - to a thriving international media outlet respected on the world stage. Heba was also host of the Rethinking Humanitarianism podcast, considered a “must-listen” in the aid sector, where she convened frank, forward-looking conversations about the future of crisis response. Earlier in her career, Heba spent one decade reporting from conflict zones in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Her TEDx Talk – "Stop Eating Junk News" – drives home the importance of responsible journalism from crisis zones. In 2018, she was named by New African Magazine one of the 100 Most Influential Africans and by the World Economic Forum one of 100 Young Global Leaders under 40. In 2023, she and The New Humanitarian were awarded the Weintz Humanitarian Award by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, which honors a visionary public figure who has demonstrated superior leadership in a time of humanitarian crisis.

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