Speaker Presentation: Shahira Amin
She has also been recognized by UNICEF for her efforts to improve the status of women and children in her country (Certificate of recognition, Beirut 2009). She has hosted many high profile personalities on her weekly programme "In the Hot Seat" broadcast on Nile TV (Egypt TV's English Language Channel) including US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, US Ambassador on women's issues Verveer, US Secretary of Trade Ron Kirk, President of Finland Tarja Halonen ,Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, Former First Lady Jehane Sadat, Former Ghanaian President John Kufuor, Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, ILO Chief Juan Somavia to mention but a few.
Amin has also contributed articles to various publications including the Dubai-based The World, Egypt's state sponsored al Ahram Weekly , El Masry el Yom (independent) portal , Emirates News and others. Shahira resigned from her job on the 3rd of February in protest at state tv coverage of the popular uprising in Tahrir Square. She currently lives in Egypt and has two children.