Professor Aaqil Ahmed
media consultant; former head of religion and ethics at both BBC and Channel 4; columnist, The Arab Weekly

Aaqil Ahmed is the former head of religion and ethics at both the BBC and Channel 4. At the BBC his role included commissioning religion TV, running in house TV and radio production in Salford and Belfast as well as being the head of religion internally and externally.

At Channel 4, he was also the head of multicultural programming. Winning numerous awards from BAFTA, Emmy to Royal Television Society, as well as nominations including Grierson and Oscar.

Prior to becoming a commissioning editor Aaqil held many roles across factual and news and current affairs at the BBC. Working on major news events such as the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales and executive producing flag ship documentary series Everyman.

He has just set up Aaqil Ahmed Media Consultancy and is working amongst many things on a number of television projects, creating a religion/media foundation and writing a column for Dubai based newspaper The Arab Weekly.

Aaqil is professor of media at the University of Bolton and a published, writer and speaker on media, diversity and culture.

Follow Aaqil on Twitter @aaqil1969