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Shahira Amin is a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative focusing on Egypt, economics, energy, water access, and women’s issues.

She works in Egypt as a freelance journalist who contributes mainly to CNN’s Inside Africa and CNN’s digital platform. She also writes for Index on Censorship, a portal for free expression. Amin was formerly deputy head of Egyptian state television’s English language channel, Nile TV, but she quit at the height of uprising, protesting state television’s coverage of the developments in her country. Amin was also formerly a senior anchor and correspondent for the channel.

Amin has traveled the world covering major events and conflicts and has interviewed numerous statesmen and high-profile figures. She has been recognized by UNICEF for her efforts to improve the status of women and children in her country. Earlier this year, she received the American University in Cairo’s Catalyst for Change Award and is also a recipient of the Holme of the Year Award from the Gothenburg’s Handels- och Sjöfartstidning, connected to University of Gothenburg faculty.