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Politician, activist and TV presenter

GAMEELA ISMAIL


Egyptian politician, activist, media presenter and co-founder of Al Dostour political party. Creator, director and producer of the self-filmed “Hekayat Gameela,” or “Gameela’s Stories” Co-founder/leading member of Egypt’s Al Dostour political party. Gameela was named 39th in a list of the 200 most powerful Arab women by Arabian Business magazine in 2017. She is one of the founders of Medina, an online media platform which launched in 2016, and the platform on which “Hekayat Gameela” is published. “Hekayat Gameela” is a series of short films written, filmed and directed by Gameela, with her smartphone. The program is the first of its kind to be produced in Arabic, paving the way regionally for the concept of ‘Personal TV.’ The program and its concept won first place in MBC HOPE Competition in Dubai in 2017 for the best documentary work empowering women and society. In 2011, Newsweek named Gameela as one of the world’s 150 most influential women. In 2012 BBC called her a ‘Sister of the Revolution,’ along with three other Egyptian women. In 2015, Gameela was voted the most important and influential Arab politician in a CNN poll. In 2016, she was rated as 180th out of the 250 most influential women in the world on social media, which looked at Facebook and Twitter accounts. In the Media: Gameela has worked in the media since her graduation in 1986. She was a stringer /correspondent for Newsweek in Cairo for about 20 years, where she specialized in covering political Islam and terrorism issues. Later, she worked with Thomson Reuters, Cairo Today Magazine. During her years in the media, Gameela has presented a number of television programs on Egyptian TV and has received awards for her uniqueness in portraying the voices of the people through her street programs. Gameela hosted the political TV  program “E3adet Nazar” or “A Reflective Look,” on Al Nahar channel after 2011’s Egypt’s Revolution. Politics and Activism: Gameela is a founding and leading member of “Al Dostour” political party and a former parliamentary candidate. She has been politically active since 2001, when she ran for parliament in the constituency of downtown Cairo. She went through numerous political battles and took part in founding most of the movements calling for political change and defying the inheritance of presidential rule. Gameela was among the first to call for 2011’s Egyptian revolution. She participated in the establishment of Al Dostour and served as the party’s organisation Secretary in 2012.