Ahmed Maher joined The National as a Senior Correspondent in 2020. Prior to this he spent 12 years with the BBC in London as a roving Middle East Bilingual Correspondent. He reported extensively in English and Arabic from Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen and Sudan. He was the BBC’s main correspondent in Iraq from 2015 to 2017, covering the war against ISIS in Tikrit, Ramadi, Fallujah, Sinjar and Mosul. In 2016 Ahmed was nominated by the BBC for the AIB Media Excellence Awards for his Iraq coverage and in 2018 he produced an award-winning investigation into addiction and painkillers in Egypt. Ahmed is British-Egyptian and studied Public Policy at King’s College London. He also studied simultaneous interpretation and Arabic-English linguistics in the American University and Al-Azhar University in Cairo.