Amjad Atallah

Amjad Atallah is the managing director of Doha Debates, a solutions-focused global debate series launched in December 2018.[1] He previously served as a news executive, human rights activist and humanitarian.[2]

Amjad Atallah
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Personal details
BornGary, Indiana, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Virginia (BA)
University of Virginia (MA)
American University (JD)

A native of Gary, Indiana, Atallah received Bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor degree from American University's Washington College of Law. He is a member of the New York Bar.[3]

Before joining Doha Debates, Atallah served as Al Jazeera America's editor-in-chief and Al Jazeera English's bureau chief for the Americas. He also was part of the AJ+ launch team. Atallah was in senior roles with Al Jazeera 2011-2017.[4]

From 2008 to 2011, Atallah was as a director of the Middle East Task Force at the New America Foundation and co-editor of Foreign Policy magazine's Middle East Channel.[5]

In 1993, he co-founded Women for Women International, a non-profit humanitarian organization that helps and supports women survivors of war.[6]

In July 2018, Amjad was chosen to launch and lead Doha Debates, a production of Qatar Foundation.[7]


  1. ^ "Doha Debates back with a new concept". Gulf-Times (in Arabic). 2018-12-13. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  2. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  3. ^ "Amjad Atallah". Doha Debates. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  4. ^ "Amjad Atallah: Executive Profile & Biography - Bloomberg". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  5. ^ "Amjad Atallah". KCRW 89.9FM | Music, NPR News, Culture Los Angeles. Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  6. ^ "Amjad Atallah". Retrieved 2019-05-22.
  7. ^ "It's Time for a New Kind of Debate". Doha Debates. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2019-05-22.