Sidra Iqbal is a celebrated television journalist and a passionate development activist from Pakistan. She presently hosts and produces ‘Insight with Sidra Iqbal’, teh flagship current affairs show on the state television, PTV News. She is the first Pakistani to be presented the GR8 Women Award for Journalism 2014 by the Government of UAE and the Indian Television Academy.
Sidra is an accomplished media strategist.
Sidra won the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Champion 1999 in London and was invited to the Buckingham Palace to receive her Winner’s certificate from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip. This early achievement catapulted her as a powerful voice of development activism in the international arena.
She successfully represented the youth of Pakistan at a number of power-packed forums in Australia, Cyprus, Japan, Turkey, UAE, US and many other countries throughout her college years. She was selected as an Advisor by the Ministry of Education for their global initiative ‘Women as Global Leaders’ at the Sheikh Zayed University in Dubai. In 2007, she won a scholarship to attend the International Relations summer program at Oxford University. Presently, She is the Academic Ambassador of two higher education initiatives in the country, namely; ACCA Pakistan and Habib University.
Over the last 8 years, she has gained an in-depth understanding of national and regional (South Asian) security, political, economic, governance and human development challenges & environments, based on extensive experience in reporting Live, leading analytic discussions and interviewing the public leaders from Pakistan and abroad.
Her television career highlights include; coverage of 2 national elections of Pakistan (2008 and 2013), special series of financial policy debates of Pakistan Federal Budgets through 2007 to 2014, covering & reporting the US-Pakistan & India-Pakistan strategic dialogues, hosting and producing the popular youth-issues based TV show; ‘Mind The Gap’ and exclusive interviews of President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf, the slain Governor of Punjab Salman Taseer, Information Minister of India Ambika Soni, Former Minister of State UK Baroness Sayeda Warsi, Minister of Trade and Development of Netherlands Liliane Ploumen, among many others.