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Firas Al-Atraqchi

  • Position: Professor of Practice and Managing Director at Caravan
  • Department: Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
  • Email: falatraqchi@aucegypt.edu
Brief Biography

Al-Atraqchi is a Canadian journalist and editor who has covered the Middle East and North America since 1992. Raised in different capitals in Europe, North America and the Middle East, he is very much a product of internationalism, bridging both eastern and western value systems. He has worked at the Middle East Times; Pose Magazine; Al Ahram Weekly; Daily News Egypt  as a chief editor; Egypt Today as an assistant editor; General Physics Canada as a senior technical writer; and editor of Imprint (Toronto), to name a few. Additionally, he is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post. In 1996, he received an award from the Arab League for accomplishments in the field of journalism.
 Between 2004 and 2010, he worked at Al Jazeera English as a senior editor for its online edition and was in charge of converging web and TV broadcast.

Since 2010, he has been the faculty advisor of The American University in Cairo's (AUC) student newspaper The Caravan. In 2012, he became co-founding editor of The Brics Post – a news website dedicated to coverage of economics and politics in Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

In July 2019, he became the co-managing editor of The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, the quarterly journal of the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy (GAPP) at AUC. Its primary aim is to be a focal point for policymakers, officials, academics, experts, journalists, students, and others in the Middle East region who follow global affairs. Firas has a BS in physics and an MA in journalism.