Maryam Ishani is a 15 year veteran of war, peace and reconciliation journalism for the largest news audiences in the world, including The Guardian, New York Times, BBC and Reuters as well as advocating for peace capacity building globally.
She has also been based the United Nations Headquarters working directly on peace-building agendas and at the Security Council as a Monitor and Reporter for The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict.
In 2009, Maryam left the US to work as a journalist covering issues of war, peace, and reconciliation in the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. You can see her coverage of the Arab Spring in Foreign Policy Magazine, her coverage of the US invasion of Iraq at Reuters, and her coverage of the National Dialogue Process in Yemen in the Guardian.
She was part of the team that drafted the first Freedom of Information Act for the first Tunisian Constitution, which became the benchmark for other post Arab spring constitutions. She has also served as country director for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting where she worked to raise the operational coverage of newsrooms across Iraq, Syria and Yemen.
In 2017, Maryam released her first feature length documentary “Changing the World One Wall at a Time” telling the story of the largest global street art campaign supporting the freedom for education and the right to learn.
Today, Maryam provides trainings for media teams working in complex assignments on best practices and is currently a staff journalist for Agence France Presse. where you can see her reports on the democracy movement in Hong Kong and her coverage of global diplomacy with Iran, among other top news coverage.
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