Nabila writes about Arab/Muslim and ethnic minority communities in France. She has risen to prominence during her coverage of the Arab Spring as both an on-the-ground print reporter and a commentator on international TV and radio stations.
Her reports include exposing former British prime minister Tony Blair’s hugely lucrative advisory role to the Kuwait government. Nabila also divulged secret meetings between Blair and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya in July 2010.
In the midst of the Tunisian Jasmine revolution, Nabila revealed the flight of members of the despotic Ben Ali family and traced their movement to Paris, France.
Nabila filed exclusive first-hand reports from inside Gaddafi’s Libya in February 2011 at the beginning of the uprising when she was one of the few reporters on the ground. She interviewed both Gaddafi and his son Saif al-Islam.
Following Osama Bin Laden’s killing, Nabila was able to interview one his bodyguards who revealed that he had orders to kill him if the Americans tried to take him alive.
In May 2011, Nabila wrote a fiercely critical article of Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad, after meeting her in Damascus. In February 2012, Nabila revealed that Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik were killed in a targeted attack in Homs, Syria. Early in 2012, Nabila carried out an interview with a former Arab League observer to Syria who said he was ‘threatened with death’ if he criticised the country’s murderous regime. In June 2012, Nabila produced one of the first verified reports highlighting the human face of the Houla Massacre in Syria.
In the Spring of 2012, Nabila returned to her home country to report on the presidential elections in France which saw the Socialist François Hollande elected. Nabila interviewed the new President of France.
In May/June 2012, Nabila covered first-hand the first free elections for centuries in Egypt where she met the new President Mohammed Morsi. Writing in the London Evening Standard, Guardian and Independent, Nabila focused on the struggles of Egyptian women in particular.
Nabila writes regular columns for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, CapX, and London Evening Standard.
She also produces features and news stories for a wide range of other Fleet Street publications, including the Sunday Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday, Mirror, Daily Express, Sunday Times, and Sunday Times magazine.
Nabila’s work also appears in the US in The New York Times and in French newspapers like Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Parisien, Marianne, and L’Express.
She contributes to Middle Eastern outlets, including Arab News, The National, Newsweek Middle East, Asharq al-Awsat, al-Arab, Middle East Monitor, Middle East Eye, Gulf News, Daily News Egypt, The Gulf Today, Al Jazeera News, The Majalla magazine, and Think, the new Qatari current affairs corporate magazine.
Nabila’s articles are syndicated worldwide.
Nabila is a prominent political commentator for both television and radio. She regularly appears on the BBC News Channel, BBC News 24, BBC World News, BBC Arabic, Sky News, Sky News Arabia, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 News, ITV, Channel 5 News, Al Arabiya, CNN, PBS, CBS, NPR, American Public Media, Russia Today, Voice of Russia, Monocle 24 and other international channels and radio stations.
In the UK, Nabila regularly participates in flagship current affairs programmes, including the BBC’s Newsnight, Dateline London, The Daily Politics, BBC Breakfast, Woman’s Hour, Today, You and Yours, PM, Broadcasting House, and Sunday, the Sky News Press Preview, Sunrise, The Live Desk, and Boulton & Co, ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Al Jazeera’s Inside Story, and BBC Arabic’s Seven Days.
She has worked on the other side of the camera too, producing documentaries for prime time television in the UK for Channel 4 and ITV1.
Nabila also has experience working for French TV and radio stations such as France Télévisions (France 2, France 3 and France 5), Canal +, France Inter, Europe 1, RTL, BFM, among others.
Nabila is a Judge on the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize 2018.
Organised by the Varkey Foundation.
She won the 2017 Muslim News Ibn Battuta Award for Excellence in the Media.
Organised by The Muslim News.
Nabila was ranked Number 8 among the 50 Most Influential Arab Personalities of 2016.
Listing by The Middle East Magazine.
She won the 2016 Contrarian of the Year Award.
Organised by Editorial Intelligence.
She was a Judge for the 2016 & 2017 Sandford St Martin Trust Awards.
Interview of the Year 2016 Judge
Nabila was a Judge on the Arab Women of the Year Awards 2015.
She has been listed among the Top Muslim Women Twitterati for 2015.
Patheos: Hosting the Conversation on Faith
Nabila is a member of the jury for the first edition of the African Fact-Checking Awards 2014.
AFP Foundation & AfricaCheck.org
She was named one of five women who honoured Algeria in the Year 2013.
Nabila wins the International Media Awards 2013 “Cutting Edge” Prize in journalism.
International Media Awards 2013: Acceptance Speech Video
She is listed as one of the most influential Twitter account holders in the world by France’s national news agency, AFP (Agence France-Presse). Nabila’s account is the top one of just three French accounts currently recognised by AFP.
Nabila has been selected as a Board Member of the Global Thinkers Forum (GTF) – a non-profit initiative and a platform to create dialogue and bring current and future leaders together to discuss governance, society, and progress .
Global Thinkers Forum (GTF)
She is a winner of the 2012 Best Arab journalist in the West Award organised by the London-based Arabs Group network.
The Arabs Group
Nabila is an honouree of the 2012 Global Thinkers Forum Excellence in Innovation Award under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan.
GTF Excellence Awards 2012
Nabila’s Award Speech
She has been named by the United Nations DNA (Decide Now Act) “101 Innovation” in 2012 as one of 101 most innovative individuals in the world for social good.
Nabila has been honoured with the title Young Global Leader 2012 by the World Economic Forum.
The Forum of Young Global Leaders
She is a winner of the inaugural EMWI – European Muslim Woman of Influence 2010 Award.
Nabila is a Fellow on the pioneering 2010 UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Programme.
UNAOC Fellowship Programme
She was a nominee for the EU Journalist Award 2010 – Together Against Discrimination.
Nabila is a board member of the Franco-British Council.
FBC – 40 years of promoting Franco British dialogue
She is a British Council’s young influencer and innovator.
Tansatlantic Network 2020
Nabila is a CEDAR member – The European Muslim professionals network.
The CEDAR Network
Nabila holds an MPhil from the LSE (London School of Economics and Political Science) in International History, specialising in the Middle East and North Africa.
She gained an MPhil from Paris 7 University in British and American History and Literature.
Nabila has an Agrégation (France’s highest teaching qualification) in English and has held lecturing positions at Oxford University (Jesus and Oriel Colleges), the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (USA), and Paris 7 University (France).