CEO and Founder, EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program)
Tarek Atia is a journalist and media entrepreneur. He is the founder and CEO of EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), a media consultancy, training, and production company, and publisher of the pioneering hyperlocal media brand Mantiqti (My Neighborhood), as well as the popular Arabic news and entertainment website Zahma. A well-known figure in the global media development community, he has designed and implemented capacity-building programs for over 6,000 journalists, editors and managers working across print, broadcast and online platforms. He was assistant Editor-in-Chief of Al Ahram Weekly, where he held leading editorial and managerial roles for 15 years and won local and international awards for his writing. He teaches digital journalism at Cairo University's Faculty of Mass Communication and the British University in Egypt, and is a frequent trainer on professional development programs at the American University in Cairo.