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 Ahmed Benchemsi is an award-winning, US-based Moroccan journalist. He is the founder and editor in chief of, and a fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. Before joining Stanford, he was the founder, publisher and editor of Morocco’s two best-selling news magazines TelQuel (French) and Nishan (Arabic).

Ahmed was awarded twice “Best investigative Journalist in the Arab World” by the European Union (Brussels, Belgium in 2004, and Beirut, Lebanon in 2007). He was also keynote speaker for the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism network (Amman, Jordan in 2009 and 2011) and the Oslo Freedom Forum (Oslo, Norway in 2011 and 2012). Ahmed gave multiple conferences in Europe, the Middle East, India and North America, on Press Freedom, Democracy and Individual Rights in Morocco and the Arab World.

In the US, Ahmed has been recognized by fellowships in Newsweek (New York, 2005 and 2008) and the Los Angeles Times (LA, 2005), and was invited twice by the US State Department as an international guest (2000, 2008). He was also a guest speaker for several thinks tanks and universities throughout the country — including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Tufts, Brown and others.

Ahmed has published op-eds in Time magazine, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, Le Monde, the Journal of Democracy, and other publications. He is regularly interviewed or quoted in media outlets such as CNN, PBS, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, The New York Times, The Economist, Financial Times, El Pais, and more.

Ahmed has an MPhil in Political Science from Sciences Po (Paris), an MA in Development Economics from the Sorbonne, and a BA in Finance from Paris VIII University. 


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