Souhair Alqaisi

Souhair AlQaisi is the distinguished CEO of Quantum Star Productions and a prominent figure in journalism and media. As a senior anchor and presenter, she has garnered significant recognition through her influential “#SouhairShow” on MBC. A social media sensation with millions of followers, Souhair leverages her platform for impactful humanitarian efforts. Her notable roles include being a former goodwill ambassador for the Iraqi Red Crescent and a United Nations World Food Programme celebrity partner. An inspiring TEDx speaker, she is celebrated as one of the most established Iraqi journalists and TV presenters in the Middle East.

Souhair’s career highlights include:

  • Beginning her TV presenting career with Al Arabiya TV in 2005, becoming one of their youngest presenters.
  • Gaining popularity, Fox selected her in 2008 as one of the top 10 well-known Iraqi personalities, particularly after hosting the politically charged talk show “From Iraq,” which was highly popular in Iraq.
  • Earning praise from the New York Times in 2010 for her pioneering election debate show on Al Arabiya, which covered the parliamentary race in Iraq.
  • Presenting “The Fourth Hour” on Al Arabiya between 2012 and 2014, a show that received high ratings and popularity.
  • In 2015, she received the Middle East Excellence Award for Influential Media Leadership, presented by the Middle East Excellence Awards Institute
  • Being recognized by Arabian Business magazine in 2017 as one of the most influential Arabs globally for her humanitarian work, including visiting high-risk areas in Iraq.
  • As one of the first UN celebrity partners, she visited West Mosul during the ISIS conflict in 2017, highlighting the plight of displaced people and victims through her social media channels.
  • In 2018, she was honored as an Icon of Iraqi Media by the Noon Cultural and Arts Foundation.
  • Hosting the 2020 podcast “I Saw ISIS,” where she shared her experiences covering ISIS attacks and her interactions with victims and IDPs in Mosul, Duhok, Erbil, and Diala.
  • Establishing Quantum Star Productions in 2021 and launching the “Souhair Show” from Erbil on MBC in April 2023, the first entertainment talk show of its kind produced in Iraq to international standards, featuring Arab and international stars.

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