Ahmed Zidan





Ahmed Zidan is the deputy director of audience at Freedom of the Press Foundation, where he oversees the organization's audience strategy, social media, and newsletters. Prior to joining FPF, he was the deputy director of digital and social media at the Committee to Protect Journalists, where he worked for six years. Before that, he was social media editor of Radio Netherlands Worldwide, and editor of ArabNet, which covers tech entrepreneurship. He was also the editor of Mideast Youth, a blogging collective that championed freedom of speech and expression in the Middle East and North Africa, and that won many awards, including the 2011 Best of Blogs Award from the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle. He also worked as a freelance fixer and interpreter for several media organizations following the 2011 Egyptian revolution, and as a freelance journalist for various digital and print outlets. Hailing from Cairo, Egypt, Ahmed is fluent in both English and Arabic. In a former life, he studied medicine at Cairo University, obtaining an MB BCh. You can find him on Twitter @zidanism. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.