Louay Ismail

Head of Jury

Louay Ismail is the Head of Programmes at BBC Arabic. He has worked alongside a number of creative journalists and filmmakers to produce a number of award-winning documentaries, including Broadcasting Hate, Saudi’s Secret Uprising, Starving Yemen, and Goodbye Aleppo. Some have won an Emmy and an AIB Media Award. Louay has launched TV programmes aiming to challenge stereotypes and the status quo, such as BBC Xtra TV, Into the Frame and Sportswoman. His work brings attention to communities and uncovers societal aspects that are otherwise neglected or underrepresented. He believes that journalists and filmmakers are the most effective people for bringing about change. Through his work he searches for stories to tell, and lessons to be learned.