Yalda Hakim

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Born25 June 1983
Kabul, Afghanistan
Alma materMacquarie University, Macleay College, Monash University
Member ofWEF/Young Global Leaders/2019
Interests • ABC Australia
BBC World News presenter. Selected as Young Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2019.

Yalda Hakim is an Australian broadcast journalist, news presenter, and documentary maker.[1][2][3] Hakim predominantly presents on BBC World News, but her documentaries and reports are also on the BBC News Channel and on BBC Two's Newsnight.

She was selected for the Young Leader program by the World Economic Forum in 2019.

Early life and education

Hakim was born in Kabul, in Afghanistan. Her family fled the country during the Soviet–Afghan War when she was six months old.[3] The family travelled on horseback overland to Pakistan with the help of people smugglers. After two years in Pakistan, the family settled in Australia as migrants in 1986, when she was three years old.[4][5]

Hakim attended Macarthur Girls High School in Parramatta, Sydney, where she became a sports captain and prefect. She also attended Parramatta West Public School.[3]

Hakim went on to study for a Bachelor of Arts in Media from 2002 to 2004 at Macquarie University, where she was also a board member of the Macquarie University Union.

In 2005, Hakim obtained a Diploma in Journalism at Macleay College, Sydney. She then went on to study a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) via distance education at Monash University from 2007 to 2009, in addition to a cadetship at the Special Broadcasting Service.[3][6]

Besides English, Hakim is fluent in Dari, Hindi, Pashto, Persian and Urdu.[7][8]

SBS and Dateline

Hakim returned to Kabul for her first Dateline report in 2008, and from then reported from across the world for Dateline and SBS World News Australia.

Beginning in 2011, Hakim co-hosted Dateline with Mark Davis, the two taking it in turns to present the programme in approximately six-week blocks, while the other was away on assignment.[9]

BBC News

In December 2012, it was announced that Hakim would join the BBC. Hakim had been in talks with BBC executives since April 2012, after being approached at a broadcasting conference in Brisbane. Subsequent meetings took place in New York, Dubai, and Afghanistan. She first appeared on BBC World News and the BBC News Channel in March 2013.[10]

In October 2013, she interviewed Hamid Karzai, the President of Afghanistan, for Newsnight.[11]

Since March 2014, she has made several appearances as the presenter on Impact, ultimately becoming the programme's main presenter later that year.[12]

In September 2022, she apologized after incorrectly announcing the death of Elizabeth Windsor.[13]


Event Participated in

Munich Security Conference/202317 February 202319 February 2023Munich
Annual conference of mid-level functionaries from the military-industrial complex - politicians, propagandists and lobbyists. The real decisions are made by deep politicians behind the scenes, elsewhere.


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