Irshad Manji is an acclaimed journalist, author, TV personality and media entrepreneur based in Toronto. MS. magazine has named her a “Feminist for the 21st Century” and THE NEW YORK TIMES has dubbed her “Osama bin Laden’s worst nightmare.” She takes that as a compliment.
Currently, Manji is President of VERB, a TV channel being developed to engage young people on issues of global diversity. She also hosts BIG IDEAS, TVOntario’s weekly show aimed at college students, and is Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto.
From 1998-2001, Manji made media history as host and senior producer of Citytv’s QUEERTELEVISION, the world’s first program on commercial airwaves to explore the lives of gays and lesbians.
Manji's first book, RISKING UTOPIA: ON THE EDGE OF A NEW DEMOCRACY, chronicles how youth are redefining democracy in an age of fluid media networks, social values and personal identities.
Before that, Manji hosted and produced IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, a regular feature on Vision TV, the world’s only multi-faith channel. She also co-starred in FRIENDLY FIRE, a weekly debate series that tackled issues ranging from immigration to religion to military culture.
Manji has spoken at events as diverse as the International Women’s Forum Leadership Conference and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Conference on Technology, Learning and Culture.