Asad Ahmad is one of BBC London's television news presenters.
Although born and raised in London, Asad's career at the BBC has taken him around the country, regularly presenting Newsnight Scotland, BBC Breakfast, News24, Breakfast With Frost and reporting as the BBC's Scotland Correspondent, during which time he covered the foot and mouth outbreak and rioting in the North of England. He has also worked as a political reporter and presenter at BBC Midlands Today in Birmingham.
In July 2006, Asad became the first person to present an entire live news programme from the top of Nelson's Column in Trafalgar Square - a feat which is unlikely to be matched for around another 30 years when the column will next be cleaned and repaired! More recently, in October 2007, he was the first television journalist to be given unrestricted access to Darfur's refugee camps.
Asad's radio work saw him regularly present BBC Radio Scotland's Newsdrive programme and the mid-morning programme on BBC Asian Network. He has also been shortlisted several times for radio awards.
In December 2006, Asad was invited to America to examine the impact of the media on a pluralistic society, and in 2008 he travelled to the United Arab Emirates looking at how the Middle Eastern media deal with issues concerning extremism and its subsequent impact on society.
Asad has a specialist interest in security, terrorism and counter-terrorism initiatives and he conducted the first ever on-the-record interview with a senior MI6 officer.
Previously, he worked as a Foreign Exchange dealer in the City and a researcher at the House of Lords. After a year studying Physiology and Pharmacology, he went on to read Law. Asad is also a member of Mensa.
He enjoys travelling and says the best part of his job is meeting new people.
last updated: 05/09/2008 at 15:27