100 most powerful Arab women 2012
Sun 04 Mar 2012 11:26 AM
Khadija Ben Ganna
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Khadija Ben Ganna

Industry: Media

Company: Al Jazeera

Designation: TV Presenter

Country: Qatar

Khadija Ben Ganna has become one of the most familiar faces on Middle East television. Her defining moment as a journalist — and as a public face of the women of Islam — came when she decided to put on her hijab, on air, just one day before the Eid Al Fitr holiday. Overnight her cropped, modern hair cut and trendy Western style blazers gave way to a salmon-coloured veil, sparking a mix of public emotions. Ben Ganna worked in Algerian TV before joining Al Jazeera.