International Women's Day

Mishal Husain


Mishal Husain was born on February 11, 1973 (age 43), in Northampton, England. Her parents are from Pakistan.

When she was two, the family moved to the United Arab Emirates, where her father practised as a doctor. Mishal attended the British School in Abu Dhabi; the family were also based in Saudi Arabia for a short period of time. She returned to the UK at the age of 12 to complete her education at Cobham Hall, an independent bording school in Cobham, Kent.She studied Law at New Hall, Cambridge (now Murray Edwards College, Cambridge), followed by a Master's degree in International and Comparative Law at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.

Mishal married Meekal Hashmi in 2003 and is now the mother to 3 sons. She is currently a presenter on the Today Program BBC 4 BBC World News and BBC Weekend News., having been presenter for HARDtalk and BBC Breakfast.

Why she inspires me

Mishal was named my Godmother at Allsaints Church in Putney, London. She inspires my because she has always stuck with it, no matter the circumstances. She said "Obviously, I hope what I've achieved is due to me. I honestly believe that there's space in the BBC for every accent and every look. But different looks do come in and out of fashion." She does not only stick up for herself, she sticks up for others.

'Looking for my grandmother's house' - BBC News