Pakinam Amer is an award-winning investigative journalist with more than a decade's experience in news reporting and editing. Before joining Nature Research, Pakinam specialized in current affairs, reporting on conflict and the political climate in Egypt and the Arab world.
She wrote for several news organizations, including the Associated Press (AP); the German News Agency (DPA); Al-Masry Al-Youm’s English edition, Egypt Today and Business Today magazines. She's had bylines in the Financial Times, World Politics Review and work experience in the Independent, the Sunday Times, and Hardcash Productions, Emmy-winning creators of first-class documentary films and video features.
In 2012, she won the prestigious EU-sponsored Samir Kassir Award for the year's best investigative feature.
She holds a BA in print journalism and a minor degree in psychology from the American University in Cairo (AUC), Egypt and an MA in Investigative journalism from City, University of London, UK.
Pakinam produces and hosts Nature Middle East's weekly podcast, the region's first science podcast in English.
Besides science writing, Pakinam is passionate about storytelling, visual arts, pop culture and comic books. She spends the bulk of her spare time training in digital painting, drawing and comic book art. She's based in Cairo, Egypt.
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