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Ali May

Creative Content Creator & TV Presenter

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsTV Presenter - Creative Writer - Creative Director


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About me

Versatile factual/entertainment TV presenter and content creator, with a penchant for affectionately dismantling taboos and broadening horizons of viewers. Wants to make the world a kinder, sillier, smarter & more equal place. British-Iranian atheist who writes about sex, liberty, and choice. Unhealthily attached to velvet, intelligence and creative ideas. Constantly striving to find new ways of telling stories, for broadcast, print & digital. Human- enthusiast and creativity-nurturer.

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  • TV Presenting
  • Creative
  • Creative Writing
  • Producer
  • Creative Direciton
  • Development Producer
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Print Journalism

Work history


Creative Director

Mayhart Media

Jan 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Creative production agency, focused on compelling storytelling and brand and campaigns consultancy, with a special focus on social issues, positive change and human social evolution. Created a campaign for US State Department, used entertainment in human rights education: Advised Durex on brand concept, helped crystallise brand identity. Working on creating innovative projects. Designed, implemented & launched a free virtual learning platform for creative skills for the young people in the Middle East: Made a film for a UN-afiliated organisations that got shortlisted for a Digital PR Award in the USA: Other clients include Havas Media, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UK Trade & Investment, Portland PR, Reed Midem.


TV Presenter


Jan 2010
  • London, UK
  • Freelance
  • Imagine Michael Palin & Louis Theroux had a Middle Eastern love child. That'd be me. Former news & current affairs broadcaster, making the transition to factual/entertainment presenting. Interested in programming that is intelligent and irreverent. Moderator, host, interviewer for MIPCOM & MIPTV. Interviews include: Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me), Kiefer Sutherland (Actor), Majorie Kaplan (Discovery), Dennis Quaid (Actor), Natalie Humphrys (BBC), Lisa Perrin (EndemolShine), Joe Lewis (Amazon Studios), Michelle Phan (YouTuber), Harlan Coben (Novelist), Jill Wilfert (Lego), Guillaume de Posch (RTL) & many more.


TV Broadcast Journalist


Oct 2010 - Jan 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • Europe's most-watched international news channel. Established news operations in the UK. Reported UK/global news. Interviewed Britain's top politicians, including Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Scottish First Minster Alex Salmond and many more. Interviewed international personalities, such as French star of Amélie Audrey Tautou, Athletics legend Carl Lewis, and ex-Italian PM Romano Prodi. Showreel: 


News Reporter

Bloomberg News

Mar 2009 - Oct 2010
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • World's leading financial news wire. Iran reporter. Covered Iranian/Middle Eastern politics, economy & culture.



Creative and Professional Writing

Brunel University

Sep 2006 - Aug 2007
  • London, UK


BA English Language Literature

Shahid Beheshti University

Sep 1999 - Jul 2003
  • Tehran Province, Iran