In 2006, Khanfar became Al Jazeera’s Director General. During his eight-year tenure at the helm, the network transformed from a single channel into a media network. During this period, the Arab world witnessed historic transformation, including the Arab Awakening. Khanfar, who resigned from the network in September 2011, has been named as one of Foreign Policy’s Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2011 as well as one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business of the year. Khanfar has a diverse academic background with postgraduate studies in philosophy, African studies, and international politics. He is currently the President of Al Sharq Forum.