Laila Al Shaikhli is an Iraqi anchorwoman and television presenter on Al Jazeera English. Shaikhli was born in Baghdad, raised in Saudi Arabia and educated in England and the United States. Her professional career spans thirteen years. After joining the BBC World Service in London in 1994, she went on to anchor several programs in various Arab satellite stations, where she then joined the Middle East Broadcasting Center in 1996 and later Abu Dhabi TV in 1999. Her shows include Dialogue with the West (MBC), Agenda (MBC), Dunnia (ADTV) and Panorama (ADTV).
She was ranked 75th Most Influential Arab Rank List, in 2008.
She hosted A day in the life of Iraqi women as a This Everywoman special recently alongside fellow Iraqi activist Houzan Mahmoud, in which they discuss the lives of Iraqi women under the US-led occupation.