Anisa Mehdi makes documentary films and writes on global affairs, religion and the arts. She is the first American to cover the hajj pilgrimage from Mecca and has made three films on the subject pilgrimage, including National Geographic's acclaimed "<a href="http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2003/10/1020_031020_meccahajj.html" target="_hplink">Inside Mecca</a>." In addition to National Geographic, career credits include CBS News, Nightline, PBS, New Jersey Network, NPR, the BBC, Frontline, and lots of lectures at home and abroad. She consults to the <a href="http://www.apap365.org/Pages/APAP365.aspx" target="_hplink">Association of Performing Arts Presenters</a> (APAP) and the <a href="http://www.ddcf.org/what-we-fund/building-bridges/" target="_hplink">Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art</a>. Anisa's life and work are enriched by great educations at Wellesley College and the Journalism School at Columbia University, and wonderful family and friends.