London-based Mariayah Kaderbhai studied French and Cinema at Queen Mary’s College, University of London and Paris. She began her career at the BFI and then joined BAFTA, where she is Head of Programmes, overseeing industry events and initiatives across film, television and games industries.. She has also worked on Al Jazeera's former flagship film show T'he Fabulous Picture Show' as a producer/journalist.
Mariayah has interviewed such cinema greats as Penelope Cruz, Jake Gyllenhaal, JJ Abrams, Jacques Audiard, Spike Lee, Ron Howard, Tom Hanks, Stephen Frears, Nicole Kidman, Steve Carell and Isabelle Huppert among many more.
She represents BAFTA as the lead film industry voice. She is writing her debut novel about the Arab Spring while studying for a Masters Degree in Media and the Middle East at SOAS, University of London.