As the new face of BBC World's Fast Track, Akhtar Khan joins the channel's weekly global round-up of travel news for both the leisure and business sectors. In addition to fronting Fast Track, Akhtar is reporter and news presenter on the BBC's domestic 24-hour rolling news channel, News 24, and presents his own show on the BBC Asian Network radio station.
Akhtar started his journalism career after a stint as a funds manager at a City of London investment bank, working as reporter and later as entertainment correspondent on European Business News/CNBC. Following this he moved to Pearson TV as on-screen reporter and film critic before returning to a role as on-screen entertainment and arts reporter with Sky News.
Here he covered every possible arts angle from film to visual arts and rock to opera and interviewed a host of celebrities and personalities including Madonna, Barry White, Charlton Heston, Jonny Depp and Tom Cruise to name but a few. In the corporate world Akhtar is in demand as a host and conference facilitator, tackling serious issues and lighter topics alike. Recent assignments have included conference facilitation for Ernst & Young, presenting at the BAFTAs and hosting the World Travel Awards.
Akhtar lives in London, although his position with Fast Track sees him travelling around the world frequently. He lists his hobbies as playing polo, white water rafting, skiing, travelling, cooking and current affairs.