Shafik is a travel expert on the BBC1 show How to Holiday Better, appear regularly on talkRADIO and The Rough Guide to Everywhere podcast, and give talks at events like Destinations London. He is also an editorial consultant for Amnesty International UK, has worked for a range of other charities/NGOs including Article 19 and Social Enterprise London, and carried out research projects for Google.
Shafik is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers, a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and a trustee and director of the Latin America Bureau.
Shafik has co-authored or updated over 30 guidebooks to destinations in South and Central America, Asia, Australia, Europe and North Africa. In 2017, he was shortlisted for a Travel Media Awardin the "Guide of the year - book, online, app" category for his work on The Rough Guide to Argentina.
Shafik is a travel expert on the BBC1 show How to Holiday Better, and a regular guest on talkRADIO, where he discusses the latest travel and tourism news on the Julia Hartley-Brewer, Paul Ross Full Set Breakfast, and Drive with Yasmeen Khan shows. His travel dispatches also appear on The Rough Guide to Everywherepodcast.
Previous broadcasting experience includes a spell as a presenter on the Channel 4 youth sports show Rookies, and a live interview on ITN News. Shafik also gives talks at events like Destinations London.
His feature on Cordoba won the 'most outstanding article' category at the 2016 Argentina Tourism Awards, while his account of a journey on the Ghan was named as one of Rough Guides' favourite articles of 2016.
Shafik has worked as a consultant for Amnesty International UKsince 2007, writing and editing everything from annual reports to newspaper adverts, magazines to parliamentary briefings, campaign materials to podcast scripts.
He is a trustee and director of the Latin America Bureau, a London-based charity and publisher providing news, analysis and information on Latin America, its people, politics and society. Shafik helps to guide the strategic director of the organisation, with a particular focus on communications, publishing, marketing, and social and digital media. He also co-wrote the football chapter of the LAB book Brazil Inside Out.