An international film curator and writer on African cinema, a current program advisor to the London Film Festival and a former advisor to Venice Film Festival and EU-ACP Films, he was also a member of the World Cinema Fund (2004-2007) and an Executive Director of the Southern African Film Festival 1993.
Shiri is founder and director of Africa at the Pictures and the London African Film Festival and Visiting Research Fellow for Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) University of Westminster, London. He is currently the head of programming for AFRIFF the Africa International Film Festival Festival, Calabar, Nigeria.
Shiri has served as a jury on a number of festivals including Berlin, Dubai, FESPACO, Tampere and many others. His book 50 Great African Films: Sub-Sahara’s Cinematic History is to be published by C. Hurst & Co (Publishers Ltd).