Raghida Dergham

Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute

Raghida Dergham is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute and Senior Columnist for Al Joumhouria. Her column is published in English in the Huffington Post. She served as Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and NY Bureau Chief for the London-based Al-Hayat for 28 years. She has contributed to Arab News, Al Arabiya English, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. She was a political analyst for NBC, MSNBC, and LBC for eight years as well as a contributing editor for Global Viewpoint produced for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Since founding Beirut Institute, she has partnered with remarkable board members, global think tanks, exceptional staff, and with host governments of the Beirut Institute Summit such as the UAE. Such partnering has allowed her to lead an organization since its inception till it became a highly respected global brand recognized by other think tanks all over the world. A specialist on strategic international relations, she is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an Honorary Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. Dergham served on the International Media Council of the World Economic Forum and is on the Development Advisory Committee of the InterAcademy Partnership, a global network of science academies. Dergham is a frequent lecturer at universities, think tanks, and business councils throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. She spoke at Harvard, Princeton, Columbia and Georgetown among other distinguished universities. Dergham is a frequent participant in Policy conferences worldwide. Dergham was featured in PBS Documentary "Caught in The Crossfire” and is quoted in several books in many languages. She is in SUNY's Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumna and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters in 2003 from the State University of New York which has the largest comprehensive system of universities and colleges in the world. She was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011 and in 2016, and in 2017 she was named "Arab Woman of the Year" for her achievements in Journalism. For more information: and @RaghidaDergham | @BeirutInstitute