-The art of the question
-The art of listening
-Earning credibility: What does it take?
-Simplifying the message/ Deepening the impact
-Stories behind her story
The session will be followed by a dinner at 8:30 pm
Raghida Dergham Dergham is a Columnist, a Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and the New York Bureau Chief for the London-based Al Hayat newspaper, which she joined in 1989. She is Dean of the international media at the United Nations. Dergham is also the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Beirut Institute, an indigenous think tank that aims to encourage innovative, solution-oriented analyses of the opportunities and challenges affecting the Arab region. 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. As a political commentator on TV in the US, Europe, Russia, China and the Arab world, Dergham has been seen as a woman who broke the glass ceiling multiple times and inspired young women to become political commentators and analysts. Her first TV appearance was as a guest of the prestigious McNeil Lehrer News Hour in 1979 at age 26. Since then, she has made over a thousand appearances as an international affairs specialist and expert on the UN. In addition to covering the American-Soviet summits and the 27th Congress of the Soviet Communist Party in the 1980s, Dergham has interviewed over 40 global leaders including US president George W Bush, Russia's president Boris Yeltsin, Egypt's president Hosni Mubarak, HM King Hussain of Jordan and HM King Abdullah II of Jordan, Iran's president Abolhassan Bani Sadr, Palestinian presidents Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, France's president Giscard d'Estaing, Philippine’s president Ferdinand Marcos, India's prime minister Rajiv Ghandi, Sweden's prime minister Olof Palme- and over 80 ministers from all over the globe, in addition to UN Secretary Generals, Kurt Waldheim, Javier Perez de Cuellar, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Kofi Annan and Ban Ki-moon. She moderated a roundtable of eight presidents and prime ministers for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development in Bangkok. Dergham is a weekly contributor to the Huffington Post since 2009. Her column is also published in Arab News. She has contributed to 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. When President of the United Nations Correspondents Association in 1997, Dergham was appointed to the Task Force on the Reorientation of Public Information by U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, and she served as Chairman of the Dag Hammarskjold Fund Board in 2005. A recipient of numerous lifetime achievement awards, she is in the State University of New York’s Hall of Fame as a Distinguished Alumna and has received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the university. Dergham was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011 and in 2016. For more information: www.beirutinstitute.org and @RaghidaDergham