Linda Vester Yale World Fellow
Mina Al-Oraibi is a journalist and political analyst focused on the Middle East. For close to four years, Mina was the assistant editor in chief of Asharq Alawsat, the international daily pan-Arab newspaper. From 2009-2011, she served as Washington D.C. bureau chief for Asharq Alawsat. She has covered the Geneva talks on Syria, Iraqi refugees and American and European foreign policies towards the Middle East and North Africa region. Mina has conducted many high profile interviews, including most recently with U.S. President Barack Obama, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. She is also a regular guest contributor on television news programs including Dateline London for the BBC. Mina is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Middle East and the International Media Council. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2009, and Foreign Policy Magazine named her one of the top 100 Twitterati on foreign policy. An Iraqi-Briton, Mina was born in Sweden and raised in Iraq, Australia and Saudi Arabia, before moving to the United Kingdom. She was awarded a distinction for her MA history dissertation on the 1958 coup d’etat in Iraq from University College London, where she also completed her bachelor of arts in history.