The World Fellows program gave me the opportunity to expand my horizons in ways I could not have imagined. From being inspired by young students, to learning from world class professors, my time at Yale was a launch pad professionally and personally.
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Mina Al-Oraibi is a journalist and political analyst focused on the Middle East. Since 2017, Mina has been the Editor-in-Chief of The National, a daily English-language newspaper based in Abu Dhabi and covering regional affairs.
Previous to that, she was a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness where she focused on the state in Iraq, Syria, and the wider Middle East. Earlier, Mina was Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Alawsat, an 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 Iraqi President Barham Salih, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, and had the last interview with Christine Lagarde before she left her position as Managing Director of the IMF.
She is a member of the International Media Council and was named by the World Economic Forum a Young Global Leader. She is a member of the board of trustees for the American University in Iraq - Sulaimani.
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.