Mina Al-Oraibi


Yale World Fellow

Mina Al-Oraibi is the former Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Alawsat, the international daily pan-Arab newspaper. She was previously Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for Asharq Alawsat, where she was based from 2009 until November 2011. Her work has included coverage of the plight of the Rohingya Muslims, a series of articles on Iraqi refugees, and writing on American and European foreign policies towards the Middle East and North Africa region. Al-Oraibi has conducted high profile interviews including most recently with US President Barack Obama, US Envoy for Anti-ISIS Coalition John Allen, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and former Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki. She is also a regular guest contributor on television news programmes, including Dateline London for the BBC.

An Iraqi-Briton, Al-Oraibi 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 Bachelors of Arts in History.

Al-Oraibi is a member of the Global Agenda Council on the Middle East. The World Economic Forum named her a Young Global Leader in 2009, while Foreign Policy Magazine ranked her one of the top 100 Twitterati on foreign policy.

BASED IN: New Haven, Connecticut, USA

LANGUAGES: English, Arabic