Beirut Institute Summit hosts political leaders, senior policy makers, prominent thinkers, major CEOs, and civil society leaders to reflect on different tracks of transformation in the Arab region and to put forward actionable policies and innovative solutions that will help reconfigure the region and its global space.


Mayssoun Azzam
Political Anchor, Al Arabiya (UAE)

Mayssoun Azzam is a Palestinian political anchor and news presenter based in Dubai and working for Al Arabiya News Channel since 2003. During her working experience in Al Arabiya, Mayssoun anchored for three years a two-hours, weekly talk show "Mashahed wa Ara’". She also interviewed high-profile guests, such as Mahmoud Abbas, Bill Gates, Tony Blair, and Salam Fayyad.

Believing in the importance of supporting woman in all fields, she produced eleven episodes about the obstacles facing pregnant women at work. She broke the classic image of Arab news presenters and shared the ups and downs she went through as a working pregnant presenter. In addition to her work at Al Arabiya, Mayssoun Azzam is currently teaching communication at the American University in Dubai.

Faisal Bin Huraiz
News Presenter, Sky News Arabia (UAE)

UAE national Faisal Bin Huraiz is a founding member of Sky News Arabia and a prominent TV host. Bin Huraiz has rich experience in GCC and Arab media. Faisal helped launch the news center at Abu Dhabi Radio where he worked as a presenter and reporter and later as news editor. He then moved from radio to TV to work at Abu Dhabi TV as a news presenter hosting Uloom Al Dar. Faisal prepared and presented many programmes and documentaries for TV and radio, he interviewed many politicians, intellectuals and athletes. Faisal holds degree in mass communication from UAE University.

Hassan Fattah
Communications Consultant, Former Editor-in-Chief of The National (UAE)

Hassan Fattah, the former editor-in-chief of The National newspaper and a senior executive with Brunswick Group, has joined the Firm as Managing Director. Fattah was a partner with Brunswick Group from 2014 to 2017. Before that, Fattah served as director of communications at GEMS Education, where he helped reorganize the company’s communications, launching new branding and narrative for the world’s largest private education company.

As a journalist, Fattah covered the changing dynamics of the Middle East for some of the world’s most prominent newspapers, including a long stint as the Middle East correspondent for The New York Times. In 2007, Fattah helped launch The National, the regional English-language newspaper published in Abu Dhabi, and served as editor-in-chief of the paper between 2009 and 2013.

Fluent in Arabic and English, he holds a B.S. in Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters in Science from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Najwa Kassem
Lebanese Journalist and TV Presenter, Al Arabiya (Lebanon)

Najwa Qassem is a Lebanese journalist and television presenter (anchor) for Al Arabiya since 2003. Qassem has received many professional awards and was named by Arabian Business Magazine as one of the 100 most powerful women in the Arab world. She has covered numerous wars and assassinations during her career including the assassination of Rafic Haririin 2005,[3] and is considered a veteran news reporter. A year after joining the Al Arabiya team, she experienced and survived a bombing attack on the Al Arabiya’s Baghdad news station. Eight people died in the bombing. Najwa Qassem reported updates on the Iraqi war from the front lines in Baghdad. Najwa Qassem received extensive coverage during the 2006 Lebanon War as she was one of a number of female Arab reporters who were reporting from the front lines. Najwa Qassem was awarded Best Female Presenter in 2006 at the Fourth Arab Media Festival.

Robert Nakhel
Presenter, Sky News Arabia (Lebanon)

Nakhel dedicated himself to covering all sorts of news stories, from political conventions to all-major news events in Lebanon the Arab region and around the world, where he conducted several interviews alongside his work as a Producer and Editor in Chief for political shows and documentaries. Other than being a Television Anchor, Nakhel is also philanthropic, an active member in many Lebanese non-profit organizations aiming to enhance the quality of life for children and people in need. He moderated numerous forums for Lebanese Foundations and Charity institutes and associations. Prior to his journalist career Nakhel provided legal consultancy as he holds a Bachelor Degree in Law together with researches in History & News Media journalism.

Mina Al Oraibi
Editor in Chief, The National Newspaper (UAE-UK)

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.

Mouna Saliba
Senior Correspondent, MTV (Lebanon)

Mona Saliba is a senior reporter, news Anchor and talk show host on MTV Lebanon. She also trains aspiring journalists at the Beirut Arab University and the American University of Beirut as well as media professionals at the Samir Kassir Foundation. She previously worked as a senior reporter at the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation International (LBCI).

Among many awards, Saliba was notably the recipient of an honorary award by the Institute for Women’s Studies in the Arab World at the Lebanese American University on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, in recognition of her work as an outstanding female war correspondent while covering the 2006 War on Lebanon.