Ghida Fakhry

Moderator from Washington D.C., USA
She's cross-examined some of the world's most powerful people


She has interviewed heads of state and influential leaders including Mexico’s Felipe Calderon and the late Libyan dictator, Muammar Qaddafi. Encountering such heavyweights may intimidate most people, but for Ghida Fakhry, it’s all in a day’s work.

Her journalism and moderation has contributed to some of the worlds’ leading economic and political commentary, for Aljazeera, Huffington Post and the United Nations.

She joins us at WORLDWEBFORUM as moderator who will zero-in on the deeper questions, about what makes our international thought leaders tick.


Ghida Fakhry is an experienced and versatile moderator who has been facilitating high-level debates and panel discussions on a wide range of subjects — from international relations, peace and security, human rights, to women’s empowerment, sustainable development and renewable energy. She combines a sharp journalistic interviewing style with a distinctive ability to challenge speakers and stimulate discussions on important and timely topics. Ghida’s on-stage presence, engaging style and expertise enable her to steer debates skillfully and effectively. She is a frequent moderator of high-level events organized by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, the World Bank, the European Union, Governments and NGOs, with a wide range of policy and opinion makers — Heads of State/Government, academics, business leaders and civil society activists.


“Ghida Fakhry was asked to moderate a discussion on human rights a few years ago in Geneva and she was so impressive, my staff simply could hardly believe she was not a professional human rights lawyer!  She’s smart and engaging and, most importantly, pulls no punches when posing questions — a brilliant moderator, journalist and analyst!”

 — Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein – United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights



Ghida Fakhry is an international broadcast journalist with over 20 years experience as a reporter, news anchor, columnist/opinion writer and moderator. She is currently based in Washington DC and presents a current affairs program for international broadcaster TRT World. She is also a contributor to the Huffington Post and a regular moderator at UN conferences and other global forums. At the launch of Aljazeera English in 2006, she served as a Lead Anchor for the Washington D.C. broadcast center.* She presented the daily prime time ‘Newshour’ and conducted high-level interviews for ‘Talk to Aljazeera’. In November 2008, she co-anchored the channel’s 12-hour live coverage of the US presidential election from Washington D.C. She moved to the channel’s Doha headquarters in 2010 as Senior News and Programs Presenter. She also hosted the award-winning program ‘Witness’ and was a regular presenter of the current affairs program ‘Inside Story’. She also interviewed several Heads of State/Government including Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi, Israeli President Shimon Peres, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, among others.

A passionate journalist, Ghida started her career as a Political Correspondent for a leading UK-based Middle East newspaper before moving into television news. As New York Bureau Chief for Aljazeera, she covered the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center and its aftermath. She reported on-location from Iraq and Afghanistan following the US-led invasion in 2003, and conducted in-depth interviews with senior US officials, including Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell. Ghida Fakhry has also reported extensively from the United Nations in New York, covering the Security Council and annual sessions of the General Assembly. She travelled with Secretary-General Kofi Annan throughout the Middle East and Africa, and conducted several in-depth interviews with him throughout his 10-year tenure.