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Rima Maktabi is the United Kingdom’s bureau chief for Al Arabiya news network. Rima has over 20 years experience in broadcast journalism and was nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader. Between 2012 and 2015, Rima did extensive war zone TV coverage from Syria on political, military and humanitarian stories; she also showcased the emergence of ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul. In 2010, Rima was an anchor at CNN reporting news in the Middle East including the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, and Bahrain. She was also the host of CNN's renowned show Inside the Middle East. Rima was given Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum award for her work covering Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006. Rima interviewed world leaders and decision makers throughout her career including: Boris Johnson, Tony Blair, John Kerry, William Hague, Mahmoud Abbas, Wendy Sherman, John Wilks, Angela Merkel, Manouchehr Mutaki, David Petraues, Ahmet Davatuglo, Mohammed Javad Zarif, Hoshyar Zibari and others. Rima started her career in her home country Lebanon at Future TV where she worked for ten years. Rima has a Masters of Arts in international affairs and attained her bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Lebanese American University in Beirut. She is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Middle East Leadership Initiative and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.