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Lyse Doucet OBE

Lyse Doucet serves as the BBC’s Chief International Correspondent, reporting on global events with a particular focus on the Middle East and Asia. As a senior presenter, she anchors programmes from both the field and the studio for BBC World and the World Service.

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Lyse began her journey in journalism after studying international relations in her native Canada. She initially worked with an NGO in Africa before joining the BBC, where her first assignment took her to West Africa. She was later posted to Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, covering significant events such as the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan.

She then moved to Jordan, where she established the BBC’s office in Amman, and subsequently to Jerusalem, deepening her expertise in Middle Eastern affairs. Lyse has reported on every major conflict in the region since the mid-1990s, including the Arab Spring and the Syrian civil war, and has also covered key political events and natural disasters in Asia.

Renowned as one of broadcasting’s most knowledgeable and respected commentators, Lyse possesses an extensive understanding of the politics, commerce, and culture of the Middle East. She offers insights into the broader geopolitical landscape and its unpredictable dynamics. With a natural ability to communicate complex and emotive issues, Lyse blends humanity with analysis, focusing on both significant political events and the impact on people and communities affected by conflict.

Lyse discusses the implications of global uncertainty, drawing parallels between the risks organisations face and those she encounters in her reporting. As a board member of Inter Mediate, an NGO dedicated to dialogue and negotiation in some of the world’s most challenging conflicts, she explores how opposing sides can find common ground. With honesty, energy, and even humour, Lyse highlights the human stories behind the headlines, emphasising resilience and hope in the face of adversity.

She shares anecdotes such as taking selfies with Iraqi tribal sheikhs amidst the threat of ISIS, and maintains an unwavering optimism despite her challenging work. As an accomplished host and moderator, she brings her journalistic acumen to the conference stage, ensuring attendees gain new insights and understanding.

In addition to her reporting, Lyse has produced documentaries on Syria, Gaza, and Afghanistan, the latter being a significant focus of her recent work. She also hosted the Radio 4 series Her Story Made History, interviewing influential but often overlooked women in modern politics, journalism, and activism.

Lyse’s distinguished career has earned her numerous international awards, including Emmy, Peabody, and Sony Gold awards. Lyse has been appointed a member of the Order of Canada and an OBE and has served as a Council Member of Chatham House, a leading foreign affairs institution.

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