International Affairs Editor for ITV, World Renowned Correspondent & TV Presenter
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Rageh Omaar, one of the most recognised TV foreign correspondents in the country, is the International Affairs Editor of ITV News in the UK, which has a regular daily audience of 8 million people. He has one of the biggest international profiles of British TV journalists, having been a prominent reporter and presenter for the BBC and Al Jazeera English – where his eyewitness reports and feature length documentaries have been shown in over 180 countries.
Rageh has covered some of the biggest international stories of the last 15 years, from the Balkan Wars, to the impeachment of President Clinton, the invasion of Afghanistan and to the Arab Spring Uprisings. However he came to national and international prominence when he led BBC television’s coverage of the Iraq Invasion from Baghdad in 2003. His reports were syndicated across the USA. His eyewitness dispatches from Iraq on the fall of Baghdad were the most watched in the UK and led to numerous international awards for coverage. In 2006, Rageh became one of the most prominent signings for the launch of Al Jazeera English. He presented a daily documentary strand, Witness and The Rageh Omaar Report which were watched by millions, especially across Africa and the Middle East, where his already established international profile on the BBC was strengthened.
Rageh has written often and widely for the main UK newspapers including The Daily Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Mail. He is also an author, having written two books published by Penguin; Revolution Day: The Human Stories Behind the Iraq War, and Only Half of Me: Being a Muslim in Britain.
Rageh is also a well established host and speaker at many national and international events for clients such as Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, The Department of Health, Middle East Financial Awards ceremony in Bahrain, The Economist Emerging Markets awards and many others. Africa’s emerging economic profile and potential, particularly in oil and gas, is a subject close to Rageh’s heart due to strong family connections in East Africa. Recently, Rageh was asked to chair and host a meeting of global division leaders for the Norwegian Oil company DNV GL in Oslo to speak about Africa as a new oil and gas frontier.
In addition to politics, global events and news, media and television, Rageh’s other particular specialities in speaking are, economic and political prospects in the Middle East, the nature of Global Risk and how companies can think about it, the importance of diversity for international organisations, and the realities of life as a modern day war reporter. Rageh also enjoys cooking, gardening and watching his two sons play local Sunday league football.
"Rageh was absolutely fantastic and the feedback we have received so far overwhelmingly positive. Our head of diversity was inspired." Deutsche Bank
"....illuminating, and a breath of fresh air, refreshing to hear a speaker with such genuine enthusiasm for his subject." AXA
"A great deal of extremely positive discussion and debate has been triggered around the firm as a result of your speech and the topic you covered." Christopher French, MD of Goldman Sachs
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