ABU DHABI // International Media Investments has announced the appointment of Mina Al-Oraibi as Editor in Chief of The National. She begins her new role on July 1 following the official transition of ownership from Abu Dhabi Media. The National will relaunch on July 2.
IMI, a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation (ADMIC), announced the acquisition of The National, the Abu Dhabi-based English language newspaper, in November 2016.
Mina was previously Assistant Editor in Chief of Asharq AlAwsat newspaper, based in London, and has also served as the outlet's Washington DC Bureau Chief. She brings to her new role more than 14 years of high level experience as an international journalist and commentator.
Mina has written widely on US and European policies in the Middle East and has extensively covered regional diplomatic and security developments.
She has conducted interviews with leading global figures, including former US president Barack Obama, former UK prime minister Gordon Brown, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and former Iraqi prime minister Nouri AlMaliki.
Mina, who is currently working closely with the IMI team, said: "I am delighted to join The National, and to lead a stellar team providing a window into the UAE and the wider region."
She added: “As the media landscape continues to be shaped by the fourth industrial revolution, journalistic excellence and integrity will remain the foundations of our success. While we develop new and innovative ways to deliver news and engage with our readers, content will remain king.”
Mina was most recently a Senior Fellow at the Institute for State Effectiveness, where she worked on and wrote about governance and public discourse in the Arab World. She was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2009 and a Yale World Fellow in 2015.
Mina is a member of the International Media Council and a trustee of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani. She is regularly sought out as a commentator on international broadcast outlets and has been published by various publications.