THE PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY
Charbel Raji is a Lebanese journalist and political analyst. He began his career in Beirut as a talk-show Host and Correspondent for the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation (LBC) and some of the Middle East’s top-rated networks, while simultaneously reporting for CNN Arabic and MSNBC, on political and cultural trends in the region.
In 2006, Charbel joined the United Nations and had, for more than 14 years, managed and overseen regional and international political and social files:
- Spokesperson and Regional Chief of Media and Communications & Partnerships for UNICEF Middle East and North Africa overseeing the advocacy efforts of UNICEF offices in the region and the development of regional campaigns on the main issues affecting children and women
- Political Advisor and Director of Communications for the OPCW-UN Joint Mission for the Removal of Chemical Weapons in Syria advising the Head of Mission and liaising with UN offices in New York and OPCW offices in the Netherlands
- Political Affairs Advisor and Director of Communications for the Office of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen organizing peace-talks and developing political agreements to find peaceful solutions to Yemen’s devastating conflict
- Spokesperson and Chief of Advocacy and Partnerships for the UN Office for International Migration working on the now-famous “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” that was adopted in Marrakech and served as the UN’s first global blueprint for restoring hope to the global migration crisis
- Political Affairs Expert and Project Manager with the UN Office of Counter-Terrorism initiating, through public and private diplomacy, cooperation between Member States, the United Nations, the African Union and other regional and international organizations on issues of violent extremism.
Charbel currently advises senior political figures and some of Fortune 500 executives across the globe, on public governance, communication and international relations. He is a political commentator and analyst on current affairs and public governance in the Middle East and has periodic appearances on regional and international news networks.