Ghida Fakhry has been facilitating high-level debates and panel discussions on a wide range of issues -- from international relations, peace and security, human rights, to women's empowerment, sustainable development and renewable energy. An experienced and versatile moderator, she combines a sharp journalistic interviewing style with a distinctive ability to challenge speakers and stimulate discussions on important and timely topics. Ghida's on-stage presence, engaging style and expertise enable her to steer debates skillfully and effectively. She is a frequent moderator of high-level events organized by the United Nations and its Specialized Agencies, the World Bank, the European Union, Governments and NGOs, with a wide range of policy and opinion makers -- Heads of State/Government, academics, business leaders and civil society activists.
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Energy Action Forum
New York, September 2019
The Energy Action Forum is a convening of high-level stakeholders demonstrating a leap in collective ambition to progress on the Energy Transition Track within the UN Climate Action Summit, co-led by Denmark, Ethiopia and Sustainable Energy for All in collaboration with the UN Climate Action Summit Team.
World Economic Forum - Regional Strategy: Infrastructure
Cape Town, September 2019
Africa has the youngest and fastest-growing population in the world: an extraordinary opportunity but also a colossal challenge for a rapidly urbanizing continent. Can the 55 African countries formulate a continental infrastructure strategy that would meet their development goals and the needs of their growing populations? I had the pleasure to moderate a session on ‘Regional Strategy: Infrastructure’ at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town.
(De)-Globalization: The World in Search of New Development Models
Kazakhstan, May 2019
Will the rise of populism lead to ‘de-globalization’? Is it the answer to the world’s growing geo-political and socio-economic tensions? I enjoyed moderating the opening session of the Eurasian Media Forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, former Estonian President Toomas Ilves, and others.
World Economic Forum - Radicalization: Lessons from the Past
Dead Sea, Jordan, April 2019
ISIS propaganda continues to recruit foreign fighters. So, how can at-risk populations be protected?
Global Conference on Yemen
New York, March 2019
What do four Nobel Peace Laureates from Yemen, Iran, Liberia and the US meeting this week in New York think of the prospects for peace and reconciliation in Yemen if the foreign powers fueling the conflict are not around the table — and if women aren’t represented? Can any lasting and sustained solution be achieved if war crimes are swept under the rug and justice is sacrificed for peace?
Global Conference on Yemen
New York, March 2019
Will justice be sacrificed for peace, as often happens in conflict resolution? Can a lasting, sustained peace be achieved without justice, when so many serious war crimes have been committed?
Silatech - Empowering Youth, Transforming Societies
Geneva, Switzerland, March 2019
In the presence of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of Silatech’s Board of trustees, Silatech commemorates a major milestone – 10 years of Combating Youth Unemployment, Extremism and the Marginalization of Youth and Women.
Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation - Women’s Rights in the World Today
Lisbon, Portugal, February 2019
A discussion with with Samantha Power, former US Ambassador to the UN and Harvard Professor, and Frieda Pinto, award-winning actress and global Ambassador for ‘Girl Rising’ on the 10th anniversary of the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation in Lisbon.
World Economic Forum - Eurasia in a New Global Context
Davos, Switzerland, January 2019
A session on a great topic – how Central Asia and the South Caucasus have become focal points for new political alliances and strategic infrastructure projects. Great insights from Austrian FM Karin Kneissl, Georgian PM Mamuka Bakhtadze, President of EBRD Suma Chakrabarti, Dean of Advanced Studies at Johns Hopkins Vali Nasr and Vice Chairman of SUN Group Shiv Khemka.
WorldWebForum - Day 2
Zurich, Switzerland, January 2019
WorldWebForum - Day 1
Zurich, January 2019
Doha, Qatar, December 2018
Are the SDGs within reach when the money is not — 5 to 7 trillion dollars/year are needed between now and 2030 to reach the UN goals. At the Doha Forum, I asked the Administrator of UNDP and the President of the World Leadership Alliance if this is all just a mirage.
United Nations Human Rights FaceBook Live
New York, October 2018
Human rights are universal - they apply to everyone, everywhere. Yet today an increasing number of people and governments claim that human rights are relative.
Join UN expert Karima Bennoune & Nobel Laureate writer Wole Soyinka for a Facebook Live on 23 Oct at 3pm (NY). Discussion moderated by Ghida Fakhry.
TRT World Forum 2018 - Fostering Global Consciousness in Times of Crisis
Istanbul, Turkey, October 2018
What is the impact of the global refugee crisis —is enough being done for the 68.5 million displaced children, women and men; to change mindsets not to see refugees as statistics, burdens or security threats, but as human beings. A keynote address by Queen Rania and a panel discussion with the heads of WEF, IFRC, UNRWA and TRT.
TRT World Forum 2018 - Opening Ceremony
Istanbul, Turkey, October 2018
The 2018 TRT World Forum aims to build on the successes of the inaugural forum held last year in Istanbul. This year’s Forum brings together some of the world’s leading thinkers and decision makers to address the most pressing issues and challenges of our time. The theme, ‘Envisioning Peace and Security in a Fragmented World’, focuses on developing alternative strategies to confront the challenges facing our world.
Facebook Live Event with UN Secretary-General
United Nations, New York, 7 March 2018
The theme for International Women's Day 2018 is "Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Women's Lives." On the eve of IWD, Ghida Fakhry moderates a FB Live discussion with the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, the UN Youth Envoy, Jayathma Wickramanayake and Monica Ramirez, a leading advocate for women's rights.
Creating a Culture of Gender Justice:
A Multi-Dimensional Approach
United Nations, New York, 12 March 2018
The side-event takes place during the 62nd annual session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW62) and provides an opportunity for Member States, UN entities, and civil society to discuss critical issues related to gender justice as a key enabler for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and an important foundation for building and sustaining peace.
International Women's Day 2018
New York, 8 March 2018
This event brings together entrepreneurs, investors and thought leaders to address financial inclusion, blockchain technology and investment in female entrepreneurs as key drivers for transformative change. Organized by Innovation Norway and UN Women, the event explores the leadership role women play across different sectors and the challenges they face as they help build a more robust and inclusive culture and continue to push the boundaries for more economic empowerment.
Financial Institutions, Business and Climate Change: Addressing Risks and Finding Opportunities in a Changing World
Zurich, Switzerland, 22-23 January 2018
A pre-Davos event co-organized by the World Bank Group to explore some of the new dynamics and trends across different sectors for climate business. A critical look at what different financial actors are doing to advance the climate transition and the tools being used to manage risk and unlock opportunities -- to keep up with the accelerated pace of change.