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Roula Khalaf

London, UK

Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor, Financial Times (2013-present)

Middle East Editor, Financial Times (2000-13)

Specialist on Iraq, the Gulf and the Israeli-Palestine conflict

Roula Khalaf is the Foreign Editor and Assistant Editor of the Financial Times, based in London. She has direct responsibility for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Previously, Roula was the Middle East editor of the Financial Times (2000-13). This involved having overall responsibility for Middle East coverage across the region and in the FT’s Middle East edition.

Roula joined the FT in 1995 as North Africa correspondent and before that she was a staff writer for Forbes magazine in New York. Her specialist areas are Iraq, where she has travelled extensively, the Gulf, North Africa and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

In November 2013, Roula (along with Abigail Fielding-Smith) was awarded the Print and Web Feature Story of the Year Award at the Foreign Press Association’s Media Awards, for the series Qatar: From Emirate to Empire. The series was made up of the two long form articles: Qatar: what’s next for the world’s most aggressive deal hunter? and How Qatar seized control of the Syrian revolution.

She holds a masters degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and appears regularly on national and international TV and radio.

Our Comment

"Roula’s work covers everything from intimate stories about everyday life in the Middle East to major interviews with leading political figures and statesmen. She has led the FT’s coverage of the Arab Spring, and has become renowned for the way she blends her analysis of high politics with snapshots of social reality ‘on the ground’."

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