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Rageh Omaar

Rageh Omaar


Rageh Omaar is the International Affairs Editor for ITV News and presents ITV’s current affairs programme On Assignment.

Formerly senior BBC foreign correspondent, coming to global prominence as the face of the BBC Television News during the invasion of Iraq and the fall of Baghdad in 2003. During the conflict his reports were syndicated across the United States by ABC News.

He has won numerous international awards including a Peabody Award for his reports for the BBC from Darfur and a BAFTA for the BBC’s coverage of the invasion of Afghanistan in which he was the only western TV journalist to report from inside Taliban-held Kabul.

Rageh has travelled across and reported from regions all over the world, from the Balkans to South Asia, but in particular he has extensive knowledge and experience of the Middle East and Africa where he has lived and worked.

Rageh left the BBC to pursue a career as a documentary maker for many international channels and as a writer being published twice by Penguin books.

Alongside Sir David Frost, Rageh was the highest profile presenter to join the launch of Al Jazeera English, the 24 hour global news network launched with much international anticipation. Based in London but travelling across the world, Rageh presented the regular evening documentary programme Witness as well as the investigative programme The Rageh Omaar Report.

Educated at the Dragon School, Oxford, Cheltenham Boy’s College and Oxford University, Rageh lives in London with his wife, Nina and three children. He has hosted many high profile corporate events and talks for clients such as Barclays, IATA, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, The Pince Claus Fund and many, many others, not just in London but in Dubai, Singapore, Miami, Tunis and Amsterdam

Key Themes and areas;

The importance of global communications in the 21st Century – Rageh has worked in international news reporting – often live, and responding to real time events. He has a unique insights into how the 24 hour “global echo chamber” – the modern news and communications world – operates from the perspective of a journalist

Culture and an international perspective on the UK and the West; Rageh has a unique vantage point in that both personally and professionally he straddles different worlds. Born in Somalia but educated at a British public school and Oxford. A journalist but with many family members working in politics and diplomacy in Africa, and a BBC correspondent who went to work at Al Jazeera. He has insights about how the developing world (Africa, the Middle East and the Muslim world) views the West and Western interests

International Travel – how to enjoy and get the most out of life while travelling “off piste”. Like the international business executive – foreign journalists travel to destinations that most people wouldn’t go near. What are the tips, anecdotes, funny stories and advice about international travel in the global village. How can you plan for your journey or trip to be successful, enjoyable and safe


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