Sarah Zaaimi is the deputy director for communications at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center & Middle East programs where she oversees the Center’s strategic communications, media relations, and social and digital marketing efforts.
Zaaimi is an award-winning journalist and communications and international development professional with two decades of extensive work experience in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) in countries like Morocco, Egypt, and Iraq. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, she managed projects and communications for organizations like the European Union’s Anna Lindh Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the International Organization for Migration.
She also worked in several US, UK, and MENA newsrooms as a reporter, producer, and news editor, including in various pan-Arab media outlets like BBC Arabic, Asharq Al Aswat, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks’ Alhurra, and Al Araby TV. Zaaimi has an MSc in communications and international development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a MA in communication management from l’Ecole Polytechnique of Paris, and a BA in journalism and media. She is also a United Nations Alliance of Civilization MENA fellow. Her personal research and writings look at transnational identity, Arab cultural studies, Arab diaspora, and community stabilization.