Mr. Salim A. Essaid
Salim A. Essaid is a Middle East and business correspondent based in Dubai who covers news around finance, innovation, sustainability, politics and conducts news analysis from the region.
For nearly 15 years, Salim broke original news, features, and data-led analysis for outlets including Al-Monitor, TIME Magazine, CNN, NHK World, Agence France Presse (AFP) and the Associated Press (AP).
Until the end of 2020, he was the lead reporter on Euronews' weekly Inspire Middle East, and later the host of Sci-Tech. He produced more than 120 episodes exploring the latest happenings in the MENA region’s technology, business, and cultural scene.
As a moderator and host he has led panel discussions about how fintech is empowering young Arabs to save and invest, cryptocurrencies' potential to liberate migrant workers, and how to effectively report from the Middle East for a global audience.
Over the years, his career saw him use data visualization to investigate New York's secret surveillance policies over Arab and Muslim Americans, explore the denial of women’s citizenship rights in Jordan, cover the protests over the 2017 relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem, explain the potential impact of cryptocurrencies on the UAE's remittance industry, and highlight how AI systems can be built to be biased.
He holds a Bachelor of Science in Arabic and Japanese from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Master’s degree in broadcasting from the Columbia School of Journalism in New York.