Opening keynote speaker: Yalda Hakim


Yalda Hakim is an award-winning foreign correspondent and documentary filmmaker. She currently anchors the flagship programme ‘Impact with Yalda Hakim’ on BBC World News. In addition to her presenting duties, Yalda regularly reports from the field for the BBC and has reported extensively from some of the world’s most dangerous and difficult places.

Yalda covered the rise and fall of the so-called Islamic State in Syria and has worked in the world’s youngest nation, South Sudan, documenting the brutal civil war there. She also covered US presidential elections in 2008, 2012 and 2020 and has conducted high profile interviews with global leaders and public figures. Yalda often moderates and prominent global events, including the Nobel Peace Prize Summit, World Economic Forum, Halifax International Security Forum and the Raisina Dialogue in Delhi.

Before joining BBC World News, Yalda was the presenter of SBS Dateline in Australia. She was born in Afghanistan and fled with her family as a result of the Soviet invasion, emigrating to Australia.

In 2018, Yalda launched the ‘Yalda Hakim Foundation’ which supports the professional advancement of exceptionally talented Afghans and this year successfully organised the evacuation of over 200 at-risk Afghans, including some of the country’s most prominent journalists and American University of Afghanistan students. Her most recent film, ‘TK’ profiled Afghanistan on the eve of the Taliban takeover.

Yalda will deliver an inspiring keynote speech at the Opening Plenary on Tuesday at 11:00–12:30. She will speak on her experiences as a journalist in some of the world’s most war-torn states, reflecting on what is happening in the world today and how International Education can play a part in a better future for the world.