Euronews has announced broadcast journalist Rebecca McLaughlin-Duaneas as the permanent host of INSPIRE Middle East. The new flagship business and lifestyle programme is broadcast to a global audience via Euronews and Africanews. Produced in Abu Dhabi every week, INSPIRE Middle East takes viewers on a voyage of discovery through the region's commercial, creative and cultural landscape
INSPIRE Middle East traveled to Dubai last week to interview celebrities and innovators on the ground at the World Government Summit where 4,000 VIPs gathered to discuss advancements in business and technology. Speaking exclusively to musician and futurist Will.i.am, the programme discovers the pop star's passion for Artificial Intelligence and his high hopes for the future of the Middle East's technology sector. The seven-times Grammy winner also reveals how he's helping underprivileged children become the tech titans of tomorrow by giving them an education in maths, the sciences and robotics.
INSPIRE Middle East also chatted with the UAE's youngest innovator, fifteen-year-old aspiring astronaut Alia Al Mansoori. She shares her inspiring story thus far, which has already seen her research published by NASA, and will hopefully result in her travel to Mars. The show has also covered the Sharjah Light Festival. Celebrating cutting-edge light installations, the eleven-day event saw 24 international light artists beam their creative visions onto buildings across the city.
Rebecca McLaughlin-Duane has over eighteen years of experience at leading U.S & Middle East television networks. Prior to joining Euronews, Rebecca ran her own media consultancy, presenting for Reuters TV and writing for publications from Vogue magazine to The National newspaper on subjects from fashion to fine art.
Before that, Rebecca was the Middle East correspondent for Bloomberg Television, travelling extensively in the region and covering events such as OPEC meetings and Arab League Summits. She has also worked as a television correspondent for CNBC Europe, running their Paris Bureau. Rebecca also previously anchored the flagship current affairs programme for state-broadcaster Dubai One TV, and over the years she has interviewed hundreds of celebrities, heads of state and thought-leaders.
She has been a part-time lecturer in journalism at Murdoch University in Dubai and is a graduate of the London School of Economics.