Raghida Dergham

Raghida Dergham is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute and Columnist for The National. She served as Columnist, Senior Diplomatic Correspondent, and NY Bureau Chief for the London-based Al-Hayat for 28 years. She has contributed to Al Joumhouria, Huffington Post, Arab News, Al Arabiya English, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and Newsweek. She was a political analyst for NBC, MSNBC, and LBC for eight years as well as a contributing editor for Global Viewpoint produced for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Since founding Beirut Institute, she has partnered with remarkable board members, global think tanks, exceptional staff, and with host governments of the Beirut Institute Summit such as the United Arab Emirates. Such partnering has allowed her to lead an organization since its inception till it became a highly respected global brand recognized by other think tanks all over the world. She was named one of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women in 2011 and in 2016, and in 2017 she was named "Arab Woman of the Year" for her achievements in Journalism. In 2018, she was named one of the 50 Most Influential Women in the Arab World, and was also honored by Forbes Middle East in Lebanon as one of the most influential people that are supporting the growth of the country’s economy.


02.00 - 02.45
AD Fund Hall
Technological, economic, and social changes are challenging the traditional employer-employee relationship model, with significant impacts for workers and the social protection systems built on conventional employment models. Self-employment and the notion of a “portfolio of incomes” - already prevalent in low and middle-income countries - rather than just one, formal, full-time job for life, is increasingly becoming the “new normal” for many people in developed countries. This panel will consider how governments can reshape their governance frameworks to balance the benefits of increased flexibility in their workforces, while ensuring workers continue to enjoy social protections.