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The National announces appointments

The National has announced a series of key senior editorial appointments.

The National announces appointments
Clockwise from top left: Mohamad Ali Harisi; Salim A. Essaid; Greg Tanner; Enas Refaei; Cody Combs.

The National, a global English-language news outlet from the Middle East, has announced three appointments and two promotions as it says it continues to evolve, adapt, and deliver high-quality, relevant multimedia content to its global audience.

Mohamad Ali Harisi joins The National as foreign editor. He was previously at Agence France-Presse, where he was news editor for the Gulf region between 2016-2023 and based in Dubai. At The National, Harisi will lead an editorial team, overseeing international and foreign affairs news and managing the bureaux in the region.

Salim A. Essaid joins as The National’s business editor. Leveraging 15 years of experience, he will shape the business section, covering global economies, money-related and technology stories that matter to business leaders. He has been a broadcast journalist with Euronews in the Gulf for the past four years - with a focus on the impact on society of innovation, technology and entrepreneurship - and was previously with CNN.

Greg Tanner is appointed The National’s new multimedia editor, leading the video and podcast production in Abu Dhabi and bureaux across the world. Tanner joins The National having previously been the team leader and executive producer for Bloomberg in the Middle East and Africa, focusing on stories and events from across the region.

Previously The National’s Multimedia Editor, Enas Refaei is promoted to assistant editor-in-chief. She will help lead the newsroom with a focus on elevating The National’s audio and video output, and working across the newsroom to elevate its award-winning podcasts and videos.

Cody Combs has been promoted to AI & future editor, leading reporting on technological innovations shaping society, such as the fast-evolving generative artificial intelligence landscape, consumer technology, and societal trends. Every Friday Cody delivers The Future Beat newsletter, a round-up of stories shaping tomorrow’s world, and hosts The National’s Business Extra podcast, leading insightful discussions on future trends and the world of business, added the publisher.

Mina Al-Oraibi, editor-in-chief at The National, commented: “I’m delighted that The National has attracted such a wealth of talent to join our award-winning team. We will continue to strengthen our journalistic offering and cements our commitment to evolving and deepening our ability to generate multimedia content across all digital formats, telling the stories that matter.”

Publishing across all digital platforms and produced in print edition five days a week, The National says it delivers the latest in news, business, arts, culture, lifestyle and sport, while leading the region in analytical content and commentary.

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