Our Esteemed Panel

Lesley Stahl

Legendary Broadcast Journalist and Co-Editor of 60 Minutes

Lesley Stahl is one of America’s most recognized and experienced broadcast journalists. She was hired by CBS News in 1972, entering a male-dominated industry, and she broke through and made a name for herself. She has been a 60 Minutes correspondent since March 1991. Her 2013 series on Guantanamo Bay, in which she gained unprecedented access to its prison facilities, was honored with an Edward R. Murrow award in 2014. In the same year, she won two Emmys, her 10th and 11th, one for the Guantanamo series and another for an eye-opening story about China’s huge real estate bubble. Among Stahl’s crowning achievements is the Lifetime Achievement Emmy she was awarded in 2003 for excellence in reporting. She is also the New York Times best-selling author of Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting, released in April 2016.

H. E. Yousef Al Otaiba

Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba has been Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States of America since July 2008. In this role, he’s focused on enhancing strategic cooperation in security and counterterrorism, economic development, the arts and culture and charity. A long-time advocate for Middle East peace, his op-ed published in Yedioth Ahronoth, was key to establishing the Abraham Accords and landed him on TIME’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ list. He currently sits on the Leadership Council for the Harvard Kennedy School, the Board of Trustees for the American University in Cairo and the Board of Directors of the Special Olympics. He previously served as the Director of International Affairs for the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In recognition of his dedicated service to the UAE and the US, he was promoted to Minister of State in 2017.

Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi

Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs

Lt. Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi was sworn in as Israel’s Minister of Foreign Affairs in May 2020. Since 2019 he has been a Member of the Knesset representing the “Blue and White” Party. Lt. Gen. (res.) Ashkenazi served as the 19th Chief-of-Staff of the Israel Defense Forces between February 2007 and February 2011, following a long and distinguished career in the IDF.Ashkenazi served in numerous senior capacities in the IDF including Deputy Chief-of-Staff, and head of the  Northern Command. In addition, he served as Director-General of the Ministry of Defense.  After taking a number of years away from the military to work in the private sector, in early 2007, Ashkenazi reenlisted in the IDF following his appointment as Chief-of-Staff. During his tenure, Ashkenazi restored the IDF’s operative capacity in the wake of the Second Lebanon War and led the IDF through a series of campaigns, including “Operation Hot Winter,” and “Operation Cast Lead”, as well as the decisive strike on Syria’s nuclear reactor in September 2007. In 2012 Ashkenazi was appointed, in a voluntary capacity, as chairman of one of Israel’s leading non-profits, the Rashi Foundation. The Rashi Foundation works to foster education and welfare solutions that enable upward mobility for young people in Israel’s social and geographic periphery.

H. E. Dr. Shaikh Khalid Bin Khalifa Al-Khalifa

Member of the Bahraini Royal family

Dr. Shaikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Daij Al Khalifa is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Executive Director of Isa Cultural Centre and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of King Hamad Global Centre for Peaceful Coexistence in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He has also served on the Shura Council, where he was elected, during the 2002-2006 and 2010-2014 legislative sessions, as the Head of the Foreign Affairs, Defense and National Security Committee.Dr Shaikh Khalid has published several studies and academic research in history, as well as analytical articles in politics, international relations, unity, Arab nationalism, peace, tolerance and coexistence around the globe. He is currently a member of the International Academic Affairs Committee at the University of Oxford, UK, member of Board of Directors of Education and Training Quality Assurance Authority of Bahrain, member of the Bahrain National Committee of Education, Science and Culture. He is also a member of Board of Trustees of the Arab Thought Forum, appointed by HRH Prince Al Hassan Bin Talal of Jordan, and he is the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the “Coalition of Arab Thought Centres”. In recognition of his efforts for promoting the concept of “Cultural Diplomacy” and the spread of peace, Shaikh Khalid received the Mediterranean Prize for Culture and Peace for 2018 in Italy.

Sec. Mike Pompeo

Former U.S. Secretary of State and Director of the CIA

Mike Pompeo is the first American to have served in the Cabinet posts of Secretary of State and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency. From serving in uniform as a young Army officer on freedom's frontier on the communist boundary of the Iron Curtain, to spending days on manufacturing floors with hard working machinists making American products for the companies he led, to sitting in the White House Situation room at critical moments - Mike has collected worldwide relationships, unique memories, real achievements and powerful stories of the great Americans he has worked alongside. Serving as our nation's most senior diplomat in his role as 70th United State Secretary of State, the world witnessed the emergence of America as a massive energy exporter, a force for good in Middle East with real peace cemented in the historic Abraham Accords and an American foreign policy based on our nation's founding ideals that put America first.