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David Smith

David SmithFormer United Nations Director, Southern Cone

  • Europe
  • Middle East
  • Latin America
  • US

After 30 years as an award-winning foreign correspondent, David Smith joined the United Nations in 2004 to represent the UN Secretary-General in Washington before the White House, the Congress and civil society. He became an adviser first to Kofi Annan, then Ban Ki-moon, working closely with them on issues ranging from Afghanistan/Iraq to climate change to the Milennium Development Goals. In 2014 he ended a decade at the UN as Director in the Southern Cone, based in Buenos Aires.

Smith, who worked first for Reuters, then ITN and Channel Four, was based as a journalist in Spain, Italy, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Beirut, Jerusalem and Moscow before moving to Washington as a White House Correspondent in 1991.

He is the author of three books, one a biography of Robert Mugabe, another a study of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and Maryland (College Park).

He was awarded the Royal Television Society's prestigious International Reporting prize in 1983 for his war dispatches from Lebanon.

Smith was educated at Lincoln College, Oxford, holding an MA in English Literature.