di Giovanni is a Writer, Analyst, Policy Advisor, Human Rights Activist and Public Speaker on the Middle East, Africa, & the Balkans where she spent many years. She is Senior Fellow/Professor at Yales' Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.
She recently finished the Edward R. Murrow Fellowship at The Council on Foreign Relations. She is the former MENA editor of Newsweek and Pakis Fellow at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. In 2016, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award for field work over the past 25 years, most recently, Syria. Her latest book "The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria" has been translated into 30 languages and called "necessary and devastating" by the NY Times. It received two awards and is shortlisted for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism.
She is a non-resident International Security Fellow at the New America Foundation and an Associate Fellow at The Geneva Centre for Security Policy. She is a strategic communications adviser and moderator of high-level panels for the World Economic Forum, the World Bank, the UN, Harvard, Princeton, and the LSE. Her TED talk on conflict resolution, filmed at the USIP, has reached more than 950,000 viewers. She is a former adviser on the Syria conflict to the UNHCR, and has advised senior officials on policy for the EU, NATO and others. She was a delegate to William Hague’s conference on addressing sexual violence during conflict.
As a writer, she was one of the youngest students at the elite Iowa Writers' Workshop where she earned an MFA. Later, she reported war for more than 25 years in the field. She won nine awards for her work, and published eight books. Action on Armed Violence named her one of the 100 most influential people reducing armed conflict.
Di Giovanni is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was recently a delegate to Women in the World Summit. She lives between Paris, New York and New Haven.