Lara Setrakian, named one of the Top Women of 2012 by Marie Claire Magazine, is a journalist and foreign correspondent with extensive experience in the Middle East.
Hailing from New Jersey and New York City, Setrakian graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College with a degree in Government. She later received her MBA from Harvard Business School. After Harvard, Setrakian briefly worked as a business analyst with McKinsey & Company.
Setrakian left New York to move to the Middle East, where she covered regional conflicts in the Arab world and Iran. In 2008, Setrakian covered violent unrest in Lebanon and the oil price crises in Saudi Arabia. She was praised for her 2009 coverage of the Iranian presidential election.
Beginning in 2010, Setrakian was then hired by Bloomberg Television to cover the events of the Arab Spring. Setrakian notably interviewed Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati and Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh.
Setrakian recently founded Syria Deeply, an independent single-topic news site focusing on stories and commentary about the war in Syria.
Setrakian was recently named a 2012 Young Global Leader by World Economic Forum’s YGL group.
I’m kind of sad for my 20s. I wish I had had more fun, I wish I had worried less, I’m happy that I’m not feeling anxious anymore, and I don’t worry about approval anymore and I live my own life. I wish I had lived that way throughout my 20s, and when I meet people in their 20s I have the joy of telling them not to worry about anything.
Don’t think, trust yourself. You know more than you think. I wish someone had told me that. I wish I could redo my 20s with what I know in my 30s.
Cinematoography: Ian McAlpin
2nd Camera: Danielle Calodney
Edited by: Danielle Calodney
Interviewed by Laura Lehmann
Produced by: Batsheva Lazarus & Laura Lehmann