Kourosh Ziabari

Journalist and Reporter - World Press Institute fellow - Iran

Kourosh Ziabari is an award-winning journalist from Iran, an Asia Times correspondent, and a recipient of the Chevening Scholarship from the UK’s Foreign Office. He is an alumnus of the Senior Journalists Seminar fellowship by the East-West Center, a 2022 Dag Hammarskjold Fund for Journalists fellow at the United Nations, and a 2022 World Press Institute fellow. He is the recipient of a Professional Excellence Award from the Foreign Press Correspondents Association. Also, he is the silver winner of the Prince Albert II of Monaco and United Nations Correspondents Association’s Global Prize for Coverage of Climate Change.

Ziabari was a finalist for three Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism in 2020, 2021, and 2022. His writings have appeared in Foreign Policy, Al-Monitor, The National Interest, Democracy in Exile, openDemocracy, Responsible Statecraft, Middle East Eye, and The New Arab. His publications have also been featured by think tanks worldwide, including the Middle East Institute, Gulf International Forum, Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, Arab Center Washington DC, and Atlantic Council. Kourosh Ziabari is the first journalist from Iran to be awarded a Gabriel Garcia Marquez Fellowship in Cultural Journalism by the FNPI Foundation and the Colombian Ministry of Culture. He is a non-resident researcher at Trends Research & Advisory.

As a correspondent, he has conducted exclusive interviews with the former Austrian President Heinz Fischer, former Armenian President Armen Sarkissian, former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski, President of North Macedonia Stevo Pendarovski, former Portuguese President Mario Soares, former Prime Minister of Sweden Carl Bildt, the late South African President F. W. de Klerk, former Latvian President Vaira Vike-Freiberga, former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Magne Bondevik and President of East Timor Jose Ramos-Horta. He has also interviewed some 30 Nobel Prize laureates in physics, medicine, chemistry,