John Defterios is veteran, award winning journalist and economic analyst with more than 35 years of experience at CNN, Reuters and PBS Television in the United States.
John recently retired as CNN Business’ Emerging Markets Editor and Anchor. Based in the network’s Abu Dhabi bureau since 2011, his reporting focused on the top business stories from emerging economies, with a specialty in trade, geo-politics and energy.
He is a board member in media and the youth development arenas, Professor of Business at NYU-Abu Dhabi and World Economic Forum Energy Fellow.
Defterios arrived to the UAE during the regional uprisings of the Arab Spring and covered the economic rebuilding and challenges across the region. Major story coverage included: the impact of Covid-19 on the global economy and oil prices collapsing into negative territory for the first time. Defterios remains a sought after fixture at high-level global events as both a speaker and moderator. He chairs sessions at the World Economic Forum, IMF Global Roundtable, St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, ADIPEC, Atlantic Council Global Energy Forum, U.A.E. World Government Summit, Gastech, Global Manufacturing & Industrializaton Summit (GMIS), Economist Global Summits, Islamic Development Bank Annual Meeting, Stern Stewart Institute, UNWTO Global Tourism Council, World Energy Council, World Utilites Forum.