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TEDinArabic Curator

TED has launched the TEDinArabic initiative dedicated to providing a global platform for thinkers, researchers, artists, change-makers across the Arabic-speaking world. In partnership with the Qatar Foundation, the program will feature a global ideas search, regional events and a two-day flagship event in Doha, Qatar featuring original TED Talks, all in Arabic.

The TEDinArabic curator is responsible for selecting and working with all TEDinArabic speakers to develop new TED Talks in Arabic over the course of the project. This includes working with speakers spread across regional events, and a TEDinArabic flagship event scheduled to take place in Doha in early 2022. The ideal candidate for this position should have a deep understanding of the Arabic culture, the different dialects and an excellent command of the modern standard Arabic. This is a contract position. 


  • Possess 8-10 years of relevant media and/or curation experience, either working in media and events or covering regional issues at a reputable publication
  • Must be fluent in modern standard Arabic - written and spoken 
  • Strong writing, editing and communication skills in both English and Arabic
  • Possess incredible contacts in the fields of technology, entertainment, education, design and science within the gulf region and Arabic speaking world at large  
  • Demonstrated experience working with and coaching speakers for high stakes presentations and/or meetings.
  • Demonstrated speech writing, editing skills and active listening skills
  • Must be curious, creative, collaborative, and personable
  • The ideal candidate will also have a modern take on communication strategy, public speaking skills, audience expectations, an understanding of audience expectations and be up-to-date on the latest communication trends and research 
  • Familiarity with producing online content is a plus
  • Ability and excitement to travel within the region for events



  • Understanding and integrating the TED style and adapting this to the Arabic language requirements
  • Support event Theme development in collaboration with TED and partner teams 
  • Support global Idea Search launch by collaborating with the TED team on application and comms plan
  • Review all Idea Search submissions, including vetting calls with potential speakers and consultation with the TED team to finalize the speaker list.
  • Supplement Idea Search with expert speakers from the region that will bring needed topics and ideas to the stage 
  • Work with final speakers through the rigorous TED process of developing ideas into TED talks, including virtual rehearsals, script editing and fact checking to distill important ideas into accessible content
  • Write content, in Arabic and English, including Talk titles and descriptions for posting of talks on
  • Work with the TED team and the Qatar Foundation to make key decisions on all event logistics including running order, creative feedback and oversight 
  • Other duties and special projects as may be assigned from time to time
  • Willingness to contribute however possible to ensure overall effectiveness of position


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