Janine di Giovanni is an award winning journalist with more than 20 years’ experience working in working in the field of war and humanitarian aid. She has covered conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo, Rwanda, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Libya, Egypt Palestine, Chechnya, and many other places. Her work usually centers on the human cost of war, and the suffering of civilians. She is currently Newsweek's Middle East Editor and a consultant to many humanitarian organisations on disaster and war. In 2013, she was voted one of the world' most 100 influential people reducing armed conflict by Action on Armed Violence. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, Granta, Harpers, and for many years she was a foreign correspondent for The Times of London. Her 2012 TED on war and the effect on civilians has gathered 450,000 hits so far. She has written five books, all on war and conflict, and is currently writing a book on Syria for WW Norton. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.