Kim Kelaita produces and creates segments for CNN’s bi-monthly business show, “Marketplace Middle East.” Kim has produced several hard-hitting special reports, including Dubai World Debt Crisis.
Kim is renowned for securing high-profile interviews, having gained CNN’s first exclusive interview with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, for CNN’s World Business Today with Becky Anderson.
She has also done various interviews in the region with top CEO’s and business leaders. Also contributing to CNN World Sports, covering key events such as The Dubai World Cup, The Dubai Desert Classic and various other global sporting activities in the GCC.
She is a regular contributor to CNN’s Inside the Middle East, CNN International, World Sports, World Business Today, and Connect the World from CNN’s Middle East hub in Abu Dhabi. Kim also produces news segments on local as well international events and news stories in the Gulf region.
Before moving to Dubai, UAE in 1996, Kim worked as an anchor and reporter at New York 1’s 24-hour news channel and started her career in New York City at NBC’s “The Today Show” and was an NBC Page…just like Kenneth on 30 Rock!
In 1994, Kim was nominated for a New York Emmy Award for her work as a reporter and producer on “Police Suicide” for outstanding Multi-Part Hard News Story.
In addition to her “day” job in television, Kim is also a former co-founder of Landmark Properties, which was sold in 2008. Today, she is a founding partner of MENA Properties and Listaproperty.com, The Middle East’s first on-line real estate portal.
Since 2016, Kim has been moderating regional panels with a focus on oil, gas, and energy. Moderating at a large number of global conferences, including, KPMG’s AGM, DUETS-FIM, Abu Dhabi Ports Authority, Abu Dhabi International Petroleum and Energy Conference (ADIPEC,) EGYPS 2017, and Thysseen-Krupp.
Kim is also a board of trustee at the American School of Dubai since 2015, working on community relations, development and governance.
She was also nominated for the UN Global Compact board and is a founding member of the UN Women Empowerment Principles in the UAE, promoting sustainability and gender parity parities in the private sector.
Kim has proudly called Dubai home for the past 21 years and lives in the Emirate with her husband and three children.