Irris Makler is an Australian foreign correspondent and author, and an award winning broadcast journalist.
Irris was one of the first journalists into Afghanistan after 9/11 and her book about covering the war there, Our Woman in Kabul, was an Australian bestseller. It focused on the experience of Afghan women as well the western reporters seeing the country for the first time.
For the past nine years, Irris has been a corespondent based in Moscow and Jerusalem. She is now one of the longest serving Australian journalists in the Middle East. She has filmed from the frontline in Iraq and Israel and Palestine for the ABC, and Channels 9 and 7 and various international broadcasters including the Canadian CBC, Deutsche Welle and Public Radio in the US.
Irris was a lawyer before she switched to journalism and talks in very practical terms about setting goals and achieving them in order to find professional fulfillment. She also speaks particularly to women about the importance of following your dreams and the challenges of succeeding in fields traditionally dominated by men.
She is also well-informed about the effect of living with conflict, and the factors that lead to a successful negotiation, having reported attempts at reconciliation between enemies as well as within a society.
On a personal note, Irris was recently injured while on a story, covering riots in the old city of Jerusalem. She was hit in the face with a rock and her jaw was broken in three places. She talks movingly about recovery and resilience, and coming back better and stronger after a setback.
Irris is brave, daring, and funny – and a spellbinding, inspiring speaker.
Irris Makler travels from Israel
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