Pamela Ann Smith is an independent American writer and journalist who began her career writing about world news for the Associated Press in New York. Since moving to London in the mid-1970s, she has travelled extensively in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa for a variety of international newspapers and magazines, covering business and cultural affairs as well as politics and the media.
Her articles and multi-page supplements on the Arab Gulf countries, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Persian, Islamic and Arab arts, as well as on a wide range of Middle Eastern economic and financial issues, have been commissioned by the International Herald Tribune (now the International New York Times), CNBC Business, the Financial Times, The Times and The Economist publications as well as The Middle East and the regional financial and specialist press.
Consultancy and Research: She is the founder and director of PASCOM Associates, which specialises in international editorial and marketing intelligence. Clients have included the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Oxford Analytica (Texaco), Outsights International (Shell), the Arab Bankers Association, the Palestinian Development and Reconstruction Council (PECDAR), the Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority (Sagia), the Iran Heritage Foundation, the European Commission and the Scottish Executive, as well as a number of embassies in the US, UK and Middle East.
In 2007 Pamela was a visiting Research Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington D.C.
Broadcasting & Digital: Pamela has been interviewed by, or written commentaries for, the BBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, CBS, PBS, NPR, ITV, CBC, MBC, TV5 (French) and ARTF (German) television and radio. She also contributes to womensenews.com and openDemocracy.com.
Books: Palestine and the Palestinians 1876-1983, St. Martins Press, New York, 1984 (currently being updated).
She completed a Masters’ Degree at Harvard University and a C.Phil at the University of California, and also pursued postgraduate study at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany and the American University of Cairo. She speaks Arabic, German and French and, many years ago, Spanish.
Journalism: Contributing writer for the international monthlies, The Middle East, CNBC Business, Institutional Investor and Newsdesk Media. She is also a Strategic Consultant to New York Times Global (print & digital) and to the Paris-based International New York Times.
She is a member of the Society of Authors, London, and a co-founder of the Twentieth Century Design Collection, Dean Clough Galleries, Halifax, West Yorkshire, UK