Brian T. Conniff is President of the Middle East Broadcasting Networks, Inc. (MBN), broadcasting news and information in Arabic to the Middle East. As President of MBN, Conniff manages and oversees the operation of the popular radio network Radio Sawa, as well as two television channels, Alhurra and Alhurra-Iraq. According to international research firms, MBN has weekly reach of more than 32 million people in the Middle East.
Prior to joining MBN, Conniff was the Executive Director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG), where he served as the agency’s senior management official responsible for implementing the policy decisions of the BBG. He directed the agency’s strategic planning, budget formulation and allocation process, and provided oversight and coordination of all U.S.-funded international broadcasting entities and the International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB). From 1999 to 2002 Conniff also served as the acting director of the IBB. Before joining the BBG, Conniff was the Inspector General for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and previously worked for the U.S. Information Agency and the U.S. General Accountability Office.