Ricardo Karam is a veteran talk-show host, motivational speaker and advocate of promoting Arab achievement and social causes. For more than twenty years, he has worked with the movers and shakers of the world, inspiring Arabs to break new ground one conversation at a time.
His business acumen and analytical training gave him the confidence and ability to create new concepts in a pre-satellite era where quality shows were in short supply, setting himself apart with his interviewing style, forming a conduit between the special insight he was collecting from interviewees and a growing Arab TV audience.
With an ability to put his guests at ease while forensically dissecting their lives, he invariably encourages them to open up and reveal their innermost thoughts. A long line of international and Arab figures broke the silence; stepped center stage and bared their souls under the glare of his studio lights. He went on to interview people with great influence such as the Dalai Lama, Farah Diba Pahlavi, Noor Al Hussein, Bill Gates, Luciano Pavarotti, Valentino, Ivo Pitanguy and Zaha Hadid.
In 2010, he decided to take storytelling to the next level and use it as a means of creating impact. He brought together those he worked with over the years and created TAKREEM in his image: bold, inclusive, and creative. It stems from his faith in a thriving Arab world and his strong belief in the importance of giving back to one’s community by empowering its beacons and honoring its traditions.
In 2018, TAKminds came as a natural next step in the Foundation’s strive to bring about change. By building on its singular momentum and the untapped potential of possible synergies, this initiative aims to unite the TAKREEM community through thought and action-triggering events, talks, and activities. It pushes people to make the most out of each encounter, one of Ricardo’s main strengths.
A hardcover, pictorial book details his encounters with the interviewees, Privileged Encounters (2000) was launched. He then authored The Lebanese Paris (2005), a book that narrates the story of the Lebanese community in France, since the outbreak of the civil war in 1975 till the year 2005.
Besides being a family man, Ricardo spends much of his spare time adopting and promoting causes, he spends most of his time embracing and promoting initiatives and causes, primarily those that are youth and health related and boost cultural and educational progress. He believes that “culture can succeed where politics fails. It combines hearts and fights fundamentalism and dictatorship with peaceful weapons”.