I am a British-Libyan communications consultant. I lived, studied and orked in London until 2008 when I moved to Damascus. I since relocated to Beirut, where I am now based.
I am Managing Director of the UK registered non-profit Sharq Media which runs various programmes related to the development of media in the Arab region. I also work as Editorial and Communications director at Mind the Gap, a design and communication agency established in the Lebanese capital twenty years ago.
I have worked as a communications consultant for fifteen years, enjoying the variety and flexibility consultancy offers. Recent assignments include developing a report for the UN labour agency the ILO; training journalists in Benghazi, Libya with the Danish NGO IMS; and setting up the premier English-language website about Libya during the 2011 revolution as Editorial Director of Libya TV.
I moved to Damascus, Syria in 2008, after working as an editor, publisher and communications consultant in London, where I spent the first thirty years of my life.
Following contracts with the Syria Trust for Development and UNHCR in Damascus - I launched Syria's only English language daily newspaper, Baladna, in 2009, with the country's biggest media publisher, United Group (UG).
I published Sharq, a bimonthly British-Arab socio-cultural magazine, in London in 2005 and 2006 and have appeared as a guest on various prime-time programmes including SkyNews, BBC World and AlJazeera. I have also been a speaker on panels in the Houses of Parliament, and in Doha with Lord Nazir Ahmed, Madrid with Lord Paddy Ashdown, and Baku with Francis Fukuyama, among others.
As a communications consultant I work on projects involving corporate branding, website design and development, search engine optimization, audiovisual production, tailored writing and editing, and media relations strategies. Clients have included the European Commission, Radio Sawa and Canvas magazine.
I hold a degree in Information Management from the University of London and a Masters in Hypermedia Studies and have taught Communication Skills at Kalamoon University and Journalism to media professionals in Syria and Libya.
I am a native English speaker, fluent in Arabic, and currently working on my French.