2018 News Digital Media Viability Lab

Meet the graduates of the 2018 Media Management Training

Marwa Amer, Egypt

Marwa Amer is an Egyptian News TV reporter and producer. She holds MA degree in Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship (Media and Communication) from Goldsmiths, University of London. Throughout 10 professional years, Marwa worked for a number of distinguished local and international media institutions. Her last job was a News Producer at Sky News Arabia, where she was responsible for producing current affairs news bulletins. Previously, she was BBC’s Arabic reporter in Egypt from 2011 and 2015. She covered the significant events which occurred in Egypt and parts of the Middle East during that period. Amer reported the uprising in Egypt and Tunisia in 2011, the Egyptian presidential elections in 2012, the 30th June protests in 2013, the dispersal of Rabea Square protests and the Egyptian constitutional referendum in 2014. In 2013, Amer took part in establishing the web TV at dotmsr.com as video managing editor.

Mahmoud Atout, Jordan

A digital media content & business strategist, with expertise in digital instruments, visual storytelling, trends analysis, and revenue generation. All of which coupled with background in ICT and more than 10 years of experience in business excellence, digital transformation and project management. My work has always been facilitating changes to re-establish harmony among units and silos; formulating cross functional teams to create and publish engaging digital stories, capturing the imagination of the audience across the content value chain on different ecosystems.

Ziad Barouni, Jordan

Founder & CEO of the multi-award winning branded content startup, Snackable News. He has over 15 years experience in content marketing. Prior to Snackable News, he founded Waleg, first blog that covered pop culture news in the MENA region in English, becoming one of the top 500 most popular sites in the world between 2007-2009 according to Alexa. Ziad is also an international trainer & consultant in entrepreneurship with intergovernmental organizations, several incubators and the MIT.

Hassan Chaaban, Lebanon

Hassan Chaaban has been working for Almayadeen Media Network as Foreign Bureaus Manager since 2012. He was Aljazeera network’s executive and financial manager in the Beirut bureau between 2008 and 2012. Hassan writes articles in the areas of management and self-development for IDARATI magazine, Almayadeen.net and Annahar newspaper. He has a master degree in Business Management and MIS.

Laila Echafaqi, Morocco

Laila has been the Executive Director of Radio Plus, Agadir, Morocco since 2007. She is graduated in R&D from University Foundation of Las Palmas. She has a Master 2 degree in management sciences and marketing of innovation from Paul Verlaine University of Metz and a professional license degree in journalism from Ibn Zohr University of Agadir. She also had some in house training with DW-Academy, CFI, and INA-Expert in Paris and an internship in France Médias Monde. Laila is also managing the public relations of Radio Plus Network

Basma El Baz, Egypt

Basma El Baz is the Editor-in-Chief of Nile Radio Production websites: NogoumFM (AR) & NileFM (EN), both are the most popular radio stations in Egypt. She is also a contributor for the Huffington Post U.S edition. Previously, Basma managed Projects & FrontPage for Yahoo MENA working between Egypt and United Arab Emirates. She was one of the co-founders of Shorouk News portal – a daily prominent news outlet in Egypt – & worked as Senior Editor overlooking all editorial operations.

Haramoun Hamieh, Lebanon

Haramoun is a media professional with more than 8 years of experience in digital platforms, content creation, editorial strategy and media startups. He is the assistant digital content manager at Al-Hayat newspaper. He also co-founded Figurit, a tech startup focused on media monitoring and news discovery for journalists and publishers. Haramoun holds a BA in Political Science and International Affairs from the Lebanese American University and is an experienced researcher.
He also received training and certificates on various subjects including content management, social media management and transmedia storytelling.

Daoud Ibrahim, Lebanon

Media Instructor at the Lebanese International University, Beirut Arab University and Saint Joseph University. Arabic Senior Editor at the Institute for War and Peace Reporting. Member at the Lebanese Press Order. Winner of the “Peace Journalism Award” granted by UNDP & AFP Foundation in 2010. Named as one of the 50 most connected tweeters in Lebanon by Portland Communications. Social media consultant and trainer. Investigative journalism trainer. B.S from Lebanese University in Journalism and Master in Diplomacy and Strategic Negotiation from Sagesse University. Former editor and Reporter at Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, Beirut Office. Worked as freelancer TV news editor and newspaper and magazines editor photographer and reporter.

Sanaa Khoury, Lebanon

Sanaa Al-Khoury (1985) is a Lebanese Journalist and media professional. With an academic background in French Literature and Journalism, she started her professional career in 2008 as an editor and reporter at the cultural section of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar.
Between 2012 and 2016, she served as Head of the Media Section (Sawt w Soura) at Assafir Newspaper. During her 10 years career, she worked as a media consultant and as writer and editor for many Arab online outlets, like Raseef22 and Vice Arabia among others. With main journalistic focus on arts and culture, she’s also interested in mental health and gender.

Arkan Manucher, Iraq

Press writer in many newspapers and websites (Arabic and Kurdish), working as freelance journalist and newsroom director in radio, TV and online media since 2007, writing political reports for many publications and satellite TV stations in Kurdistan Iraq. Media adviser at Kurdistan parliament – Iraq (2014-2016). Participating in many training courses inside and outside Iraq about press work. I have bachelor degree in veterinary medicine and an advanced diploma in meat hygiene.

Mariam Mohanna, Lebanon

Mariam Mohanna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer and Communications Engineering (CCE ’99) from AUB and an MBA from Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge. Her career has spanned multiple disciplines starting with freelance web development, then shifting to marketing consumer goods at Procter & Gamble. Between 2010 and 2017, she was the Digital Strategist/Product Manager at As-Safir Newspaper where she oversaw overhauling the website; developing mobile apps; establishing a digital newsroom; implementing and monitoring the social media strategy; digitizing the archive; and assessing content distribution platforms and news apps. Currently, she is consulting for some media organizations on digital strategy.

Ameera Mubarak, Jordan

Ameera Mubarak has been working as an acting News Chief Editor in Radio Jordan since 2012. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism and New Media from Jordan Media Institute/ University of Jordan. She also has a specialized diploma in Development Journalism from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication- Delhi- and has been awarded “Press Trust of India Award” after completing the diploma for her distinguished performance. Ameera is one of the first two Arab female to join the SERE/ Survival school in Sweden, where she took part in an intensive training program run by the Swedish Army in Covering News in Armed Conflict Zones.

Suha Oda, Iraq

Suha Oda is a journalist and human rights activist who has worked in the press for eight years. She is manager and editor in chief of Start Fm radio, one of the media projects through German in cooperation and transformation that focuses on transitional justice in Mosul and Nineveh province for the post-conflict phase with ISIS. She has worked as a reporter for many media institutions including Deutsche Welle and the Monitor. I have documented stories of violations against civilians in Mosul and have documented crimes against Yazidi and Christian women.

Basil Okoor, Jordan

Basil okoor is the founder, publisher and editor in chief of the electronic news agency jo24.com. He has 20 years experience in TV,radio, print and electronic news outlets. He also founded Jordan’s first electronic news agency. He has a master degree in international relations –honor degree –(1996-1998) as well as bachelor’s of science in political science –honor degree-(1992-1996) both from the University of Jordan –Amman.

Emad Omar, Egypt

Emad Omar has worked for Reuters for two decades and had been the editor-in-chief of Aswat Masriya, the news website established by Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) to cover Egyptian affairs applying the international standards of journalism. He is now the managing editor of the “Accountability through In-depth and Ethical Journalism in Syria”, a project run by the Guardian Foundation of UK, the International Media Support (IMS) of Denmark and the Arab Reporters for Investigative Journalism Network (ARIJ) of Jordan. He has worked also for the Egyptian media before joining Reuters and has extensive journalism experience in the Middle East covering wars and conflict zones as well as reporting about economic, social and political issues. He works also as a media trainer and coach and has supervised more than 20 investigative stories with ARIJ. He has trained dozens of journalists around the Arab World and is a jury member for several annual prizes for journalism in the Arab World.

Aziz Saidi, Morocco

Aziz Saidi is the editor in chief of « La Tribune Afrique », a continental online and print media. Previously, Aziz held the position of General Manager of the Moroccan Federation of Information and Communications Technology. He won the literature prize awarded by a Moroccan TV (2M).