Our Team & Experts
Roula Mikhael is the Executive Director of Maharat Foundation and a journalist with 17 years’ experience at Annahar, one of Lebanon’s leading newspapers. Mikhael has an MA in journalism from Paris II University and a Master 2 degree in Information and communication sciences from the Lebanese University. Mikhael is a consultant and trainer working on building the capacity of journalists and activists; and contributed in developing many publications about media, freedom of internet, and effective communication. She worked on founding “Maharat news” website that serves as a new model of non-partisan journalism. Mikhael is IFEX Council convener for the mandate 2017-2019.
Layal Bahnam is a program manager at Maharat Foundation. Bahnam is a journalist by profession. She has been working as a reporter, producer and presenter in the Lebanese public broadcast and other satellite TVs. Her educational background is law. Bahnam’s work in Maharat also includes resource production and regular training workshops for young and professional journalists in areas such as inclusive journalism and communication strategies, as well as leading advocacy actions to reform media laws and support internet freedom.
Sandra van Edig
Sandra van Edig has been working as a freelance radio and print journalist for various German-speaking media since 1997. Since 2010 she has been working as a trainer and project manager for the DW Akademie. Her specialty is “conflict-sensitive reporting”. Since May 2016, she has been a country manager for the “Syrian Refugees in Lebanon” program in the Middle East / North Africa team. She has a master’s degree in social anthropology.
Jamal Hanna is a project coordinator at Maharat foundation. She has a master degree in School Management and Educational Leadership. She has been working with Maharat on implementing different projects.
Martin Vogl is a freelance journalist and media development expert. As a media development expert, he has worked on DW Akademie projects from Libya to Ethiopia. As a journalist, he has worked extensively for the BBC, The Associated Press and DW among many others.
Tatiana Repkova is the founder of Media Managers Club, the global online sharing resource and a social network for news media management. She is the former Director of Research and Information Management at the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, WAN-IFRA, in Paris, France. She has conducted media management seminars, trainings and consulted media in Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, Central Asia, East Africa and China.
Arwa Al-Obaidi graduated in cultural science and gender studies with focus on project management from Humboldt University, Berlin. Since 2008 she has been working for Deutsche Welle, first as an assistant producer for the German broadcasting department, and later in media development for DW Akademie.