Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies


Media Brown Bag: Wed, February 3, 2016 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Room 1st floor). Raneem started her career in FMCG at Procter & Gamble, where she worked for over 3 years on hair and beauty brands covering the CEEMEA region. She then moved on to M&C Saatchi MENA, due to her strong interest in the world of advertising and communication, where she worked for almost 5 years building her expertise in the Telecommunications field. She managed one of the strongest Telecom companies in the region, Zain, across the Group level and in Saudi Arabia. Raneem recently returned to the marketing field as the Marketing Manager at M media, an online VOD platform, which is in its early launch stages; its first original production, “Bennesbeh Labokra, Chou?”, is currently in cinemas across Lebanon with global launches in the pipeline.

“The Naked Blogger of Cairo: Creative Insurgency in the Arab World” by Dr. Marwan M. Kraidy (January 11, 2016). Investigating what drives people to risk everything to express themselves in rebellious art, The Naked Blogger of Cairo (forthcoming from Harvard University Press in May 2016) uncovers the creative insurgency at the heart of the Arab uprisings. While commentators have stressed the role of social media, Kraidy argues that the essential medium of political expression was not cell phone texts or Twitter but something more fundamental: the human body. Brutal governments that coerced citizens through torture and rape found themselves confronted with the bodies of protestors, burning with ...defiance and boldly violating taboos. Activists challenged authority in brazen acts of self-immolation, nude activism, and hunger strikes. The bodies of dictators became a focus of ridicule.

A Talk with Dr. Bassem Youssef, December 3rd, 2015, 6 PM (Issam Fares Hall). Cardiac surgeon turned satirist and columnist, Bassem Youssef, best known for his satirical news program, Al Bernameg, makes his first visit to AUB. Al Bernameg, which aired from 2011 to 2014, was the most watched show in the Middle East with almost 40 million viewers every week. Having recently served as a Resident Fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Dr. Youssef is embarking on several future projects and he is now a frequent guest speaker at different venues across the world.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 25, 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor). Marc Dfouni has worked in various fields including Business Process Coordinator, Inventory Coordinator, as well as Y2K Consultant at Microcell Solutions, Canada. After one year as a Project Manager at BlueSponge Inc, Marc was promoted to General Manager and Chief of Operations. He has also managed high scale projects that have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Cannes Lion d'Or. Marc co-founded Beirut-based Eastline Marketing in 2006 and is presently its CEO and Managing Partner. In 2012, he was named amongst the top 20 Entrepreneurs in Lebanon.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 16, 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Auditoriium) From the trenches of Jabal Mohsen and Bab El Tebene to center stage...and now to the big screen. Love and War on the Rooftop: The Documentary, Directed by Samer Ghorayeb. A conflict resolution project by MARCH.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 4, 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor) Michael Downey is an independent journalist, photographing, filming, producing and writing on a variety of topics including news, conflict, culture and music. Michael Downey was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where he spends part of the year commercial fishing and photographing across the state. He graduated from Western Washington University where he concentrated on Arabic, history of the Middle East, and Islam, along with International Relations. After studying at the American University in Cairo, Downey had the opportunity to cover the beginning of Egypt's 2011 uprising, before moving back to Cairo in 2012 to continue freelancing, where he began to write for Rolling Stone Middle East. Later he would move to Beirut and begin to focus more on photography and filming, where his work has appeared in Rolling Stone US, Channel 4 News London and BBC, of which he is now producing, filming and editing stories for World News, along with writing and photographing for other divisions of the BBC.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 28, 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor) Anthony Semaan is the co-founder of Beirut Jam Sessions, a company that organizes and promotes concerts, acts as a booking & management agency for bands and produces session videos. Having previously worked in the Telecommunications field for 4 years - in Lebanon, Switzerland and Spain - he returned to Beirut to change field and start up his own project in June 2012: Beirut Jam Sessions. At Beirut Jam Sessions, he has previously managed bands such as The Wanton Bishops and Who Killed Bruce Lee and has been managing Postcards since 2013. The company also acts as the booking agent for Safar, Lumi, Karim Douaidy, Karim Khneisser, Dualist Inquiry, Roscius and Gurumiran. Currently he also works with the Byblos Festival as the Marketing & Media manager.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 21, 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor) Mr Nabil Sargi is an "adman" with 12 years of experience in brand servicing and strategic planning at BBDO and Leo Burnett, before joining Drive-Dentsu.Throughout his career, he was assigned to a number of local, regional and global brands including - but not limited to - Gauloises and Gitanes from the Altadis portfolio, Emirates Airline, Audi Cars, La Libanaise des Jeux (Lebanese Lottery), LibanLait, Always, Gillette, Braun and P&G’s Haircare/ Beauty business in Central/Eastern Europe, Middle-East and Africa, which he operated at the capacity of Regional Communication Director.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 30 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor) Mr. Allers is an internationally recognized music journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster who specializes in music-related and socially conscious media production - with a focus on the subcultures around him. He's been based in Beirut, Lebanon for the last 9-years and has produced/directed numerous documentaries and documentary segments for outlets like VICE, Radical Media, BBC World Service, Al Jazeera English, and Red Bull Music Academy. For the last year he has been the resident filmmaker for the Beirut-based independent music/subculture magazine - Audio Kultur
Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 23 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 1st floor) Fe-Male, is a non-profit, civil, non-sectarian Lebanese organization founded in 2012, It works under the umbrella of Human Rights Charter to ensure women’s rights as integral part of human rights. As a continuity for its work on changing women's image in media and ads, Fe-Male produced a documentary about Women’s image in Lebanese media and Ads entitled "Image Upon Request". The documentary highlights the patriarchal tendencies in the Lebanese society and how this tendency reflects itself in the media, through extracts from different TV series and ads and video clips and billboards and some Lebanese talk shows. The image portrayed of women in the media and ads is discussed and critically assessed in this documentary through interviews with feminists and media and advertisement experts.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 16 2015 at 2 pm (Seminar Room 1- 1st floor) Anne Kaun (PhD) is an assistant professor at the Department for Media and Communication Studies at Södertörn University, Stockholm. Being interested in the relationship between crisis and social critique, her current project concerns historical forms of media participation that emerged in the context of large-scale economic crises. In 2013, Anne has published the book Being a Young Citizen in Estonia – An Exploration of Young People’s Civic and Media Experiences.

The Kamel Mrowa Award in Media Studies: Wed, May 27 2015 at 5:30 pm (Charles Hostler Auditorium) The event will feature a screening of the documentary " تلفزيون وائع " (Fallen Television) directed by this year’s Mrowa Award winner Maya Majzoub, the film critiques the history and present of Lebanese TV news and tackles the complex array of geopolitical, sectarian, economic and cultural factors that influence TV news production in Lebanon. The award will annually honor an MA in Media Studies graduate with outstanding academic performance and who produces a project or thesis about the past, present or future of Arab journalism.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, May 6 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Zena Haddad is the moving images specialist for Red Bull Middle East Africa, working with over 12 markets in the region. Haddad worked as a freelancer on several TV shows in Lebanon, Qatar, Dubai and France. Moving from second assistant producer to executive producer took her around 6 years. Since 2010, she has been working with Red Bull.

Hollywood Legend - Roger Allers in Conversation at AUB: Mon, April 27 2015 at 12:30 pm (Charles Hostler Auditorium)
Allers began his animation career in the 1970s working at Lisberger Studios.That was followed by feature work for Nelvana in Canada and for Tokyo Movie Shinsha in Japan. In 1986, Allers would fulfill his childhood dream of working at Disney. His credits as a story artist there include “The Little Mermaid”, “Beauty & the Beast”, and “Aladdin”, among others. His first film as a director was "The Lion King”.He also co-wrote the Broadway stage adaptation.

Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 23 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Helena Cobban is a veteran writer and researcher on war and peace affairs in the Middle East. Two of her seven sole-authored books deal with the conflict between Syria and Israel. She has also studied post-conflict justice issues globally and in sub-Saharan Africa. Over the course of her career, Cobban contributed regular columns to both The Christian Science Monitor and al-Hayat; and blogged at In 2010, she founded a global publishing house, Just World Books, which she has been running since then.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 15 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Aleksandra Kovac is a best-selling singer-songwriter and music producer from Belgrade, Serbia. In addition to being the first Serbian MTV award winner, she has won various awards for her work in theater, TV, and film. Aleksandra is the founder of record label RAproduction. As a film composer, she was nominated for the European Talent Award and her work got nominated for this year's BAFTA Scotland award. She is currently one of the judges at the X Factor Adria music show.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 8 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Dalal Mawad is a TV reporter with LBCI in Lebanon working as a field and studio reporter. Prior to working for LBCI, Mawad worked as a freelance deputy news editor with Al-Jazeera English in Qatar working on the Syria desk. She has also worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including the New York Times, covering Syria and Lebanon. Mawad was a finalist for the Samir Kassir Award for the freedom of the press in 2012 for her article on Lebanon’s Jewish community.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 1 2015 at 2 pm (College Hall B1)
Karl Sharro aka “Karl reMarks” is a leading satirist and Commentator on the Middle East. He has written for a number of international publications. His blog Karl reMarks has been featured in many media outlets such as The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and others. He has spoken on a range of issues such as art, architecture, urbanism and politics, at MoMA, the Barbican, Internazionale Ferrara and others. He presented his argument for open borders in a TedX talk in London in 2011.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, March 18 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Nicholas Geahchan graduated from ALBA (Lebanese Academy of Fine Arts) with a Master degree in Advertising. He joined JWT in March 2001 and started in JWT Beirut as Junior Copywriter, promoted to Creative Director in February 2007 then to Executive Creative Director in September 2009. He has worked in JWT Beirut, Casablanca, Damascus, Amman, Paris and handled projects and tasks across the MENA region. Geahchan is currently based in Beirut and works across the region.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, March 4 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Ammar Abd Rabbo's work has been published in the world’s most widely circulated publications, where he signed more than 60 magazine covers. His virtual exhibition on the photo-sharing website Flickr has had more than two and a half million visitors. During the twenty five years of his career, his portfolio amassed intimate portraits of head of states, war coverage, world-renowned celebrities, as well as high society events such as the Cannes Film Festival and Paris Fashion Week.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, February 18 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Katia Yasmine has extensive knowledge of the Lebanese market and is one of the leading public relations practitioners in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Advertising from Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Yasmine joined the TRACCS family in 2008, and has become the Managing Director at the TRACCS Lebanon office. Her team’s interdisciplinary portfolio includes relationships with leading international and local companies in the medical, automotive, technology, hospitality and luxury retail fields.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, February 11 2015 at 2 pm (West Hall, Auditorium B)
George Azar is a documentary filmmaker and photojournalist. He
has covered world events for the past thirty years. His award winning films include: “Gaza Fixer,” “Two Schools in Nablus,” “Free Running Gaza,” and “Beirut Photographer”. Azar is the author of the book Palestine, A Photographic Journey (University of California Press, 1991) and co-author of Palestine, A Guide (Interlink Books, 2006).
Media Brown Bag: Wed, February 4 2015 at 2 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Raymond Homer is Transterra Media's news room director & Chief Content Officer (CCO) in charge of the creation and distribution of news product. He has over 40 years of experience as a reporter, producer and bureau chief with ABC. Homer is a seven times Emmy Awards winner, whom over the course of a career covered among many other stories, the Iraq War, the Lebanese Civil War, the US invasion in Somalia, Mother Theresa, along with the Death of Michael Jackson and Indira Gandhi.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 26 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Patrick McDonnell is the LA Times correspondent in Beirut, covering Iraq, Iran, Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his coverage of the Syrian conflict for 2014 together with Raja Abdelrahim. He started out his career at the Dallas Times Harald and then joined the Los Angeles Times. He was posted in Beirut two and a half years ago, actively covering Iran, Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Lebanon.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 19 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Jimmy Ghazal is heading the digital operations at “Quantum” where he is in charge of digital thinking and implementations for group companies. "Quantum" is made up of several companies from the various industry disciplines: Advertising (“M&C Saatchi MENA”), Branding (“Brand Central”), Media (“Vertical”), Production (“Firehorse”), Digital and Content (“Mercury”).
Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 12 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor) Eli Rezkalla is the Editor in Chief and Creative Director at Plastik Magazine. In 2007, Rezkallah settled in Lebanon and launched his creative direction studio and production house Beyond Production, a year later Plastik Magazine was launched. In 2010, Plastik was granted the Golden Award for “Best Publication in the Middle East” by the DCCI Printing and Publishing Group at the Dubai International Printing Awards and the 2010 Premier Print Award in New York by the Printing industries of America Inc.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, November 5 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor) Karim Safieddine is the founder and CEO of, the world's largest VOD streaming destination for Arab Feature Films. Safieddine founded Cinemoz following a career in Film & TV production and distribution as an international sales agent, negotiating premium content licensing for the EMEA and digital platforms. He is also the founder of Red Room Productions, a Paris based company dedicated to content production and distribution of Digital formats developed on web and mobile trends in European markets.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 29 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207)
Lara Hajj is the Programs Director at Quantum Communications. She has over 7 years of experience leading strategic communications programs in the MENA region and supporting on strategy formulation. She directs and coordinates all management aspects of projects with external contractors and several group divisions, from advertising campaigns and public relations to media planning, buying and performance management. Lara holds a BA in public administration and political science with a minor in psychology, graduating with distinction from the American University of Beirut.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 22 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Multipurpose Lab 3rd floor)
Delphine Eddé is a partner and co-founder of Diwanee, a company building online portals for women in the Middle East. Eddé has worked in online business advertising and publishing with DDB Paris and Condé Nast France where she managed new media and digital activities for publications such as Vogue and Glamour. Created in 2008, Diwanee has rapidly become the leader in women's Arabic online content, working with the most prestigious local and international brands.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 15 2014 at 1 pm (IFI Auditorium)
Henrik W Jørgensen is the Dean of the Faculty of Journalism and Media at the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and in that role is in charge of the school’s international activities. Inger Munk heads the International Department of the Danish School of Media and Journalism, and has experience of many years working with projects and organisations within European education.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 8 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207)
Maurice Aaek is a Beirut based Syrian Journalist and Online Journalism Trainer at BBC Media Action. Aaek contributes to a number of national publications, magazines and online newspapers.In 2005 he co-founded ‘Aram Group’ in Damascus. The organization consisted of a group of journalists working in team and writing investigative reports, providing professional media consulting and planning media campaigns. He conducts training courses as a trainer with BBC Media action in (Libya, Tunisia, Algeria) on Social Media, Internet Journalism, and on basic journalistic skills.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, October 1 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207) Jackson Allers is a music journalist, filmmaker, and broadcaster who specializes in music- related and socially conscious media production. He's been based in Beirut for the last 8-years and has produced/directed numerous documentaries and documentary segments. He has also been documenting emerging artistic trends and their political intersections within the Arab world through his blog, shooting numerous session music videos, and is the producer/host of the Lebanese segment for Red Bull Music Academy Radio's online radio show.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 24 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207) Hatim El-Hibri’s research and teaching interests synthesize global media studies, visual culture studies, urban studies of the Middle East, media history, and critical theory. He completed his PhD at New York University's Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. His current research is in the history of media technologies and urban space in the Middle East, and examines the cultural politics of Arab satellite broadcasting in light of the history of the visualization of Beirut. His work has appeared in the International Journal of Communication and the Arab World Geographer.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 17 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207) Marc Dfouni has worked in various fields including Business Process Coordinator, Inventory Coordinator, as well as Y2K Consultant at Microcell Solutions, Canada. After one year as a Project Manager at BlueSponge Inc, Marc was promoted to General Manager and Chief of Operations. He has also managed high scale projects that have won numerous awards such as the prestigious Cannes Lion d'Or. Marc co-founded Beirut-based Eastline Marketing in 2006 and is presently its CEO and Managing Partner. In 2012, he was named amongst the top 20 Entrepreneurs in Lebanon.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, September 10 2014 at 1 pm (Nicely 207) Teemu Kinos is the CEO and founder of SoSho, Mobile Application Start Up based in Finland that specializes in delivering the best user experience in shoe related mCommerce. Sosho is the first social shopping mobile application in Scandinavia. Mr. Kinos has past experiences of business model development, growth marketing and media start ups in the Middle East, where he studied and completed his research for his Master’s degree in Economics.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 23 2014 at 11am (Nicely 207)
George Ajjan is an international political consultant, strategist, and commentator helping candidates win elections around the world with mastery of election dynamics and campaign strategy. He began his political career in the US, counseling politicians at every level on all aspects of research, media, and campaign operations - then expanded the practice to the global arena, serving top-tier clients accessing a world-class network of pollsters, lobbyists, and fundraisers.

Media Brown Bag: Documentary Fim Screening "Women's Island" followed by Q&A Wed, April 16 2014 at 11am ( West Hall - Auditorium A)
Leyla Assaf-Tengroth is an award winning Swedish reporter and film director. Her notable documentaries include “In the Name of God,” “Two Dollars With or Without a Condom,” and her 1986 documentary, “AIDS and HIV in Africa,” is one of the first reports on the AIDS virus.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 9 2014 at 11am (Nicely 207)
Pierre Rabbat
is a Lebanese television host, and producer. He hosts Men El Ekhir, an entertainment multi-guest talk show broadcasted on MTV Lebanon (Murr Television), and produces several shows from Fillers, Reality TV to Entertainment and Soap Operas.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, April 2, 2014 at 11am (Nicely 207)
Mohamed Fathallah is the co-founder and regional managing director of - the Netflix of the Middle East. Having started as a social video network and having grown tremendously in the MENA region, recently launched its brand new video on demand service Telly Plus. Telly’s video on demand library includes work from major Hollywood studios like Sony, Lionsgate, Disney, Miramax, Weinstein, and Summit in addition to top Arabic productions from ART and others. Mr Fathallah is also behind the collaboration to fund and produce Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet as an animation feature film directed by Roger Allers and produced by Salma Hayek.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, March 26, 2014 at 11am (IFI Auditorium)
Roy Haddad is among the most prominent names in the advertising industry in the Middle East. In July 2012 he was appointed as Middle East and North Africa’s director for WPP, the London-based multinational advertising agency with a $20 billion market capitalization. Haddad also acts as the Chairman of the American ad agency JWT. He is responsible for a network that covers around 4,000 executives in the region and has under its umbrella several networks including JWT, Grey, Young and Rubicam, Ogilvy Group and many others.
Media Brown Bag: Wed, March 19, 2014 at 11am (IFI Auditorium)
Dr. Sami Nader, columnist for Al-Monitor and director of the Levant Institute for Strategic Affairs, moderates a panel discussion on the news coverage of the Syria war. The panel includes: Dr. Jad Melki, Director of the Media Studies Program at AUB and a former broadcast and digital journalist, Mr. Jean Aziz, a columnist for Al-Monitor and Al-Akhbar and host of a political talk show on OTV, and Mr. Ali Hashem, a contributor to Al-Monitor and Al Mayadeen TV news network's chief correspondent. He was Al Jazeera's war correspondent and a senior journalist at the BBC.
Media Brown Bag (March 12, 2014)
Nicholas Noe is a co-editor of the Heinrich Boell Foundation's journal on the Middle East called Perspectives, the editor of the 2007 book, Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah (Verso), Co-Founder & Editor-in-Chief of the Beirut-based news translation service covering the Middle East media and the Director of the Exchange program ( which now counts more than 270 student alumni from 45 different countries.
Media Brown Bag (March 3, 2014)
Jimmy Ghazal is heading the digital operations at “Quantum” where he is in charge of digital thinking and implementations for group companies. "Quantum" is made up of several companies from the various industry disciplines: Advertising (“M&C Saatchi MENA”), Branding (“Brand Central”), Media (“Vertical”), Production (“Firehorse”), Digital and Content (“Mercury”).
Media Brown Bag (Feb 26, 2014)
Michael Randall has been managing large-scale media development projects worldwide since 2000. Previously a newspaper journalist specializing in the former Eastern Bloc, Michael has raised and implemented over $35 million worth of business for the BBC World Service Trust now BBC Media Action. In 2005, Michael led the team, which developed the BBC’s online learning system, iLearn, which has been translated into 15 languages and rolled out in more than 30 countries.
Media Brown Bag (Feb 19, 2014)
Gabriel Chamoun is a producer/partner at the Lebanese production company The Talkies. Under his management, the company has evolved to become the regional leader in the production of TV commercials, short films and feature films, including “Ghadi” directed by Amin Dora, written by and starring Georges Khabbaz. He is also the founder and CEO of The Gate, one of the most highly regarded film and digital post-production facilities in the Middle East.
Media Brown Bag (Feb 12, 2014)
Jihad El Murr is the General Manager of two leading radio stations in Lebanon: Nostalgie, and NRJ. He is also the Chief Operating Officer of MTV Lebanon and Chief Executive Officer of 2U2C (leading Concert Promoter in Lebanon), Arabooking (largest booking agency in the Middle East), Instruments Garage (Music Instruments Stores), Audiovision (recording studios), and lately Aghani Aghani (Music TV & Radio). El Murr discusses the current state of the media industry in Lebanon and the employment opportunities for fresh graduates in the industry.
Media Brown Bag (Feb 5, 2014)
Meris Lutz is a journalist and translator based in Beirut, Lebanon. She is currently deputy Lebanon editor of The Daily Star, Lebanon’s leading English-language newspaper. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The National, The Huffington Post, The Outpost, and Al Akhbar. She has also translated the writings of Mansoura Ezzedine, Elias Khoury, Rabih Mroue and Fadi Tufayli, among others.
Media Brown Bag (Dec 5, 2013)
While still an AUB student, Al Thoumy's tv career started in the year 2000. Celebrity interviews, awards shows, beauty pageants, morning shows, international film festivals, primetime formats; he's done it all. Today, the amateur host became a regional tv name with a show that became a cultural reference: Min AL.
Al Thoumy discusses his work as a TV producer, host and social activist.
Media Brown Bag (Nov 26, 2013)
Nora Boustany is a veteran foreign correspondent who began her career at UPI and AP. She began writing for the Washington Post from Lebanon, eventually moving to Washington, where she started her own independent news column, covered embassies, diplomatic news, and conflict resolution efforts. Boustany teaches journalism at AUB and occasionally pens columns for The Daily Star and The Washington Post.
Media Brown Bag (Nov 19, 2013)
Alexander Marquardt is the Middle East correspondent for ABC News, based in Beirut. He started his career in television news at NBC after graduating from Georgetown University. Marquardt was the first US network correspondent in Cairo when the Egyptian revolution started. He won an Emmy Award in 2012 for his part in ABC news's coverage of the Libyan conflict.
Media Brown Bag (Nov 12, 2013)
Melissa Tabeek is a freelance journalist based in Beirut and Managing Editor at Transterra Media. She reports on politics, culture and refugees. Omar Alkalouti is an independent photojournalist based in Beirut and Multimedia Editor at Transterra Media. They will talk about the work of independent journalists in the digital age.
Media Brown Bag (Nov 7, 2013)
Ali Mak started his career at Virgin Radio Dubai; as not only one of the first presenters on-air, but as one of the key members who helped launch the station ground. Mak was the Executive Producer for “On-Air With Ryan Seacrest” and has also appeared in various TV shows across the Middle East but his heart will always be in radio. In 2013, Mak was asked to move to Lebanon to launch Virgin Radio Lebanon. He currently hosts the evening show there. Mak discusses the job of a radio presenter.
Media Brown Bag (Oct 29, 2013)
Dalal Mawad is a multimedia journalist. She is currently working as a TV reporter for LBCI in Lebanon. She was previously a freelance deputy news editor with Al-Jazeera English in Qatar. Prior to Al Jazeera, she worked as a freelance journalist for various publications, including the New York Times, covering Syria and Lebanon. Ms. Mawad discusses the work of a TV news editor as well as the work of a TV reporter.
Media Brown Bag (Oct 24, 2013)
Elie Nasr co-founded FOO_ in 2009 and is currently the Managing Partner. Described as a “Mobile Magician” (Entrepreneur Magazine), he is a constant innovator and leader in the mobile apps space in Lebanon. Prior to founding Foo_, he worked with Accenture in consulting multinational corporations on adopting latest concepts and being the market leader in innovation. Nasr discusses Mobile Application and Games Development as well as Media Entrepreneurship.
Media Brown Bag (Oct 8, 2013)
Ghadi Sary , News Producer at BBC Beirut, graduated from AUB with BA in political studies and MA in International Relations from the Institut Barcelona d Estudis Internacionals (IBEI). He has been working as the BBC producer in Beirut since 2011, covering the conflict in Syria and the developments in Lebanon. The BBC Syria team has been acknowledged worldwide for its coverage, winning top international journalism awards. Mr. Sary discusses priorities and responsibilities of producing news in conflict areas.
Media Brown Bag (Oct 3, 2013)
Dr. Maha Taki, project manager at BBC Media Action, has a significant expertise in delivering successful projects in fragile and difficult contexts and environments such as Libya, Syria and Lebanon. BBC Media Action is the BBC’s international development arm that works to support media development activities internationally. Taki discusses research and development of BBC Media Action projects in the Middle East.
Media Brown Bag (Oct 1, 2013)
Omar Sadek has 16 years of experience working in both the private and public sectors. Starting out his professional life in advertising with agencies such as Grey, Omar moved on to become a Marketing Manager and then Director at Future TV Network. He then joined Impact BBDO Beirut. He has won numerous awards in advertising and communication shows notably for the “Cheyef Halak?” campaign. He discusses his career in advertising and what is involved in creating award winning campaigns.

Media Brown Bag (Sept 26, 2013)
Dr. Mohammed Jawad, a medical doctor and research fellow at Imperial College School of Public Health, London, is known for pioneering waterpipe smoking research in the UK. He has an interest in the new field of health communication, especially social media use for health promotion, and will be outlining its growing importance in healthcare organizations.

Media Brown Bag (Sept 19, 2013)
Nehme Abouzeid, Publisher of Time Out Beirut and Entrepreneur Magazine, examined the dire state of the publishing industry in Lebanon and how his company is finding innovative ways to overcome numerous economic challenges and political instability.
Media Brown Bag (Sept 12, 2013)
Jamal Ghosn, Managing Editor of the English edition of Al-Akhbar newspaper discussed editorial decision making and verifying information in the digital age. Ghosn, who started his media career as a blogger, has worked in television (both on and off camera), radio, print, and online media. He specializes in digital media production and management and is a regular commentator on regional politics for international media

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