Visualizing Palestine is a multidisciplinary team of techies, social scientists, designers, storytellers, and communication savvies. While the majority of the team is based in Beirut, Amman, or Toronto, VP also collaborates remotely with team members around the world.
A number of talented people are no longer with the VP team, but deserve credit for the substantial contributions they have made to our past work.
Ramzi is passionate about harnessing the power of storytelling, technology and behavioural design to promote social justice. His work at VI spans content and technology strategy. An engineer by training, Ramzi served as the lead curator of TEDxRamallah 2011, organized between Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beirut, and Amman and live streamed to over twenty cities globally. He also founded OnlineCensorship.org, a space for crowdsourcing reports of censorship by social media companies. During 2012, he was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In 2013, Ramzi was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship.
Morad is a web developer and front-end engineer responsible for improving user interface, user experience, Drupal development and working with Ruby back-end developers. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Birzeit University in Palestine.
Joumana’s work revolves around introducing creative processes to address pressing social issues affecting individuals and communities in the Arab region. She served as a co-curator of TEDxRamallah in 2011. She is also a co-founder of Febrik, a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects concerned with social practices in public spaces, with a particular focus on Palestinian refugee camps. Joumana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. She also holds an MBA from the EuroMBA program, a consortium of six European universities including EADA, UCD and Maastrich University. She is a Synergos 2013-2014 Arab World Social Innovator fellow.
Ahmad is the research & production partner with Visualizing Impact. He is an information designer and architect with a decade of professional experience. He is involved in all stages of infographic production and has facilitated workshops with Mozilla Festival, Tactical Technology Collective and Columbia University Studio X. Ahmad holds an MPhil in Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge.
Jessica’s work with Visualizing Impact focuses on developing and planning ideas, projects, and partnerships up to the point that they are funded and ready to enter production. Prior to joining VP, she was involved in refugee rights advocacy in the US, the UK, and the MENA region. She holds an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Kentucky.
Prior to joining VP, Sandy spent 8 years with the Beirut DC Cultural Association, developing expertise in NGO administration. She now handles VP's accounting and HR. Sandy has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Master's degree in Anthropology.
Mary specializes in print design, typography and 3D animation. She is an active member of the Beirut design community, organizing various events related to design thinking and strategies on making ideas happen. She is the lead organizer of Behance Beirut events and has been an active member of the International Society of Typographic Designers since 2012. Mary holds a BA in Graphic Design from Notre Dame University.
Abd El Samiea holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He works with VP as a Ruby and PHP developer.
Patil is a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist leading on product design and development. At the intersection of visual communication, social innovation and public art, her work deals primarily with ideas of well-being and the seduction of public spaces, addressing contemporary societal and urban transformations. Patil holds a BS in graphic design and a minor in Fine Arts from the Lebanese American University.
Naji is a Lebanese graphic designer, type designer and animator. Graduated with a BS in Graphic design from the Lebanese American University. He also holds a Bachelor degree in Applied Arts with an emphasis on animation from the University of Toulouse Le Mirail, and a Master’s degree in interactive multimedia design from the Sorbonne University. After 8 years of professional experience, he launched in 2013 his Paris based design studio where he implements his various creative skills in the visual communication industry.
Hani is an architect and a creative thought leader with twenty years of experience. A graduate of MIT and Harvard, Hani is a founding partner of Polypod, a multidisciplinary award-winning studio in Beirut offering integrated design services in web development, information design, graphic design, branding, architecture and interior design.
Matthew Stender is Creative Project Manager for Visualizing Egypt, a project of Visualizing Impact. Matthew’s professional background spans brand strategy, public relations, journalism, product design, art direction and citizen diplomacy. He focuses heavily on exploring new mediums of cultural communication and has been involved in creative consulting for art, fashion and music projects throughout Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Matthew holds an MA in Global Communication from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and a BA in Global Politics from the University of Texas at Dallas.
Julia is a researcher with Visualizing Impact and a doctoral student in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley. She is writing her dissertation about security and the struggle for public space in Beirut. She brings a public scholarship perspective to her work with Visualizing Impact, bridging detailed research with policies oriented towards social justice. She previously worked on urban development programs with the World Bank in Brazil.
Nathalie is a business professional and consultant. She received her Executive MBA from ESCP Europe Business School and has over 10 years of experience in product management, operations, and team building. With a mix of professional leadership development and business strategy, Nathalie worked with professional startups that developed Mobile and Web solutions to optimize business solutions, identify new business opportunities, and discuss strategic partnerships. At VI, she is currently managing operations and focusing on developing and implementing operational procedures.
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Polypod provides integrated design solutions across multiple disciplines. We are an award-winning studio committed to raising design discourse in our community.
Ahmad is a full-stack software engineer who loves to work on projects with social impact. Although his recent work focuses on bootstrapping start-ups from A to Z, he has also worked extensively with large public and private sector organizations on coding mission critical applications. Notable clients include Deutsche Bank, Cigna and governmental organizations in the US and Canada.
Fadi is an urbanist, interdisciplinary design strategist and management professional. He has ten years of collaborative experience in planning and architecture, process design and infographics, and critical research and social advocacy. He is the editor of the book At the Edge of the City (2010) and recipient of the Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance Award (2008). Fadi holds graduate degrees from Parsons The New School for Design and the American University of Beirut.
Thoraya is a strategic planning and management consultant with eight years of professional experience in both the private sector and the UN. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics.
Sari Kassis is a trade unionist at large and a sustainable development consultant with Q perspective, a regional consulting firm that works with organisations and companies to assist them in building operational and organisational structures and systems that help position them to deal with the challenges of our region and the world today. He is a firm believer in South to South cooperation and tries to function as a node between worthwhile organisations, movements and people.
Jadaliyya provides a unique source of insight and critical analysis that combines local knowledge, scholarship, and advocacy with an eye to audiences in the United States, the Middle East and beyond. The site currently publishes posts both in Arabic, French, English, and Turkish.
Jadaliyya is run and produced on a primarily voluntary basis by an editorial team and expanding pool of contributors committed to discussing the Arab world on its own terms. Where others see only a security threat, conflict, or data on a graph, we see a region inhabited by living communities and dynamic societies.
Amr AlMadani co-founded National TalentS Company for Training and Education (TalentS) in 2007, a local knowledge-based start-up company with a mission to inspire Saudi Arabian youth in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). TalentS has grown to become a leading regional organization in the field of STEM youth empowerment and an international entrepreneurship award-winner. In 2010, TalentS created the Mishkat Interactive Center for Atomic and Renewable Energy, an interactive learning space dedicated to promoting innovation in the field of sustainable energy and facilitating effective learning experiences for over 400 students daily. To advance his objective of creating a scalable, high-impact, low-cost and localized mobile-based program to promote student engagement with STEM, Amr focused his fellowship on examining innovative education methods, science communication and science centers, renewable energy and efficiency technologies, and youth leadership programs.
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