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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bassam grew up in Bethlehem, Palestine. He then moved to Jordan to get his bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Post graduation, he joined 'Media Plus' for 6 years. From there, Bassam set out on his own as a freelance web developer.
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.
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.
Shireen is a consultant, researcher, and human rights activist with a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Her work has focused on the intersections of human rights violations and mental health in protracted conflict, and reproductive health issues in marginalized communities. She has worked with NGOs in the US and Lebanon on domestic and regional public health issues, as well as with several UN bodies. Her published work includes academic research and social commentary.
Lylla is a rising junior at Cornell University. She is studying computer science and comparative literature. Lylla is interested in the budding field of data science and in its intersection with journalism and storytelling in the digital age.
Kelsey Gallagher is a recent graduate of the Honors Specialization Political Science program at Western University, with special interests in critical Canadian security studies and emerging conflict zones. His previous research mandates focused on civil-military relations in the Philippines and the politics of Spanish-American merchant vessels in the 18th century. He is an editor and contributor to The Caspian Report, and enjoys exploring alternative political organization and the geopolitics of the Middle East. His affection for creative media advocating for social justice issues informs his role at Visualizing Impact.
Reem is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a joint specialist bachelor degree in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies. She has been involved in civil society organizing in the Arab world, ground research in Bosnia-Herzgovina, and an equity development project in Colombia. She is passionate about social justice, solidarity activism, and speaking truth to power.
We value creative and technical partnerships with studios, organizations, and individuals. Click to learn more about each partner.
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.
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.
Wael wears a variety of creative hats - storyteller, producer, creative consultant. He is the chief creative officer at Kharabeesh, one of the fastest-growing entertainment channels on YouTube. Kharabeesh produces Arabic-language animated cartoons, music videos and talk shows tackling political and social issues in the Arab world.
Patil Tchilinguirian is a multidisciplinary designer and visual artist. She fuses her passion for visual communication and visual art to deliver immersive experiences in print, pixels and mixed media. Combining her knowledge and experience in branding, data visualization, and spatial design, her work uses different media such as collage, painting, silkscreen, embroidery and street art. Patil spent the last 9 years working for various companies and now runs Patchil, her own design studio. Previously, she was the senior art director at Visualizing Impact. She has exhibited her work in group exhibitions in Beirut, Barcelona and Venice. She holds a bachelor degree in graphic design from the Lebanese American University and is based in Beirut.
Makan is an educational organisation committed to making the Palestinian experience more accessible to a broad audience by using a language of equality, dignity, and rights. In a landscape where Palestinian voices are under-represented, Makan hopes to become a leading (and the only Palestinian-led) educational platform on the issue in the UK.
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