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.
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.
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.
Abd El Samiea holds a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science. He works with VP as a Ruby and PHP developer.
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.
Yasir Tineh is an aspiring writer currently studying Mass Communication and Media at the American University of Kuwait.
Vanessa is an undergraduate Arts Student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She is member of the Honors program in the Middle East Studies department, where she focuses on the history of the modern Middle East. Her interests include human rights, culture, and languages.
Joe first joined VI in Summer 2014 as a design intern under the supervision of the Senior Art Director. He is currently studying graphic design and visual communication at the American University of Sciences and Technology and is set to graduate in 2015. Joe also does freelance graphic design and illustration work.
Flora has completed her Bachelor of Social Sciences at the IEP Paris ("SciencesPo Paris") and at the American University of Beirut ("AUB"). She is passionate about understanding the causes and reasons behind social injustices and conflict, and strives to apply what she has learned to promoting universal values of equality and dignity. She joined VI because she had previously worked in communications and because of her genuine belief that visualizing reputable data on crucial issues has the power to transform.
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Basima is a researcher and activist with the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM). Her research focuses on reproductive health and resistance in Palestine, and the physical and political landscape of Israel's incarceral regime. She has worked extensively with non-profit organizations in San Francisco, managing social justice centered programs that strive to improve the quality of life of youth and immigrant communities. She received her Masters in Research Architecture from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Musab is a translator and linguist who grew up in Syria to Palestinian parents. Musab studied in Homs, Damascus, and Oxford universities. He is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting in the UK, and also worked for a while as an editor of the Arabic edition of Forced Migration Review, published by the Refugee Studies Centre at the Univeristy of Oxford.
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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.
Wael is an architect by training, an avid blogger, a young entrepreneur, and a passionate storyteller..
He started his career very young at the age of 15 as a digital artist for Byte ME Magazine. Followed by a work position as a designer at Arabia.com in 1997 while he was still a student of Architecture at Jordan University. Later he progressed his path in information design, user experience, branding and innovation in a Leading branding and design company in Jordan “Syntax”. During that he was part of founding the first video and photo sharing website ikbis.com in 2005, in addition to the first arabic twitter clone watwet.com and other web innovations. At the same year he launched his personal blog sha3teely.com which gained allot of popularity and was a major reason behind initiating Kharabeesh in 2008. Kharabeesh now is considered one of the fastest growing entertainment network based on Youtube that serves Arab internet users around the world. It started as a small storytelling house for the new Arab generation and it was aiming to place Arab entertainment on the WEB map. His hobby turned career has resulted in a large profile of productions recounting stories stemming out of his society to reflect its daily realties.
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