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. (Profile Updated 2015)
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. (Profile updated 2015).
Ahmad 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. (Profile updated 2015).
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 came to VI with a background in human rights and international development and a strong interest in social entrepreneurship. As Operations Lead, she has been involved with many VI projects, especially Onlinecensorship.org. 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. (Profile updated 2017).
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. (Profile updated 2015).
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. (Profile updated 2015).
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. (Profile Updated 2015).
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. (Profile updated 2016).
Iman is career researcher with over 20 years’ experience, specialized in qualitative research, project management, strategy and communication. As an experienced project manager, she excels in design and management of large multi-country studies. Her interest in putting her research skills towards public benefit work, social justice, policy and in particular education, led her to pursue a post-graduate degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and was awarded an M.Ed in Social Justice Education. In 2013, she also undertook a certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development to gain the necessary community practice skills to enable her to work with communities. She is an impassioned story-teller and a talented people whisperer and excels in relationship and network building. (Profile updated 2016).
Yosra Gamal is a senior graphic design student based in Cairo, Egypt. Her work revolves around sociopolitical and anthropology-related topics that examine the diverse concerns of the region. With a particular focus on constructive research, Yosra aims to deliver her concepts in a variety of mediums that range from infographics, illustrations, photography, and street art, to typography and digital art. Yosra’s BA project was exhibited at Global Grad Show 2016 in Dubai. Her work was also featured in the CairoNow exhibition in Dubai, and the 100BAP exhibition in Amman, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo. (Profile updated 2017).
Robin is a graduate of Bates College with a BA in Politics and Anthropology. As a student, he conducted fieldwork on right-wing extremism in Sri Lanka and took on a leadership role in Palestine solidarity organizing. Following graduation, he worked with two Palestinian organizations based in Haifa – Mada al-Carmel: Arab Center for Applied Social Research, and the Arab Cultural Association. His writing on Middle Eastern politics has been featured in The Electronic Intifada and The New Arab. (Profile updated 2017)
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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.
Polypod provides integrated design solutions across multiple disciplines. We are an award-winning studio committed to raising design discourse in our community.
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.
The Mlabbas founders started a t-shirt venture in 2004 called teeshirtat.com which sold vintage Arabic tees at the first ever Jara Market in Jabal Amman. In 2010, the project relaunched as Mlabbas with a small kiosk in City Mall, where you can find Visualizing Palestine print products among their unique collection.
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.
The Online Project (TOP) is a leading digital creative agency. TOP works with brands and initiatives to help them get closer to their customers, transforming the way partners engage with their audiences through creative digital, social experiences and products. TOP's team of 60 digital experts are spread across three offices in Dubai, Riyadh and Amman.
Calibro is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Milan focused on tailored data–driven experiences and research. We are interested in exploring new pathways at the intersection between design, data visualization and humanities.
The Online Project is a full-service digital agency working with leading local and multinational brands in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
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