Yasmine Dabbous Nasser
Is an assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the Lebanese American University’s Communication Arts department. Dabbous got her PhD in Mass Communication and Public Affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2010 and her MS in Communication Studies from Boston University. She is interested in three areas of research: the cultural history of press criticism, the interaction of media and society in Lebanon, and gender communication both in the US and Lebanon. Before working on her PhD, Dabbous worked as a PR consultant for Hill & Knowlton in Riyadh and Beirut and wrote for a number of magazines across the region. She is one of the first Arab university professors to test teach the new ARIJ investigative journalism curriculum. Dabbous has been on the ARIJ Board since 2011, including serving as Vice Chair. She was elected Chair in December 2015.
First Deputy- Arij Chair
Is a leading Yemeni journalist and editor. As an ARIJEAN, he has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2014 and previously served on the Advisory Council of ARIJ, in addition to being a certified ARIJ trainer and coach in investigative journalism. Al Asaadi is a founding member of the Yemeni IJ association. With over 15 years of experience as a journalist, his writings have appeared in Yemeni, regional and international newspapers and magazines, including the New York Times, the Sunday Times and Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly, among many others. A media consultant with practical experience, Al-Asaadi maintains strong connections with local media and key regional and international networks. Voluntarily he has been served as a board member, advisor, analyst, and/or trainer for media organizations, including CPJ, Article 19, Arab Press Freedom Watch, IFJ, IWPR, IMS, DCMF, Yemen Journalists Syndicate, Media Women Forum, and Women Journalists without Chains. Based in Sanaa, he works now as media and communication specialist/spokesperson at UNICEF Yemen. He was elected Vice Chair in December 2015.
Second Deputy- Arij Chair
A Danish journalist, Pia Thordsen has been working for the past 24 years for newspapers, radio and TV and the United Nations, producing national and regional news and short documentaries on international issues. Currently, she is a TV producer at Danish regional television, TV SYD. Thordsen is board member of the Danish Association for Investigative Journalism since 2000 as well as key ARIJ trainer and senior coach. She is a co-founder of ARIJ and has been on the ARIJ Board since 2005, including serving as Treasurer.
Writes weekly political columns in Arabic and English and is syndicated in Jordanian, Arab and American newspapers. Born in Jerusalem in 1960, Al-Sharif comes from a publishing family. His father, the late Mahmoud Al-Sharif, published Al Manar Arabic daily, The Jerusalem Star English-language daily and Ad-dustour Arabic daily. After studying journalism in the United States and Britain, Al-Sharif and joined The Jerusalem Star newspaper in Amman in 1982 as editor. He became chief editor of The Jerusalem Star weekly in 1984 and in 1988 he served as chief editor of Ad-dustour Arabic daily in Amman for few months. In 1989 he founded The Star, Jordan’s only English-language weekly, and in 1994 he co-founded Arabian Communications and Publishing (ACP), an Arab media house specializing in IT related publications. He served as publisher until 1998. He published BYTE Middle East, first IT publication under licence from US; Al Jadeed, under license from Popular Science magazine; Al Taqnieh Wal Amal, in cooperation with the Financial Times IT supplement. Al-Sharif became editor of The Gulf Today English daily in Sharjah, UAE in 1998 and returned to Amman in 1999 to become Director General of Arabia.com, the Arab world’s largest portal. ...
Is an accomplished director, gender specialist and journalist with extensive experience in the management of complex projects dealing with sensitive social and political issues. These include gender and youth focused projects, media campaigns, human rights advocacy, civil society development, and political analysis and research. Murad has implemented programs focusing on research and advocacy on gender, including women’s economic empowerment, the economic underpinnings of honor crimes, and the rights and coping mechanisms of single mothers, stereotyping of boys and girls, and gender bias in Jordanian residency and nationality laws. Murad was also actively engaged with the Pan-Arab and Jordanian media community as an editor and op-ed columnist. She has a Master's in International Relations. She was awarded “MENA Best Woman Manager in the Non-Profit Sector” from the American Chamber of Commerce in 2012. She joined the ARIJ Board in December 2015.
Swedish foreign correspondent, author and international news commentator, based in Istanbul since 2014. Cristiansson previously worked from Nairobi and in Afghanistan. Over the past ten years, she has covered mostly conflict areas in the Middle East. A freelancer, she works mainly for the Stockholm newspaper Expressen, mostly doing investigative foreign news stories. The latest of her three books, House of Talal , is about a Gazan family that lost 29 family members during the Cast Lead operation and how women were affected by the war. Christiansson is currently writing an investigative book about Afghanistan. She joined the ARIJ Board in 2015.
Drew Sullivan, USA, co-founded the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Program (OCCRP) where he now serves as editor-in-chief. He is a journalist and social entrepreneur who founded the Center for Investigative Reporting in Bosnia-Herzegovina in 2004 as well as the Journalism Development Network, an innovative media development organization with programs worldwide. He is the recipient of the European Press Prize, the Daniel Pearl Award (twice), the Online Journalism Award for investigative reporting (twice), the Global Shining Light Award (four times), the Tom Renner award for Crime Reporting (twice) among dozens of others. He has previously worked as an investigative reporter for the Tennessean newspaper and the Associated Press. He has served on the boards of Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute for Computer Assisted Reporting. Before becoming a journalist, he was a professional stand-up comedian and an aerospace engineer on the Space Shuttle Project.