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.
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.
is an award-winning Egyptian journalist, currently the host and chief editor of the "Fifth Estate" TV show on DW Arabic TV. His career began when he joined the founding team of the BBS in 1994. He later worked as part of the Middle East department for the Associated Press and then helped establish Al Jazeera office in London in 1996. Fouda started the TV show "Top Secret" which opened new horizons for Arab investigative journalists.e returned to Egypt after the 25th January 2011 revolution and hosted a talk show "The Last Word" on ON TV. Fouda holds a degree from the University of Cairo and the American University in Cairo.
Hamida El Bour
Currently associate professor of journalism at the Institut de Presse et des Sciences de l’Information (IPSI) of La Manouba University in Tunisia after a stint at CEO of the country’s public news agency TAP. El Bour has been a leader in journalism and journalism education for 13 years in Tunisia and an avid promoter of investigative reporting. She has trained students and professionals in journalism, gender, media, and politics, all subjects that are within her research interests. She was instrumental in development of a master’s degree program in investigative journalism at IPSI and a founding member of the Tunisian Association of Investigative Journalism. She is the editor of a book on public media in the Arab countries (2013), co-editor of a handbook on covering politics (2013), co-editor of a book on being journalist in a globalized communication context (2014), and co-editor of a book on investigative journalism (2015).