A founder and executive director of ARIJ since 2005, Rana Sabbagh has dedicated the last 33 years of her career as a journalist, columnist and media trainer to support free speech, independent media and human rights. She helped set up ARIJ – www.arij.net – a media support organization spreading the culture of “accountability journalism” in newsrooms and among media professors and students in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain and Tunisia. Sabbagh, the former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999-Jan 2002), became the first Arab female in the history of the Levant to run a daily political newspaper. Earlier, she was correspondent for Reuters International News Agency (1987-1997) in Jordan and the Gulf. She helped establish Jordan's newest newspaper, Al-Ghad (2003-2004) In addition to her post at ARIJ, she is representative for the Middle East and North Africa on the first elected board of directors of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). She also is the former Jordan correspondent for The Times (of London), a regular columnist for Al-Hayat and al-Ghad as well as media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation She sat on two jury committees: the UNESCO-Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize (2011 to 2014) and ...
Yousef Mohammad Abu Odeh
Finance and Administration Director
Yousef Abu Odeh is ARIJ’s Finance and Administration Director, with 18 years’ experience in different sectors. He is one of ARIJ’s longest serving employees (since 2006). Abu Odeh holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Jordan and a Higher Diploma in Accounting. Before joining ARIJ in 2006, he worked in similar posts in commercial, service and industrial companies.
Editor, Investigations Department
Hamad Al-Othman is editor at ARIJ’s Print/Radio Investigations Department since 2014. He has 11 years of experience as a journalist in different types of media outlets. He worked at Jordan’s ALArab AlYoum daily as editor/reporter (2004-2013) and later was an editor at the press office of the Ministry of Culture in Jordan (2013-2014). Before joining ARIJ in 2014, Al-Othman reported for Etijahat Business Magazine. He is a Journalism graduate of Yarmouk University with a major in Editing and Production.
Abd El Rahman Yahya
video production coordinator
Abd ElRahman is ARIJ’s video production coordinator. He is a producer and director who graduated from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Arts, Mass Communication Department with a Bachelor degree, in Egypt. He worked as a producer for well-known TV shows such as Momken With Khairy Ramadan that aired on CBC Egypt. He is also one of the co-founders of a TV investigations unit called Lazem Nefham, producing numbers of features and in-depth reports and eventually becoming the main producer for the whole show with its weekly and daily versions. He also worked on entertainment TV shows as an executive director such as Abla Fahita Show.
Training & Events Coordinator
Lina Sharaiha joined ARIJ in October 2013 as a Finance and Administrator assistant, with 30 years’ experience in the IT sector. She worked in various companies and establishments (Vehicles, Hospital, IT consultancy & systems, Greater Amman municipality and Banking sector) in programming, developing business and system analysis of different systems on different platforms.
Researcher & Fact-Checker
believes in the multiculturalism & always willing to join multicultural workplaces, she has more than 5 years working-experience in projects implemented for Jordan and EU. Nadia is the researcher & fact-checker for the ARIJIAN’s Investigators in its covering countries within the ARIJ’s MENA Research & Data Desk Project. Nadia has worked with Europe for business (www.e4business.eu) for SCADALAB project. She has a solid experience in the Real-Time Systems, IT Auditing & Strategic Planning. Nadia holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from Yarmouk University of Jordan.
Saad Hattar is a Jordanian career journalist and media trainer, with 31 years of experience in print and radio journalism throughout the Arab World. An expert on investigative journalism, he supervised the print and radio section of the Investigative Journalism Department at ARIJ from 2008 until May 2015. He worked as a stringer for Time Magazine as well as BBC Arabic radio service correspondent in Jordan in )1999-2010). Mr. Hattar has covered wars, riots and elections in Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, the West Bank and Syria. He had served as Jordan-based correspondent (1988-1999) for Agence France Press, with brief stints in Iraq, Sanaa, Jerusalem and Damascus. A former assistant editor-in-chief at Al-Ghad, Jordan's latest newspaper (20014), Hattar also served as editorial advisor for the local mass-circulation Arabic newspaper, Al Rai. He was a stringer in the 1990’s for various Arab and international media: United Press International (UPI), Radio Orient in Paris, Radio Netherlands Arabic service, and MBC/FM, before taking on a full-time job with the BBC. He started his career at The Jordan Times in 1985. A certified trainer/ expert for several international organizations, notably Thomson-Reuters Foundation, he also has worked as consultant media trainer for the Higher Media Council ...