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. Now ARIJ is operating as a network in the Arab world. 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 a 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 the 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 newspapers as well as a media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
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.
Yazan Abu Al Rous
Business Development Expert
Business Development Expert at ARIJ, Yazan Abu Al Rous, has more than 10 years experience generating revenue, increasing brand awareness and exposure for leading organizations in Jordan and Saudi Arabia including JLVM a King Abdullah Design and Development KADDB subsidiary and MTTS a Saudi Bin Laden Group Subsidiary. He worked on development projects in Libya in 2014, providing capacity building training to more than 20 local NGOs on leadership, project management and proposal writing. Yazan Al Rous has an MBA degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from the Hashemite University in Jordan.
ARIJ's program manager, Lina holds a masters' degree in media and communications from City University of London where she did a thesis on political activism through social media. She got her undergraduate degree in applied English from the University of Jordan. She worked previously in the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation of the EU Program Administration Office. She worked at an economic consulting firm in Amman, researching policy and individual firms for international and national organizations.
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.
Musa’ab Al Shawabkeh
An award-winning journalist, Musa’ab Al Shawabkeh helped establish the investigative reporting units at Radio Al Balad and Ammannet website. Over a four year period, he led an investigative reporting team that produced a number of print and cross-media investigations attracting national, regional and international attention. He was a member of an investigative consortium, led by the Global Investigative Journalism Network, that exposed the Panama Papers. Musa’ab Al Shawabkeh also has extensive experience in teaching investigative journalism to Arab reporters
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.
MENA Desk Editor
Award-winning journalist and research consultant, Carole Kerbage is the MENA desk editor at ARIJ. Before joining ARIJ, she worked as a freelance journalist for several Arabic newspapers, including Al-Hayat, Annahar and Al-Akhbar, and as a reporter for Assafir Newspaper (2012-2014). She was a research consultant at the International Labour Organization – Regional Office for the Arab States (2009-2016) - and an academic researcher at Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut (2015-2016). She was awarded the “Samir Kassir Award for Freedom of the Press” for Best investigative article in 2009. She holds two Master’s degrees. She holds a Master of Political Science from Saint Joseph University and Paris 1 University, Pantheon-Sorbonne and a Master’s degree in labour and social movements from SOAS, University of London.
Mokhtar began his experience in investigative journalism five years ago, upon joining the ARIJ Network. He has a master’s degree in Media Literacy and Political Participation in the Middle East, and has competed several investigations, two of which have received awards from the network itself. Upon joining ARIJ, Mokhtar was able explore the production of television reports on a mobile phone, which is a platform instrumental to the ever-changing ways that information is spread. BBC Arabia has picked up seven of his mobile journalism reports looking at the lives of those in Damascus during the war, which began in 2011, to publish on their website. Working with the network has not only expanded his skills as an investigative journalist, but has also aided in the advancing of his written and spoken skills surrounding the English language. Mokhtars’ work with ARIJ has made him feel confident that his professional potential is fulfilled.
Department of Digital Communications
Anas is a journalist with nine years of experience in the media field. He began his professional career in 2013, working with ‘Project Meidan’ on design and programming of their online press materials. He continued his work in Jordan on the program, “The Game of Numbers”, presenting economics figures, working with news agencies such as JO24, Arab News Today, Channel Vision, and Al Balad Radio. Upon moving to the United Arab Emirates In 2016, he contributed to the establishment of a training center for disabled persons in the field of media production. In 2018, Anas returned to Jordan, and joined the ARIJ Network, working with the department of specialized social media platforms and digital communications.
Eman holds M.A. degree in Human Rights and Human Development, from the University of Jordan. In 2015, she defended her Master's thesis -entitled “Women's Rights, Islam and Cultural Relativism: The Case of Contemporary Jordan", which was published by Lambert Academic Publishing (LAP) in Germany, 2016. She holds also B.A in Translation from Yarmouk University. Before joining ARIJ, she worked as a Human Rights Researcher at the University of Cologne in Germany. She was the Head of the Translation Department and Translator for Dar Alfalah for Publication & Distribution (2012-2017). She was also Human Rights Researcher at the National Society for Human Rights (2014-2017).
Majd Darwish joined ARIJ in May 2017, she has 3 years experience working as an accountant for Kharabeesh, she has a bachelor degree in accounting from the University of Jordan
Training & Events Coordinator
Lina Sharaiha, who joined ARIJ in October 2013 as a Finance and Administrator assistant, has 30 years’ experience in the IT sector. She has worked in programming, developing business and system analysis for a variety of companies and sectors, including government, health, banking and IT consultancy.
Yazan Ali joined ARIJ in 2010 after completing his Secondary education degree. He works as an administration and financial assistant and has became one of our most important team members. His dedication and loyalty makes him an example for all ARIJ team members.