Mark Lee Hunter
An award-winning investigative reporter, scholar, and author of the UNESCO-funded International manual “Story-based Inquiry - A Manual for Investigative Journalists”, Hunter is an adjunct professor and senior research fellow at the INSEAD Social Innovation Centre in Fontainebleau, France. He is a founding member of the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) and of Journalistes enquêteurs francophones associés. Hunter has written more than 100 investigative features and nine books, which have earned him IRE, SDX, National Headliners, H.L. Mencken and Clarion awards. He holds a doctorate in communication from the Universite de Paris II/ Panteon-Assas.
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 supporting free speech, independent media and human rights. She helped set up ARIJ – www.arij.net – a media support organization that spreads the culture of “accountability journalism” among professors,students, and professionals in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Palestine, Bahrain and Tunisia. Sabbagh is the former chief editor of The Jordan Times (1999 2002), the first Arab woman to run a daily political newspaper in the f the Levant. 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 and a media consultant/trainer for Thomson Reuters Foundation.
An assistant professor of journalism and media studies at the Lebanese American University Dabbous earned her Ph.D. in mass communication and public affairs from Louisiana State University’s Manship School of Mass Communication in 2010. 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 U.S. and Lebanon. Dabbous previously 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 teach the new ARIJ investigative journalism curriculum. She has been on the ARIJ Board since 2011, and was elected chair in December 2015.
Hamoud Al Mahmoud
Now chief editor of the Abu Dhabi-based Harvard Business Review Arabia and Aliqtisadi.com, a leading business e-magazine, Al Mahmoud joined the staff of ARIJ in 2014 as researcher. He set up ARIJ’s MENA Research and Data Desk in cooperation with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and in 2016, he became head of the ARIJ Print Investigations Department. In addition to those duties he coached ARIJ-trained journalists who were part of the award-winning “Panama Papers” project. Working with ARIJ as an investigative reporter in Syria from 2006, he advanced as an ARIJ coach, supervising new investigative reporters from Syria. Al Mahmoud has a masters in n media and communications and has received many fellowships and advanced training opportunities at BBC, Reuters, IREX, IMF, Swedish TV and OCCRP. Al Mahmoud has spoken and trained at many regional and global investigative journalism conferences. He was lecturer at Damascus University ‘s Media, Radio and TV Department(2013-2014). He served as economic expert at Carnegie Middle East Center (CMEC) and UN ESCWA-- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia in 2013.
Yaser Al Zayyat
Managing Editor at ARIJ since January 2017, Al Zayyat is a media trainer with extensive expertise in radio, print and video journalism. He started his career in 1988 and has worked for a number of newspapers and magazines in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and UAE. He has worked as trainer and media development consultant with many Egyptian and international media organisations including Free Press Unlimited and ARIJ. He has expertise in international professional standards for journalists, journalism ethics, investigative journalism and managing multimedia investigations,and has overseen newsrooms in Egypt, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, the Netherlands and Turkey. He headed the investigative unit at Egypt’s OnTV before moving to the Netherlands in 2014 as chief editor of the Arabic unit at Radio Netherlands Worldwide. He belonged to several committees in charge of selecting Arab media awards including the annual best ARIJ investigations in 2013, 2014 and 2015.
Abd El Rahman Yahia
Abd El Rahman is ARIJ’s video production coordinator since January 2016. A producer and director, he graduated from Ain Shams University’s Arts, Mass Communication Department. He worked as a producer for several well-known TV shows in Egypt such as Momken with CBC’s Khairy Ramadan. He co-founded Lazem Nefham, a TV investigations unit at the same TV station where he produced features and in-depth reports. He also worked as executive director on entertainment TV shows such as the Abla Fahita Show.
Ahmad Suliman Nawar
Ahmad Suliman Nawar is an award-winning investigative journalist and senior producer for the DW Arabic weekly show “the Fifth Estate” since March 2017. For two years before that he was senior multimedia editor at ARIJ in Amman. He coached Arab journalists in Jordan, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Yemen, Bahrain, Iraq and Tunisia, oversaw their research, and helped them write compelling scripts. For the past six years, he has produced many award-winning TV investigations for various Egyptian TV stations including CBC, ONTV and Dream TV.
Saad Hattar is a Jordanian journalist with 33 years of experience in print and radio throughout the Arab world. He also is a certified trainer/ expert for several international organizations, notably Thomson-Reuters Foundation and IREX. 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 was a stringer for Time Magazine and a BBC Arabic radio service correspondent in Jordan between 1999 and 2010. He has covered wars, riots and elections in Iraq, Yemen, Gaza, the West Bank and Syria. He served as a Jordan-based correspondent for Agence France Press (1988-1999), with stints in Iraq, Sanaa, Jerusalem and Damascus. A former assistant editor-in-chief at Al-Ghad, Jordan's latest newspaper , Hattar also advised the local mass-circulation Arabic newspaper, Al Rai. He was a stringer for various Arab and international media: United Press International , Radio Orient in Paris, Radio Netherlands Arabic Service, and MBC/FM in the 1990s.
Ivo Burum is an Australian journalist and award-winning writer, director and television executive producer. A mojo expert now, he has more than 30 years experience in fact-based reporting, , including working on frontline international current affairs like Foreign Correspondent and 60 Minutes. A pioneer in UGS creation, Burum holds a Ph.D. from Deakin University and lectures in multimedia journalism. He also has trained more than 1,500 print journalists and hundreds of students in mojo. He develops powerful community-based mojo projects and runs Burum Media, a mojo and web TV consultancy that trains journalists, educators and citizens. He has published widely, including his latest book: Mojo-The Mobile Journalism Handbook.
Based in Sarajevo, Miranda Patrucic is an investigative reporter and regional editor for OCCRP focusing on Central Asia, the Balkans and the Caucasus. Highlights of her work include exposing billions in telecom bribes in Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, uncovering hidden assets of Azerbaijan's and Montenegro's ruling elites, the €1.2 billion arms trade between Europe and Gulf fueling conflicts in the Middle East, and ties between organized crime, government and business in Montenegro. She collaborated with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) on a project involving tobacco smuggling, the US$ 4 billion black market in endangered bluefin tuna, Swiss Leaks and Panama Papers. She is the recipient of the Knight International Journalism Award, the Global Shining Light Award, the IRE Tom Renner Award, the Daniel Pearl Award and the European Press Prize. She is much in demand worldwide for training journalists on how to investigate and uncover corruption, money laundering and how to follow the money.
Omar has worked over the course of his long career as a senior editor, editor-in-chief and trainer for organizations ranging from Reuters, ICRC, Aswatmasriya.com, Thomson Reuters Foundation (TRF) to the Arab News Agency. He has expertise in print media, TV, and digital media, and he has covered war zones and areas of conflict. He has trained dozens of journalists in Arab countries on in-depth and investigative journalism, and has supervised dozens of investigative stories for ARIJ.