Our Team

Core Team

  • Bissan Ahmad
    Arts Manager
    Lebanon

    As Arts Manager, Bissan is responsible for supporting Seenaryo’s theatre programmes in Lebanon. She is a performer and writer with a great passion for theatre and holds an MA in directing from Saint-Joseph University. Bissan has worked as a House Manager, Drama and Dance instructor. She has also acted in several short films that were entered into film festivals including the Berlin International Film Festival, London Film Critics’ Circle Awards, Encounters Film Festival and Cabriolet Film Festival. Bissan took part in the American University of Beirut Folk Dance Festival for three years and was a member of One Hand Puppet as a puppet-maker and puppeteer.

  • Lama Amine
    Head of Arts
    Lebanon

    As Head of Arts in Lebanon, Lama Amine manages all of Seenaryo’s theatre and music programmes in country. She has also directed and co-directed flagship Seenaryo productions including What’s Far is Near, I see my ghost coming from afar and Tilka.

    Lama is a performer, choreographer, movement director, teacher and activist. She holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Movement Directing and teaching from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is part of TNT British Company and she performed in the world premiere of My Sister Syria. She has worked as a movement director, and a physical theatre tutor with first and second year BA students at CSSD and Saint Mary’s University. In 2016 she worked on RISE production with The Old Vic New Voices as an assistant movement director. In 2015 she was selected to participate in Home Grown Theatre Project, a collaboration with the Kevin Spacey Foundation in Sharjah, UAE. Lama has worked on two operas with Robert Wilson in New York. She has also been a dancer with Sima Dance company in Dubai.

  • Louay Dawaime
    Arts Manager
    Jordan

    Louay is responsible for coordinating all of the Arts Projects for Seenaryo Jordan. Louay has directed more than six children’s performances with Seenaryo and co-directed the youth performance Four O’Clock. Louay started his professional life as a Fire Safety Engineer but both before and after he has been pursuing his passion for acting and play-writing, gathering more than six years’ experience in the field. He has worked on a number of TV productions and has worked as a trainer and theatre coach for several NGOs including QuestscopeAction Aid and Yaroub where he was the director of partnerships. Louay is one of the founders of Stage For Training and Development and worked as a director and trainer there for several years. Louay is passionate about using the arts in local communities and believes in the power of art for change.

  • Naqiya Ebrahim
    Chief Operating Officer

    Combining a passion for theatre, storytelling and design thinking, Naqiya Ebrahim is Seenaryo’s COO and co-creator of the Playkit. She leads on Seenaryo’s communications, impact reporting and finances as well as managing development of the Playkit app. She co-designs Seenaryo’s training and resources for teachers and facilitators.

    Naqiya previously worked as Head of Impact & Evaluation / Early Years Scriptwriter at now>press>play, Performing Arts Specialist at Artis Education, and Co-director at Saturday Storytellers with Croydon Council. In 2015 she co-wrote Adventures in Noggle Noggle Land, an interactive children’s theatre production. Naqiya aims to use the arts and play to create a new generation of curious, collaborative, critical thinkers – and has worked towards this goal in London, San Diego, Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Jordan.

  • Sara Ghanma
    Education Manager
    Jordan

    Sara Ghanma’s role as Education Manager spans over several areas of work covering; logistical and personnel coordination of Playkit trainings; training and overseeing our Playkit trainers; client and partner communication; as well as research and content development. Sara also supports communications and evaluation processes.

    Sara’s life outside of Seenaryo is just as eclectic! Sara is a theatre actress and aspiring writer with a BSc. in Management Sciences. She is a member of Amman’s first Playback Theatre Troupe, an organiser and host of a literary and musical event called Amman’s Heartbeat, and an amateur blogger. Her previous work experience has been in music consultancy and curating, copywriting, brand management, and research. Sara hopes to use her voice and writing to advocate for the arts and its role in improving mental and emotional well-being, especially in children and young adults.

  • Hiba Hussein
    Office Manager
    Lebanon

    Hiba Hussein is a half Palestinian and half Lebanese, managerial and administrative professional and independent English-Arabic translator and interpreter based in Lebanon. Hiba has worked and volunteered with several international and local organisations, social enterprises and grassroot initiatives working in relief, development, arts and culture. Her relationship with Seenaryo started in 2018 as a freelance translator, but wanted to get involved more in their influential interventions of arts and education. After 3 years, Hiba joined Seenaryo as an Office Manager in Lebanon. Hiba is always eager to follow her passion for visual arts, body movement, music and writing in her collaboration with different artists and groups locally and internationally as she resorts to art-making as a way to express thoughts and feelings, and reflect on history and culture. She’s currently developing her personal visual-dance-music project in collaboration with Mawlana, a music producer, which initially emerged in 2018 in Raqs Al Khawanem (The Khanums’ Dance) visuals. You can find more of her artworks here.

  • Eleanor Jacob
    Communications & Fundraising Officer

    As Seenaryo’s Administrator based in the UK, Eleanor is responsible for social media, finance and supports on general operations for the organisation. Prior to joining Seenaryo, she supported projects in Syria and Libya at IFIT, an NGO that facilitates sustainable transitions in fragile states. Eleanor became interested in art as a tool for change whilst completing a BA in Arabic and Spanish. She wrote her dissertation on Palestinian resistance theatre and has volunteered at the Leeds Palestinian Film Festival and the Shubbak festival of contemporary Arab culture.

  • Rana Jalkh
    Arts Manager
    Lebanon

    Rana Jalkh manages several of Seenaryo’s theatre programmes on the ground in Lebanon, in particular micro-projects in response to the Beirut explosion. Previously Rana has worked with Goethe Institute and Hammana Artist House as a Production Coordinator. She has worked as an Assistant Director and editor for several films and commercials. She has participated in several theatre workshops/plays. In 2019 Rana travelled to Berlin and took part in six Physical Theatre workshops; she wants to continue her artistic journey, exploring more and more the wonders and beautiful adventures of theatre.
  • Victoria Lupton
    Co-Director

    Victoria Lupton co-founded Seenaryo in 2015. She leads on strategic development and manages the Lebanon team. She has also co-directed several Seenaryo theatre productions including The Metamorphosis After Franz Kafka which toured 12 times around Lebanon, and What’s Far Is Near, which brought together women in Lebanon and the UK via video linkup.

    Victoria has worked in and on Lebanon since 2011, first in contemporary art, then directing the US nonprofit SEAL (Social & Economic Action for Lebanon). She has created art projects including the Another Place audio walk which has toured to five countries on three continents; and co-translated two plays for the Royal Court Theatre. She started her working life as an actor, before realising that her strengths lie in acting behind the scenes for a social purpose. She has a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics and a Diploma in Acting.

  • Lara McIvor
    Country Director
    Jordan

    Lara McIvor established Seenaryo’s work in Jordan and has been leading the team there as Country Director since 2018. Lara also supports across the organisation on evaluation and development of training plans resources for both arts programmes and the Playkit. She has co-directed Seenaryo youth theatre productions including Turned Into Stars and a commissioned piece on sexual and reproductive health and rights entitled Four O’Clock. Lara also co-directed the first women’s theatre production in Jordan, The Door Between Us.
     
    Lara has been creating theatre and performing from an early age, specialising in recent years in community collaborations and intercultural work. After her degree in French and Arabic and her Masters in Applied Theatre, Lara was able to combine her passion for working with different communities and her commitment to theatre and worked with organisations such as Lewisham Youth Theatre, the Tricycle Theatre and Prime Cut productions in London and Northern Ireland. Lara has also supported organisations working with Syrian refugees in Northern Ireland by developing and delivering Creative English and Theatre workshops.
  • Aya Nabulsi
    Senior Arts Manager
    Jordan

    Aya is Senior Arts Manager in Jordan. She has been working on the arts and culture scene in Amman and Beirut, especially in the field of theatre and music festivals, for the past 14 years. Aya has a BA from the Lebanese American University in Communication Arts – Theatre, TV, Radio and Film. She has been a cultural practitioner and festival manager in Amman, Beirut, Tunis and Rabat.

  • Dima Nustas
    Education Manager
    Jordan

    With a deep passion for educational development in Jordan, Dima Nustas has diverse experience managing large scale education projects in schools and universities since 2014, working with British Council Jordan and later, INTERSOS. During 2018 she worked with Syrian refugees in south Amman and helped 95% of out of school children get back on track with their education. In 2019 she volunteered in the Erasmus plus program in Bulgaria and started off her own V-Cope project to motivate youth in Jordan to volunteer abroad and work on their personal growth. With Seenaryo, Dima will continue the journey of working towards a generation that has access to quality education and is able to achieve their full potential.

  • Ali Samra
    Education Manager
    Lebanon

    Ali Samra has a great passion for arts and education; combined together they are the embodiment of the Playkit, which is his main focus as one of Seenaryo’s Education Managers in Lebanon. Ali is an artist and performer and he aspires to be an installation artist. Ali joined The Red Bridge Ensemble in 2018  who specialise in Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed among other forms of community arts. He also joined Clown Me In in 2018 under the “We must Clown” project. Ali is an administrative assistant and a trainer with Steps – Civil Company for Change that works on creating transformational strategic moments in the process of community empowerment and change.  Ali is a theatre graduate from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts and Architecture.
  • Oscar Wood
    Co-Director

    Oscar Wood co-founded Seenaryo in 2015. Co-creating the Seenaryo Playkit is an achievement eclipsed only by his frequent and judicious additions to the organisation’s global risk register: “fun and safety share at least one letter” is a mantra he’s still working on.

    Oscar is an educational entrepreneur, consultant, lecturer – but most of all, a teacher. In 2011, he co-founded now>press>play who deliver immersive audio experiences to over 60,000 UK children. He’s been artistic director of Upstage Performance Group since 2004. Oscar is also a children’s composer and conductor, and has led choirs in venues like the Barbican, Southbank Centre and London’s Olympic Park. He has lectured in education at the IOE, Christ Church Canterbury and the University of Cumbria.

Lebanon Freelancers

  • Abdelrahman
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Abdelrahman started acting as a hobby but it soon turned into a passion. He began acting in several plays, taking on lead roles, before he became a theatre facilitator with Seenaryo. He has worked on various theatre projects with children affected by the Beirut blast and participated in online youth theatre.

  • Hassan Akoul
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Hassan is a freelance actor and theatre facilitator. He’s acted in many theatre shows, and played supporting roles in a number of independent films and television series. He’s taken part in theatre workshops with Koon Theatre Group, Zoukak and Wasel. He’s also a member of NABAD Theatre Group. Currently, he’s writing his first play supported by a grant from Ettijahat – Independent Culture.

  • Fida Al Waer
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Fida is Syrian and has been living in Lebanon for eight years. She’s worked with different NGOs within the education field. Fida began working with Seenaryo in 2017 and has been working as a women’s theatre facilitator with them ever since.

  • Sarah Atallah
    Facilitator/Trainer
    Lebanon

    Sarah is a theatre practitioner, she holds a master’s degree in dramatic arts from the Lebanese University. Her studies are focused on social theatre and its impact on marginalised communities. She is also a member of the Red Bridge Theatre Ensemble for Playback Theatre in Lebanon.

  • Roaa Bzeih
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Roaa co-founded Minwal Theatre Company. She works on developing theatre training programmes aimed at actors and non-professional actors, in addition to playing a key role in developing the company’s artistic vision. Roaa has a postgraduate diploma in dramatic studies from the Lebanese University. Her artistic practice is based on the role of the performer in creating dynamic movement and vocal language that simulates contemporary artistic language.

  • Soline Daccache
    Facilitator/Trainer
    Lebanon

    Soline is a specialist in Applied Drama and Theatre. She studied theatre education, psychology, psychosocial support, systemic therapy, drama therapy, psychodrama, Playback Theatre, and Dance Movement Therapy (DMT). Over the past 15 years, she has worked in the field of applied theatre with different community groups. She established the Red Bridge Ensemble, which specialises in Playback Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed. Soline is also a director and performer. She has directed theatre performances with women and children in Lebanon and Cairo.

  • Fadia El Tannir
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Fadia is a professional puppeteer, actress and drama teacher. Throughout her career, she has performed in nine plays, 23 puppet shows and six films. She’s appeared in award-winning feature films including “When Mariam Spoke” and “The Maiden’s Pond”. She’s also participated in several clown and contemporary dance shows. Fadia holds a diploma in acting from the Institute of Fine Arts – Lebanese University. She trained in Lebanon and abroad in areas including Japanese Butho dance, commedia dell’arte, shadow theatre and the red-nose clown.

  • Jad Hakawati
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Jad is an artist and co-founder of Minwal Theatre Company, whose work has been shown in Lebanon and internationally. His practice is intimate, provocative and participatory, with a strong emphasis on public engagement. He has extensive experience in training and facilitating theatre workshops, and has been a puppeteer since 2008. Jad holds a postgraduate diploma in Dramatic Arts from the Lebanese University. His work has been presented in Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia, Uganda, Rwanda and Italy.

  • Farah Hindawi
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Farah is a Palestinian refugee and a leader for Yaabad Scouts. She is studying for a degree in Radio, TV and Film at AUL University. Farah participated in the Seenaryo Studio productions “Metamorphosis” and “I see my ghost coming from afar”. She has also trained to be a children’s theatre facilitator with Seenaryo. Alongside her interest in theatre, Farah has taken part in a number of photography workshops with Dar Al Musawer.

  • Zeina Ibrahim
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Zeina loves to live life to the fullest. She also loves butterflies and the colour blue. She has a degree in theatre and is studying for a masters in non-violent theatre. Zeina dreams of owning a large stadium where anyone can come dance, sing, act, play an instrument, or even paint freely.

  • Rania Jamal
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Rania is (proudly!) training to be a nurse. She grew up in an orphanage and always finds hope to keep living. Rania loves dancing and gymnastics.

  • Dana Jammoul
    Facilitator/Trainer
    Lebanon

    Dana’s true love is theatre. She has worked as a theatre coordinator in various schools and has written and directed award-winning pieces both locally and internationally. She’s also worked with NGOs including Save the Children and Mentors Arabis as a PSS facilitator and theatre expressionist in response to the Beirut blast. Dana has a degree in theatre from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture and is doing her MA in Theatre Research at Saint Joseph University.

  • Nivine Kallas
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    She has performed parts in several dance theatre musicals in Lebanon and the Arab world and collaborated with multiple artists and dance theatre companies. Nivine has participated in workshops conducted by local and international choreographers in Spain, Paris, Italy, Morocco and Lebanon.

  • Seba Kourani
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Seba is a performer, puppeteer, psychosocial support worker and a capacity building trainer. She has worked with different international organisations in the psychosocial department and has used integrated theatre techniques. She graduated from the theatre department of the Lebanese University. Seba performed with Koon Theater Group in Brussels, Gent and Beirut in their production of ‘The Other Side of the Garden’, a partnership with the National Theatre Brussels. She is passionate about working with youth and children.

  • Raghda Mouawad
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Raghda is an actress and a theatre instructor. She holds an MA in Theatre Studies from Université Lumière in Lyon. She has performed in theatre productions in France, Belgium, Morocco and Lebanon, choosing to work collaboratively on unconventional site-specific projects with clear socio-political themes. She has been teaching drama in secondary school in Beirut since 2009. In 2019, she was selected as one of 35 scholars worldwide to be part of the Theatertreffen International Forum to exchange ideas and experiences across artistic and international boundaries. She co-founded the YAZAN Professional Artist Training (YPAT), an alternative theatre training in Lebanon.

  • Rania Mroueh
    Facilitator/Trainer
    Lebanon

    Rania is a theatre facilitator and Playkit trainer with Seenaryo. She has directed several plays with them, including ‘Ghazl Al Banat’. Rania is an actress, voice talent, actor trainer, writer and director. She holds a BA in Dramatic Arts and an MA in Acting Coaching from the Lebanese University and has recently begun her PhD in Theatre. She’s a member of the Red Bridge Ensemble for Playback Theatre and ‘Les Amis de Marionettes’, a puppet troupe that performs in Lebanon and abroad.

  • Jean-Paul Osta
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Jean-Paul is an actor, drama teacher and director based in Lebanon. He joined Seenaryo as a theatre facilitator in 2021. He has an MA in Actor Training from the Lebanese University – Faculty of Fine Arts & Architecture. Jean-Paul performed in the world premiere of the Arabic Opera ‘Antar wa Abla’ and participated in the Lebanese National Theater Festival in 2019. He’s worked as a theatre facilitator and director for several NGOs across Lebanon. Jean-Paul also has a great passion for music; he pursued his studies at the Lebanese National Higher Conservatory of Music in classical singing. He believes that theatre is crucial for the community and that it can contribute to social change and development, particularly for underprivileged communities.

  • Raneem Riman
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Raneem has a degree in theatre and a masters in directing from the Lebanese University. She also holds a masters in drama therapy from USEK University Kaslik. Raneem has been a drama teacher since 2014 and was a founding member of the academic theatre programme for the UAE curriculum, in collaboration with the Emirates Ministry of Education. Outside of drama, she is a Zumba fitness instructor.

  • Nancy Sawaya
    Facilitator
    Lebanon

    Nancy is an established actress, with over eight years experience in acting, coaching and career guidance. She studied acting at the Lebanese Institute of Fine Arts and has an MA in Actor Training. Nancy is an avid researcher, continuously doing new education training to provide the most up-to-date techniques, acting methods and programmes that fit the needs of every individual. Over the past few years, Nancy has held many positions as an actress and backstage crew, as a director, writer, producer, stage manager, stylist and facilitator.

  • Ali Sheikh
    Filmmaker
    Lebanon

    Ali is a freelance photographer, filmmaker and musician based in Beirut. He’s filmed for international organisations and media outlets on various projects and music videos, as well as writing articles and reports, and providing research assistance. He’s co-founder of Syrian Eyes and Jazz Kabeez.

Jordan Freelancers

  • Hani Awad
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Combining his passion and artistic vision, Hani is a theatre facilitator with Seenaryo. He collaborates with partners to develop project ideas and guides group to ensure they meet their objectives. He has worked as a youth media and theatre trainer at Ya’rob for three years. Hani has also worked as a media consultant for various environmental projects. He aims to create an artistic environment in every place he works.

  • Adeeba Badran
    Trainer
    Jordan

    Adeeba is a Playkit trainer and Video Making trainer for Seenaryo. She also acted in the Seenaryo production “4 O’Clock”. She studied Psychological Counselling and works as a life skills trainer for children at Ard Albashar and is a psychological support facilitator at Plan International. She has worked for several civil society organizations, including Generations For Peace, the Noor Al Hussein Foundation and Contact. Adeeba aspires to change the world through art – in all its forms – and always strives to search for something new and fun.

  • Maesara Al Dammagh
    Trainer
    Jordan

    Maesra studied Business Information Systems at the University of Jordan. He currently works as a social researcher on community research and development at the Information and Research Centre – King Hussein Foundation (IRCKHF). Since 2012, he has worked work in the field of development at the Prince Hassan Club and World Vision Foundation. Maesra also founded the Yarub Charitable Society for Development. He has been working with Seenaryo as a Playkit trainer and Video Making trainer since 2019.

  • Mohammad Khreisat
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Mohammad is an actor and director who adores theatre and interactive performance. He graduated from the University of Jordan with a degree in theatre. As a teacher, he’s enthusiastic about using drama and performance influenced by Russian literature to deliver engaging classes. He has acted in various plays at the Amman Youth Festival and the Jordanian Festival of Theatre.

  • Arabella Lawson
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Arabella has been facilitating and co-facilitating theatre with youth and children since she was 17. British-born, her interest in exploring the world through theatre brought her to the Middle East in 2012. Since settling in Jordan, she has spent three years working in Zaatari refugee camp, setting up and running an inclusive theatre for children. Arabella is now a full-time drama teacher, freelance actress and member of Amman’s playback theatre troupe.

  • Mary Madanat
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Mary is an actor, children’s theatre director, certified trainer, drama teacher and theatre facilitator who has worked for more than six years in the field of education. She is passionate about using drama for educational development.

  • May Malhas
    Trainer
    Jordan

    May is a storyteller, researcher, trainer, expressive arts educator and programme director. Through her work she aims to develop children’s ability to awaken and understand their own creativity. May launched an initiative ‘Ostia Osaah’ in 2007, which encourages children to express themselves though arts.

  • Seba Naser
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Seba is a class teacher at the UNWRA University and for many years has had a passion for theatre and the arts. She completed the Young Facilitators programme with Seenaryo and has since become a co-facilitator on Seenaryo Scratches. Seba established ‘Arts Vision’ with two other young people she met on the Young Facilitators programme. Seban continues to apply the participatory theatre techniques she first learnt with Seenaryo in all aspects of her theatre practice with Art Vision. Seba has a particular interest in dance, physical theatre and stage makeup.

  • Eman Odeh
    Set Designer
    Jordan

    Eman participated in Seenaryo youth theatre projects, where she co-wrote and performed in two productions. During the projects she developed her artistic skills as well as her teamwork and collaborative skills. Eman then became a freelance set designer for Seenaryo, working on summer Scratch projects. She has a special way of working with children and produces high quality sets.

  • Raghad Rasras
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Raghad is a self-taught artist who works as the Creative Arts Programme Coordinator at Ruwwad Al Tanmya. She is also a member of an international artist collective at Micro Galleries in Hong Kong.

  • Mohamad Shareef (Solo)
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Solo is a dancer, actor, facilitator and YouTuber. He’s performed in two Seenaryo Studio productions and trained as a facilitator, before becoming a choreographer and director on Seenaryo children’s theatre productions. Solo has also been a volunteer dance instructor for more than 50 dancers at the Jesuit Centre and hopes to develop his skills as a performer, leader and coordinator of performing arts programmes in the future.

  • Abdallah Smaik
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Abdallah is an experienced facilitator and trainer who has been working in the field of arts education for over five years. He is the founder of ‘Stage Training and Production’ and also has experience as an actor, creative director, filmmaker, script-writer and teacher trainer.

  • Shereen Zoumot
    Facilitator
    Jordan

    Shereen is a Jordanian feminist theatre-maker, performer and facilitator. She has a BA in acting and directing from The University of Jordan and won the Chevening Award, completing her MA in Performance Making at the University of Goldsmiths in 2019. She has been a storyteller since 2012 and co-founded the Artistic Freedom of Expression Network (AAT) for women and youth. Her experience spans regional work in Egypt, Turkey, and Tunisia as well as global stages in Sweden, Italy, and the UK. Shereen was also the Associate Director of Queens of Syria, which toured to leading theatres across Britain.

International Freelancers

  • Amani Burhan
    Translator
    France

    Amani is an English teacher and an English – Arabic translator. She has worked with different grassroots organisations in Lebanon. Today, based in  France, she is continuing her studies to become a trilingual translator between, English, French and Arabic. She also volunteers with réfugiés.info.

  • Gemma Clitheroe
    Web Developer
    Czech Republic

    Gemma is a software engineer living in Prague, Czech Republic. She is originally from a small town in the north of the UK. She studied Artificial Intelligence at university, although she now prefers to focus on front end web development. Gemma has been supporting the development of the Seenaryo website since 2017.

  • Nisreen Motiwalla
    Illustrator
    India

    Currently living in Mumbai, India, Nisreen is a graphic designer and illustrator by trade, and an artist at heart. She is passionate about experimenting with different materials – you can check out her recent designs on instagram (@designhappinis).

     

    Nisreen comes from an advertising and design background and has worked extensively with various ad agencies and design houses in the USA, Singapore and India. She first joined Seenaryo in 2019 and has assisted with fundraising as well as contributing to the Playkit, for which she has illustrated over 500 flashcards.

UK Board of Trustees

  • Antonio Gould
    Trustee

    Antonio Gould is the Executive Director of Teach Monster Games. They are a non-profit educational technology company helping over 2 million children learn to read each month and now expanding into other areas of learning and development. Previous to this Antonio has 20 years experience delivering a wide range of projects across web, mobile, social, games and software for brands, broadcasters and charities. More information at www.teachyourmonstertoread.com / www.usbornefoundation.org.uk.

  • Lily Harriss
    Trustee

    Lily Harriss is the Director of Development & Alumni Engagement at the Royal College of Music, London. She has an impressive track record in fund raising and high performance team development. The wealth of experience and history of accomplishments that Lily brings to the role include the establishment and leadership of the Development and Communications Team for Picture our Future: The Campaign for Dulwich Picture Gallery. During the campaign, which had a total goal of £20 million, Lily personally managed the completion of over £18.5 million in gifts and pledges.

    Her other achievements at Dulwich Picture Gallery include the overseeing of multi-million pound gift agreements (including a pacesetting £13 million family contribution and a £6 million corporate bank strategy), leading strategic planning exercises, writing business cases, and aligning funding practices with strategic goals. Lily has also trained staff in a variety of fundraising and management practices with a focus on good business practice.

    Lily’s most recent roles have included Director of Development at English Heritage (Interim), Director of University Fundraising at King’s College London and King’s Health Partners, and Strategic Counsel for LIFT (London International Festival of Theatre).

  • Lina Khatib
    Deputy Chair

    Lina Khatib is the Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House and is a frequent commentator on Middle Eastern affairs in the international media. She previously directed the Carnegie Middle East Center and co-founded and led the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law. In a former capacity she was an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London and published 7 books including Image Politics in the Middle East (2013), Lebanese Cinema (2008) and Filming the Modern Middle East (2006). Prior to that she worked as a radio presenter at Radio Lebanon in Beirut. Outside of her current work in policy, she co-founded the World Metal Congress and is currently developing a theatrical performance about Middle East politics, besides occasional visual art and millinery projects.

  • Alex Khosla
    Chair

    Alex Khosla works for Aikya Investment Management, researching and investing in companies in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. Previously he worked in similar roles at Stewart Investors, AXA Framlington and UBS Investment Bank. He is also a trustee at Angel Shed, an inclusive children’s theatre company in London. Alex is a CFA Charterholder.

  • Shifa Obeid
    Treasurer

    Shifa Obeid works in the Risk Department of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), responsible for a portfolio of more than EUR 3 billion in infrastructure transactions in Turkey, Ukraine and the Middle East. Previously, she worked as a banker in EBRD’s Amman office and Arab Bank’s Project Finance team. Shifa is a CFA charter holder. She is also a member of fundraising teams for several EBRD community initiatives.

  • Salim Salama
    Trustee

Lebanon Board of Trustees

  • Lama Amine
    Chair

    As the Head of Arts in Lebanon, Lama Amine manages all of Seenaryo’s theatre and music programmes in country. She has also directed or co-directed flagship Seenaryo productions including What’s Far is Near, I see my ghost coming from afar and Tilka.

  • Dolly Choucair
    Secretary

  • Rana Issa
    Accountant

    Rana Issa is Assistant Professor of Translation Studies at the American University of Beirut and Sr. research fellow at the University of Oslo. She specializes in literary history and translation. She is the co-founder of SPACE-no.org (Space for the Production of Arab Art in Exile) and is the author of a forthcoming book entitled The Modern Arabic Bible. Rana is also a translator and lives between Beirut and Oslo. 

  • Rania Stephan
    Deputy Chair & Treasurer

    Born in Beirut, Rania is an artist and filmmaker, working with still and moving images, she has directed videos and creative documentaries. Anchored in the turbulent reality of her country, her documentaries give a personal perspective to political events. She intertwines raw images with a poetic edge, where chance encounters are captured with compassion and humour. Work on archival material has been an underlying interest in her artistic work. Her most recent work investigates forgotten images and sounds that haunt the present. By juxtaposing them with new ones, she explores a diversity of meanings, triggering renewed narratives and emotions.  Approaching images like an editor – part detective, part cinephile – she traces absence and remembrance.