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Professional Status

Freelancer
Available

About Me

Currently offering my services in the culture and education sectors as I've been constantly gravitating towards both over the past 15 years. It seems I can't get enough of panicky students, restless audiences and impossible deadlines. One has to rise to one or two challenges !
Based in Beirut, I'd be ready to jump on a plane for a short-term mission if required and happy to answer your questions if you think I could be the right fit for the position.

Experience

Consultant in Cultural Projects Coordination

Beyt el Kottab
Since March 2017
  • Organise cultural events
  • Coordination administration
  • Compile or develop materials to submit to granting or other funding organizations.

Private Tutor

Freelance
Since January 2014
  • Teaching French as a foreign language.

Country Expert : Lebanon

V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg, and Helen Kellogg Institute for International Studies, University of Notre Dame
January 2014 to January 2018
  • Complete surveys on the following:
    Elections (national & subnational)
    Political parties & electoral systems
    Judiciary
    Civil liberty
    Sovereignty
    Civil society
    Media freedom
    Political equality

Program Coordinator at the Book Department

Institut français du Liban
September 2015 to February 2017
  • Assist the Bureau Manager in developing, managing, delivering and promoting the Institute's and Ministry's grants programme.
  • Ensure that the grants review and selection process in a manner that is responsible, professional, financially sound, participatory, sensitive to local needs, culture and politics and in accordance with the French Institute policies and procedures.
  • Facilitate regular communication with grantees, maintains cooperative partnerships between the Institute and the grantees and other possible stakeholders
  • Assist in the development of and maintains the system of a database of grantees, including a tracking system that provides frequent updates on fund-flows, reporting requirements, audits, contract deliverables and budget revisions.
  • Work on all administration aspects of the role to a timely and accurate standard.
  • Support efforts to ensure the cross cutting themes are integrated into the planning, implementation and monitoring of programme activities
  • Manage content of the Bureau du livre and Beirut French-speaking Book Fair communication media.
  • Manage and provide relevant contents for the various social media
  • Develop and sustain excellent relationships with authors, publishers, and booksellers
  • Assist foreign journalists

Head of Partnerships, Press Relations and Media

Tamyras
February 2014 to September 2015
  • Initiate and support the growth of strategic partnerships with institutional donors through effective management of existing frameworks and establishment of new partnerships
  • Develop our press relations in Europe with special focus on France, Belgium and Switzerland as well as helping to define a strategy for our digital media in order to increase our audience
  • Develop and implement strategies, tactics and tools to position Tamyras as the premier, effective and innovative publishing house in the view of Lebanese and regional partners
  • Identify points of common approach within sponsors strategic, build connections and leverage Tamyras strategic objectives within multiple sponsor strategies
  • Manage, provide and create relevant content for the various social media. The content in question includes videos, digital photography, articles, posts from partners' pages etc.
  • Key accomplishments:

    Obtained Tamyras authors TV, online, and print interviews with national and international distribution;

    Successfully planned and supervised Tamyras participation to several notorious book-fairs in Paris, Geneva and Brussels;

    Developed and maintained a deep understanding of social media strategy;

    Progressively increased Tamyras partnerships with institutions and private companies thus providing great publicity, visibility, and services for the company.

    Reached the first year objective of 50 k$+ sponsorship for our main project.

Communication Specialist

Institut francais du Liban
August 2013 to November 2013
  • Manage content of both the event's website and catalogue
  • Manage and provide relevant content for the various social media
  • Develop and sustain excellent relationships with authors
  • Moderate conferences with worldwide reputed authors.

Project Coordinator

Odos Municipality
July 2013 to February 2014
  • Plan the EU-funded project on social housing in Lebanon including scope, aims, and methods
  • Research and analyse urbanism as well as construction issues in Lebanon
  • Plan yearly budget
  • Design communication strategy and development ie. website, documentation, social media...
  • Maintain constant and good relationships with stakeholders.

Managing Director

Via Civis
May 2012 to January 2013
  • Organise study trips dedicated to French elected representatives but also offered to the general public from A to Z. During these trips, the participants would meet political figures, journalists, artists, curators and members of the civil society. Each trip had a theme revolving around political and social issues. I thus had to be able to take quick decisions and be as autonomous as possible while respecting the original requirements and standards.
  • Coordinate partnerships with the media in order to develop Via Civis visibility and reduce the cost of our marketing communication. These partnerships were also rewarding experiences and fruitful professional exchanges.
  • Develop and maintain our website in terms of content
  • Translate our content into English.

Head of Study Trips (Conference Manager)

IEPP
December 2011 to January 2013
  • Manage operational and administrative functions to ensure specific projects are delivered efficiently
  • Maintain and develop client relationships
  • Venues Sourcing
  • Deliver events on time, within budget, that meet (and hopefully exceed) expectations
  • Promote study trips on-line and off-line
  • Recruit consultants and on-site staff
  • Develop partnerships
  • Supervise website content

English Language Instructor

Cetradel and Loquendi
January 2011 to June 2013
  • Plan, prepare and deliver lessons to a range of classes and age groups
  • Mark and provide appropriate feedback on oral and written work
  • Devise, write and produce new materials, including audio and visual resources

Teaching Assistant in World Politics

Queen's University of Belfast
January 2010

French Language Assistant

Lagan College
September 2008 to June 2010

French Teacher

Greenfield College
September 2005 to June 2006

Tutor in French and English Languages

Acadomia
July 2004 to August 2008

French Language Assistant

University of Birmingham
September 2003 to August 2004

Bilingual Executive Assistant

Propriétés Roussillon
September 2001 to December 2003

Education

PhD in Politics | Interrupted

Queen's University of Belfast
October 2008 to May 2015

Focusing on the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) in Northern Ireland and the Lebanese Forces (LF) in Lebanon, my dissertation is devoted to the evolution of ultra-communitarian parties within the frame of consociationalism. This work explores the notions of compromises and resistance while analyzing the interaction between politics and religion.

I had to step down due to health reasons.

Queen’s University Belfast, School of Politics, International Studies & Philosophy
Supervisor: Professor B Milton-Edwards – leading researcher in Middle Eastern and Islamic politics.

Master II in British and American Studies

Université Montpellier 3
September 2003 to August 2005

This dissertation intended to give a critical overview of the Lebanese lobby in the United States with special reference to the Lebanese Forces. Indeed, their lobbying action particularly drew my attention. The LF were able to further their political agenda as they shared concerns with the George W. Bush administration. This work marked my very early interest in international relations and Lebanese politics. During the nine months that were dedicated to this research, five were spent in Lebanon and I also conducted fieldwork in Washington D.C.
Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier, France
Special field of study: Ideology and World Hegemony
Dissertation topic: Lebanese lobby groups in the United States
Supervisor: Professor Larry Portis

Master's Degree in American and British Studies

Université Montpellier 3
September 2002 to June 2003

British and American Literature
Civilization
Linguistics
Translation

B.A. American and British Studies

Université Montpellier 3
September 1998 to June 2002

The compulsory courses included linguistics, literature, translation and civilization. The final year of this
degree was achieved at the University of Birmingham in England.

Skills

  • Literature review
  • Data collection
  • Data analysis techniques
  • Critical thinking
  • Rhetoric analysis
  • Comparative analysis
  • Correlation
  • Creative Writing
  • Content Development / Writing
  • Computer Literate
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Effective speaking and Clarifying
  • Open Source Maketing Tools : MailChimp, Prezi etc.
  • Social Media
  • Microsoft Office proficiency
  • Photoshop
  • InDesign
  • Wordpress
  • Negociation
  • Communication
  • Research and Analysis
  • Development and Execution
  • Venue Arrangements
  • Events Management
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Projects and Operations Planning

Interests

  • I have toured parts of the Middle East including Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.
  • Europe : Spain, Italy, Belgium, Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Bosnia.
  • The United-States : East and West Coasts
  • Planning to achieve the GR20 in Corsica, my own little Everest
  • Eager to discover unusual places and grandiose landscapes as well as local cultures.
  • Comics
  • Drama
  • Literature
  • Contemporary Arts
  • Trip Hop
  • Jazz
  • Motown classics
  • Pop
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Snorkling
  • Rugby