Our Team

Bassem Chit
Executive Director
(2008-2014)
In honour of Bassem’s legacy, this position is retired.

Bassem is a founding member of Lebanon Support and was its Executive Director between 2008 and 2014. He has managed several programmes and projects in relief, recovery and development and has more than 14 years professional experience in information and knowledge management in development and humanitarian contexts. He developed and managed several information platforms and monitoring programmes, among which Lebanon Support's Civil Society Knowledge Centre.
Bassem holds a BS in Computer Science from the University of Balamand in Lebanon.
On October 1st 2014, Lebanon Support lost Bassem. Much has been written since his passing, we simply wish to reassert our determination to carry on with our work in the same spirit, and in constant betterment of our projects and deliveries.

Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi
Head of Research

Marie-Noëlle is a founding member and the head of research at Lebanon Support. She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Français du Proche- Orient (IFPO), and a member of the Lebanese Sociological Association. A former researcher at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Saint Anthony's College at the University of Oxford, she has also collaborated with several local and international organisations. She specialises in the sociology of contentious politics in contemporary Lebanon, with a focus on socialisation processes and collective behaviour, transformation of commitment and logics of disengagement, as well as gendered dynamics within social movements. She also focuses on (re)production processes and forms of social control, order, and discipline.

Marie-Noëlle holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Recent publications

Recent publication authored or edited by Marie-Noëlle include:

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, S’engager « autrement » au Liban. Mobilisations et militantismes alternatifs dans les années 2000, IFPO, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi. Chiara Erminia Calabrese (coord), « Liban, Syrie : circulations et réactivations de réseaux militants en temps de guerre », Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée¸ forthcoming.

- Virginie Troit, Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Transition humanitaire et réflexions éthiques au Liban, Karthala, collection Devenir Humanitaire, Tome IV, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Risha Jagarnathsingh (eds), « The associative sector in Lebanon; Economies and networks of dependency», The Civil Society Review, The Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon Support, Issue 3, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Myriam Catusse, Miriam Younes, "From isqat an-nizam at-ta’ifi to the Garbage Crisis Movement: Political Identities and Antisectarian Movements", in Rosita di Peri, Daniel Meier (eds.), Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptation, Palgrave 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, « Militer par “projets”. Fragmentation et reproduction de l’espace contestataire féministe au Liban», in "Féminismes dans les pays arabes", Nouvelles Questions Féministes, Vol.35, n°2, Octobre 2016.

- Estella Carpi, Miriam Younes, Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi,”Crisis and Control. (In)Formal Security in Lebanon”, The Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon Support, July 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi (ed.), Gender Dictionary. Travelling concepts and local usages in Lebanon, Lebanon Support, 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Elisabeth Longuenesse, “Temps de travail et temps social :
Le cas des employés de banque et des chauffeurs de taxi”, in. « Temps et temporalités du monde arabe (XIXe-XXIe siècles) » Temporalités, n° 15, juin 2012. http://temporalites.revues.org/1982

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Myriam Catusse., « Non à l’Etat holding, oui à l’Etat providence ». Logiques et contraintes des mobilisations sociales dans le Liban de l’après-guerre», in « Protestations sociales, révolutions civiles. Transformation du politique dans la Méditerranée arabe », Revue Tiers Monde, hors série mai 2011.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, « Et pourtant ils votent ! Entre Contestation et Participation : la participation de la gauche antisystème aux élections de juin 2009 », in Catusse M., Karam K. et Lamloum O. (ed.) in Métamorphoses des figures du leadership au Liban. Champs et contrechamps des élections législatives de 2009 au Liban, Beyrouth, Presses de l’IFPO, 2011.

Léa Yammine
Director of Publications

Léa joined Lebanon Support’s team in 2013 and helped plan the launch and development of the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. She is responsible of the publication process of online and in-print products, the development and organisation of events, following up on content management and editing of the centre's platforms, and managing the centre’s communications and online presence. She also manages design and info-graphic consultants, making sure their products are in line with Lebanon Support’s identity and guidelines. She has previously worked as a designer, art director, and project manager in creative organisations.
Léa holds a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, and an MA in Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship from the University of Leeds, UK.

Rola Saleh
Project Manager

Rola is currently the Project Manager for Lebanon Support's Civil Society Incubator and is responsible for developing new workshops, resources, and content for the programme. She joined the Lebanon Support team in 2015, first working on Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Centre as Content and Research Officer, and then as Project Officer.

Rola holds a BA in Government and Politics and minors in International Development and Conflict Management and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the U.S.

Fatima Baydoun
Administration & Finance Manager

Fatima has joined the Lebanon Support team as an Administration & Finance Manager in 2017. She is in charge of financial and accounting follow up, as well as administration supervision. She has 6 years experience in accounting, finance and administration with non-governmental organisations and as regional financial officer. She also followed extensive trainings in this field. 

Fatima holds a Maîtrise degree in Accounting and Finance and a Professional Master in Administration from the Lebanese University.

Sarah el-Masry
Gender Researcher

Sarah is working as a Researcher under the Gender Equity Network. Her research focuses mainly on gender, the family, activism, mobilisation and repression in Egypt and the MENA region. Sarah moved to Lebanon to enhance her knowledge on women and gender related issues in the region. Before joining Lebanon Support, she worked as a researcher for several civil society organisations in Egypt, and at the American University in Cairo where her latest research project was on women’s organisations and state repression in Egypt.
Sarah holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford with a focus on family and gender.

Risha Jagarnathsingh
Research & Project Officer

Risha Jagarnathsingh is a Research and Project Officer at Lebanon Support, and part of the editorial committee of the Civil Society Review (Lebanon Support’s peer-reviewed journal). Her research focuses primarily on the social effects of migration and asylum governance in Lebanon, notably in the light of the Syrian refugee crisis. She specialises in migration policy analysis, migration & labour market integration as well as on the intersection of migration and human rights. Recently, her research investigates gendered dimensions of migration, activism and agency, and framing processes in refuge.

Risha holds a BA in Language and Communication and an MA in Discourse and Argumentation from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Recent publications

Recent publications authored or co-authored by Risha include:

- ““A Shoulder to Lean On.” Towards Rights-Based Interventions and Policies for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, December 2016.

- “Access to Healthcare for Syrian Refugees. The Impact of Fragmented Service Provision on Syrians’ Daily Lives.” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, November 2016.

- “Syrian Refugees’ Livelihoods: The Impact of Constraining Legislations and Increased Informality on Syrians’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, October 2016.

-“Formal Informality, Brokering Mechanisms, and Illegality. The Impact of the Lebanese State’s Policies on Syrian Refugees’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, September 2016.

Mia BouKhaled
Research & Project Officer

Mia is currently a Research & Project Officer at Lebanon Support, mainly in charge of the Conflict Analysis Project. She is responsible of managing the interactive conflicts mapping, developing them with the team, as well as managing the publications and content related to the project, such as timelines, visuals, articles, etc. She joined the team in 2016 as an intern, then became a Research & Content Officer at Lebanon Support mainly working on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. 

Mia holds a BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration from USJ, and also pursued a double Master degree in Management at ESA (Lebanon) and ESCP Europe.

Sana Tarabay
Content & Communication Officer

Sana is the Content and Communication Officer at Lebanon Support. She helps manage Daleel Madani, follow up on content on the portal, and keeps track of Lebanon Support’s other online platforms: the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, the Civil Society Incubator, and the Lebanon Support website. She also follows up on the centre's communication and social media presence.

She was previously the head of public relations committee of the Lebanese Red Cross Youth Department in Beirut Arab University club and one of the keen members of the Human Rights Center and had focused in the past 2 years on projects centred on fighting extremism online.

Sana is a Marketing graduate from Beirut Arab University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing at Haigazian University.

Walid Abou Saifan
Innovation & Technology Advisor

Walid is a long term collaborator of Lebanon Support, but formally joined the team in 2014 as an ICT expert managing the centre’s three websites. Currently as the Technology and Innovation Advisor, Walid oversees the ICT and innovation strategy of the centre, advising on the development of the centre’s platforms and programmes, and assists in building partnerships with technology and innovation actors. Walid has an extensive consultancy experience with Non-Governmental Organisations as well as UN agencies. He also volunteers as an ICT consultant for local NGOs.
Walid holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Balamand, in addition to certificates including PMP (AMIDEAST UAE), Results Based Project Management (UNDP), Communications (UNDP) and Conflict Resolution (CCRP).

Ali Najjar
ICT Officer

As ICT Officer, Ali maintains and develops the websites of both of Lebanon Support's programmes, Daleel Madani and the CSKC, specifically focusing on the aesthetic and design aspects of the websites. Proud of his Lebanese origins, Ali enjoys performing dabki, and playing oud in his free time.
Ali holds a BS in Information Technology and Computing from the Arab Open University and is currently pursuing an MA in Computer Engineering.

Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi
Head of Research

Marie-Noëlle is a founding member and the head of research at Lebanon Support. She is also an associate researcher at the Institut Français du Proche- Orient (IFPO), and a member of the Lebanese Sociological Association. A former researcher at the Centre for Lebanese Studies, Saint Anthony's College at the University of Oxford, she has also collaborated with several local and international organisations. She specialises in the sociology of contentious politics in contemporary Lebanon, with a focus on socialisation processes and collective behaviour, transformation of commitment and logics of disengagement, as well as gendered dynamics within social movements. She also focuses on (re)production processes and forms of social control, order, and discipline.

Marie-Noëlle holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Recent publications

Recent publication authored or edited by Marie-Noëlle include:

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, S’engager « autrement » au Liban. Mobilisations et militantismes alternatifs dans les années 2000, IFPO, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi. Chiara Erminia Calabrese (coord), « Liban, Syrie : circulations et réactivations de réseaux militants en temps de guerre », Revue Internationale de Politique Comparée¸ forthcoming.

- Virginie Troit, Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Transition humanitaire et réflexions éthiques au Liban, Karthala, collection Devenir Humanitaire, Tome IV, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Risha Jagarnathsingh (eds), « The associative sector in Lebanon; Economies and networks of dependency», The Civil Society Review, The Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon Support, Issue 3, forthcoming.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Myriam Catusse, Miriam Younes, "From isqat an-nizam at-ta’ifi to the Garbage Crisis Movement: Political Identities and Antisectarian Movements", in Rosita di Peri, Daniel Meier (eds.), Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptation, Palgrave 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, « Militer par “projets”. Fragmentation et reproduction de l’espace contestataire féministe au Liban», in "Féminismes dans les pays arabes", Nouvelles Questions Féministes, Vol.35, n°2, Octobre 2016.

- Estella Carpi, Miriam Younes, Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi,”Crisis and Control. (In)Formal Security in Lebanon”, The Civil Society Knowledge Center, Lebanon Support, July 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi (ed.), Gender Dictionary. Travelling concepts and local usages in Lebanon, Lebanon Support, 2016.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Elisabeth Longuenesse, “Temps de travail et temps social :
Le cas des employés de banque et des chauffeurs de taxi”, in. « Temps et temporalités du monde arabe (XIXe-XXIe siècles) » Temporalités, n° 15, juin 2012. http://temporalites.revues.org/1982

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Myriam Catusse., « Non à l’Etat holding, oui à l’Etat providence ». Logiques et contraintes des mobilisations sociales dans le Liban de l’après-guerre», in « Protestations sociales, révolutions civiles. Transformation du politique dans la Méditerranée arabe », Revue Tiers Monde, hors série mai 2011.

- Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, « Et pourtant ils votent ! Entre Contestation et Participation : la participation de la gauche antisystème aux élections de juin 2009 », in Catusse M., Karam K. et Lamloum O. (ed.) in Métamorphoses des figures du leadership au Liban. Champs et contrechamps des élections législatives de 2009 au Liban, Beyrouth, Presses de l’IFPO, 2011.

Léa Yammine
Director of Publications

Léa joined Lebanon Support’s team in 2013 and helped plan the launch and development of the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. She is responsible of the publication process of online and in-print products, the development and organisation of events, following up on content management and editing of the centre's platforms, and managing the centre’s communications and online presence. She also manages design and info-graphic consultants, making sure their products are in line with Lebanon Support’s identity and guidelines. She has previously worked as a designer, art director, and project manager in creative organisations.
Léa holds a BA in Graphic Design from the American University of Beirut, and an MA in Culture, Creativity & Entrepreneurship from the University of Leeds, UK.

Rola Saleh
Project Manager

Rola is currently the Project Manager for Lebanon Support's Civil Society Incubator and is responsible for developing new workshops, resources, and content for the programme. She joined the Lebanon Support team in 2015, first working on Daleel Madani and the Civil Society Knowledge Centre as Content and Research Officer, and then as Project Officer.

Rola holds a BA in Government and Politics and minors in International Development and Conflict Management and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the U.S.

Fatima Baydoun
Administration & Finance Manager

Fatima has joined the Lebanon Support team as an Administration & Finance Manager in 2017. She is in charge of financial and accounting follow up, as well as administration supervision. She has 6 years experience in accounting, finance and administration with non-governmental organisations and as regional financial officer. She also followed extensive trainings in this field. 

Fatima holds a Maîtrise degree in Accounting and Finance and a Professional Master in Administration from the Lebanese University.

Sarah el-Masry
Gender Researcher

Sarah is working as a Researcher under the Gender Equity Network. Her research focuses mainly on gender, the family, activism, mobilisation and repression in Egypt and the MENA region. Sarah moved to Lebanon to enhance her knowledge on women and gender related issues in the region. Before joining Lebanon Support, she worked as a researcher for several civil society organisations in Egypt, and at the American University in Cairo where her latest research project was on women’s organisations and state repression in Egypt.
Sarah holds a BA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and an MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford with a focus on family and gender.

Risha Jagarnathsingh
Research & Project Officer

Risha Jagarnathsingh is a Research and Project Officer at Lebanon Support, and part of the editorial committee of the Civil Society Review (Lebanon Support’s peer-reviewed journal). Her research focuses primarily on the social effects of migration and asylum governance in Lebanon, notably in the light of the Syrian refugee crisis. She specialises in migration policy analysis, migration & labour market integration as well as on the intersection of migration and human rights. Recently, her research investigates gendered dimensions of migration, activism and agency, and framing processes in refuge.

Risha holds a BA in Language and Communication and an MA in Discourse and Argumentation from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Recent publications

Recent publications authored or co-authored by Risha include:

- ““A Shoulder to Lean On.” Towards Rights-Based Interventions and Policies for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, December 2016.

- “Access to Healthcare for Syrian Refugees. The Impact of Fragmented Service Provision on Syrians’ Daily Lives.” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, November 2016.

- “Syrian Refugees’ Livelihoods: The Impact of Constraining Legislations and Increased Informality on Syrians’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, October 2016.

-“Formal Informality, Brokering Mechanisms, and Illegality. The Impact of the Lebanese State’s Policies on Syrian Refugees’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, September 2016.

Mia BouKhaled
Research & Project Officer

Mia is currently a Research & Project Officer at Lebanon Support, mainly in charge of the Conflict Analysis Project. She is responsible of managing the interactive conflicts mapping, developing them with the team, as well as managing the publications and content related to the project, such as timelines, visuals, articles, etc. She joined the team in 2016 as an intern, then became a Research & Content Officer at Lebanon Support mainly working on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. 

Mia holds a BA in Political Sciences and Public Administration from USJ, and also pursued a double Master degree in Management at ESA (Lebanon) and ESCP Europe.

Sana Tarabay
Content & Communication Officer

Sana is the Content and Communication Officer at Lebanon Support. She helps manage Daleel Madani, follow up on content on the portal, and keeps track of Lebanon Support’s other online platforms: the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, the Civil Society Incubator, and the Lebanon Support website. She also follows up on the centre's communication and social media presence.

She was previously the head of public relations committee of the Lebanese Red Cross Youth Department in Beirut Arab University club and one of the keen members of the Human Rights Center and had focused in the past 2 years on projects centred on fighting extremism online.

Sana is a Marketing graduate from Beirut Arab University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing at Haigazian University.

Walid Abou Saifan
Innovation & Technology Advisor

Walid is a long term collaborator of Lebanon Support, but formally joined the team in 2014 as an ICT expert managing the centre’s three websites. Currently as the Technology and Innovation Advisor, Walid oversees the ICT and innovation strategy of the centre, advising on the development of the centre’s platforms and programmes, and assists in building partnerships with technology and innovation actors. Walid has an extensive consultancy experience with Non-Governmental Organisations as well as UN agencies. He also volunteers as an ICT consultant for local NGOs.
Walid holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Balamand, in addition to certificates including PMP (AMIDEAST UAE), Results Based Project Management (UNDP), Communications (UNDP) and Conflict Resolution (CCRP).

Ali Najjar
ICT Officer

As ICT Officer, Ali maintains and develops the websites of both of Lebanon Support's programmes, Daleel Madani and the CSKC, specifically focusing on the aesthetic and design aspects of the websites. Proud of his Lebanese origins, Ali enjoys performing dabki, and playing oud in his free time.
Ali holds a BS in Information Technology and Computing from the Arab Open University and is currently pursuing an MA in Computer Engineering.

Research Associates
    Lea Bou Khater

    Lea Bou Khater is a post-doctoral fellow affiliated to the Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies at the American University of Beirut and part-time faculty at the Lebanese American University. She earned her PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies of University of London in 2016. As a development practitioner for more than ten years, she undertook several studies and projects commissioned by the government of Lebanon and international organisations. She also authored various reports on needs assessments, national surveys, and program evaluations mainly pertaining to labour, education, and poverty. Bou Khater had previously acquired a Master’s degree in Political Science from Saint Joseph University in Beirut and another in Development Studies from SOAS in the United Kingdom. Her research interests are economic development, public policy, social movements, and labour relations.

    Lea Bou Khater is part of the scientific committee of the Civil Society Review, Lebanon Support's peer-reviewed journal. Recent publications

    Recent publication authored by Lea include:

    -“Understanding Policymaking in Lebanon: An Application of the Multiple Streams Framework to the 2012 Wage Hike”, forthcoming - Research grant from the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut

    -“The Role of the Labour Movement in the Struggle for Change”, Civil Society Review (Forthcoming, 2017)

    -“Public Sector Mobilisation Despite a Dormant Workers’ Movement”,Confluences Méditerranée, 2015/1 N° 92, p. 125-142. DOI: 10.3917/come.092.0125

    -“Public Sector Mobilization in Lebanon: Structures and Strategies of Success”, published at The Legal Agenda English website: http://legal-agenda.com/en/article.php?id=3075 .

    -“Strategies of Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis in Lebanon” in Common Space Initiative Policy Dialogues Series – Lebanon/ 03 2015 http://www.commonspaceinitiative.org/uploads/9/5/2/1/9521202/syrian_refugee_crisis_in_lebanon_series-01-spreads.pdf

    Bashir Saade

    Bashir is a lecturer in Religion & Politics at the University of Stirling in Scotland, United Kingdom. He previously held teaching positions at the University of Edinburgh and the American University of Beirut. His research has both a contemporary and a premodern focus, using a multi-disciplinary approach, varying from Social Sciences to Philosophy. His book on the Lebanese political party Hizbullah (Cambridge University Press, 2016) analysed political parties’ use of media and cultural production at large, from a intellectual historical, as well as a political anthropological perspective. Bashir’s interest in premodern epistemologies and scholarship can be attributed to a fascination for non-Western political thought in understanding changing notions of religion, authority and tradition.

    Bashir Saade is part of the scientific committee of the Civil Society Review, Lebanon Support's peer-reviewed journal. Recent publications

    Recent publication authored by Bashir include:

    - Bashir Saade, Writing Nations: Hizbullah and the Politics of Remembrance, London, Cambridge University Press, 2016.

    - Bashir Saade, "Martyrology and Hizbullah's Conception of Time,” International Journal of Middle East Studies, Issue 47 (4), 2015, p. 723-744.

    - Bashir Saade, “Contending notions of terrorism in Lebanon: Politico-legal manoeuvres and Political Islam,” in Michael Boyle (ed.), Non-Western Responses to Terrorism (New Directions in Terrorism Studies), Manchester, Manchester University Press, 2018.

    Maissam Nimer

    Maissam Nimer is a postdoctoral researcher at the Migration Research Center at Koç University, working on a needs assessment research project among youth Syrian refugees in Turkey and a member of the ‘Axe Migrations et Mobilités’ at the French Institute for Anatolian Studies, Istanbul (AMiMo, IFEA). She obtained her PhD in Sociology from Paris Saclay University, France, in July 2016 focusing on understanding the mechanisms of social inequalities behind higher education selection in Lebanon.

    Maissam Nimer is part of the scientific committee of the Civil Society Review, Lebanon Support's peer-reviewed journal. Recent publications

    Recent publication authored by Maissam include:

    - "Prior identities and responses to habitus mismatch among scholarship students in a private elite university" (under review by British Journal of Sociology of Education).

    - "Gendered family practices and emergence of dispositions 'to resist' in an elite university in Lebanon" (under review by Gender and Education).

    - "Developing human capital or encouraging emigration? Case study of an international development program in Lebanon," in forthcoming, Cambridge Scholar Publishing.

    - "Lutte contre les inégalités d’accès à l’enseignement supérieur au Liban : étude d’un programme de bourses," in Réussite scolaire, réussite professionnelle, l’apport des données longitudinales, XXIes journées d’étude sur les données longitudinales dans l’analyse du marché du travail, Dijon, Relief 48 Echanges du Céreq, 2014

    - "La méritocratie néolibérale contre l’égalité sociale? Analyse d’un dispositif de développement destine aux étudiants libanais", Civil Society Review, Lebanon Support, 2014.

    - "Liban: 'misère' de l’école publique", Les Carnets de l’Ifpo. La recherche en train de se faire à l’Institut Français du Proche-Orient (Hypotheses.org), 2013.

    Nay el-Rahi

    Nay is a feminist writer, activist, and ILO certified gender auditor. She has been working, since 2008, at the intersection between advocacy for gender justice, and producing critical knowledge around these themes. She has published on platforms like Assafir, Al Modon, Sawt Al Niswa and The Guardian, and have worked with Nahwa Al Muwatiniya, Oxfam in Lebanon and Tunisia, Raising Voices, and Kafa among others. Nay currently teaches Gender and Communication at the Lebanese American University (LAU), and works on gender auditing of political parties under the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) with Hivos International in Beirut. The co-founder of the initiative HarassTracker to fight societal acceptance and normalisation of sexual harassment in Lebanon, she has worked on a study on the attitudes and practices towards sexual harassment in Beirut, published under the KIP project.
    Nay holds a BA in Journalism from the Lebanese University, and an MA in Global Media and Gender from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Some of Nay’s articles are available here, here, and here.

    Mariam Younes

    Mariam joined Lebanon Support’s research department in 2015 and has since worked on several of its publications and reports. She has previously worked as research assistant at the German-Orient Institute Beirut, conducting a project on “The Reorientation of Communist Groups and Marxist Intellectuals after 1989 in Lebanon and Syria”. She has studied Middle Eastern Studies, Political Sciences and Sociology at the University of Freiburg in Germany.
    Currently, she is finishing her PhD thesis entitled “Living leftism in Lebanon. A historical anthropology of leftist intellectuals in Lebanon, 1930-1990” at the University of Roskilde, Denmark under the supervision of Sune Haugbolle/Samer Frangie. Mariam focuses in her thesis on the question of political activism and ideology production in general, and the historical conditions of communism/socialism and leftism, in Lebanon from the 1930s on. Recent publications

    Recent publication authored by Mariam include:

    - Marie-Noëlle AbiYaghi, Myriam Catusse, Miriam Younes, "From isqat an-nizam at-ta’ifi to the Garbage Crisis Movement: Political Identities and Antisectarian Movements", in Rosita di Peri, Daniel Meier (eds.), Lebanon facing the Arab Uprisings. Constraints and Adaptation, Palgrave 2016.

    - “’A tale of two communists’ – The revolutionary projects of the Lebanese Communists Husayn Muruwah and Mahdi ‘Amil”, Arab Studies Journal, Spring 2016, p. 98-116.

    -“The Specters of Marx in Edward Said’s Orientalism”, Die Welt des Islam 53, issue 2, 2013, p. 149-191.

    Dalya Mitri

    Dalya is a consultant and researcher who joined Lebanon Support in 2013 and has since published several papers and reports pertaining to civil society issues in Lebanon, specifically within the Gender Equity Network. She has previous experience in research, having participated in various projects related to civil society in the Arab world, and has a strong experience in managing development and humanitarian projects in both international and local organizations.
    She holds an MA in History from the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and an MA in Political Science from Science-Po Paris, France.

    Estella Carpi

    Estella is a Research Associate at Lebanon Support working on (in)formal security provision and the rule of law in Syrian refugee communities in Lebanon. She recently worked as a Social Research Fellow at Trends Research & Advisory - Abu Dhabi (2015). She received her PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Sydney (Australia), with a dissertation on humanitarianism in Lebanon. After studying Humanities and Arabic at the University of Milan and the University of Damascus (2002-2007), she worked in Cairo (Egypt) for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) (2008) and the International Development Research Center (IDRC) (2009-2010). Recent publications

    Recent publications authored by Estella include:

    - “The Political and the Humanitarian in Lebanon. Social Responsiveness to Emergency Crisis from the 2006 War to the Syrian Refugee Influx”, in Oriente Moderno, Vol. 94, Issue 2, pp. 402-427, November 2014, Brill Publishers, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    - “The Ignored Diversity of Social Inequality in Beirut’s Southern Suburbs: from the July War 2006 until Today”, in Storia Urbana, pp. 91-117, December 2014, ed. Franco Angeli. Milan, Italy [Italian] and “Lebanon and its Linguistic Wandering: on the Road to De-Essentialization”, in Komumikacija i Kultura, Special Issue No.1, 2013.

Interns
Lebanon Support has a continuous internship programme and is accepting interns year-round. Featured below are some of our current and previous interns.
Chloe Aldridge

Chloe interned at Lebanon Support in 2018. During her time at the organisation, Chloe contributed to both the Conflict Analysis Project and the Civil Society Incubator programme. Chloe previously interned at NGOs in Dublin, Ireland, and Seoul, South Korea as an Monitoring & Evaluation and Research Assistant, respectively. She holds a BA in International Relations and Global Studies- International Security Track, with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, and an MPhil in International Peace Studies from Trinity College Dublin.

Marisa Raiser

Marisa Raiser was an intern at Lebanon Support in 2017. Currently, she is completing her bachelor degrees in Political Science and Islamic Science at the University of Freiburg. She has previously interned at several German organizations which target the issues refugees and migration.

Mariam Eichbüchler

Mariam Eichbüchler interned at Lebanon Support in 2017. She did a prior internship at the German Orient Institute in Beirut where she also worked as a research assistant. Mariam holds two Bachelor degrees in English Language, Literature and Linguistics/Media Sciences and in Middle Eastern Studies and is currently finishing her Master's degree in Arabic-German translation.

Nora Lajarge

Nora interned at Lebanon Support in 2017. During her time at the organisation, she mainly assisted in research and data mapping on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, notably for the Conflict Analysis Project and Gender Equity Network. She did a prior internship at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris, following Gender and Middle East countries issues. Nora recently completed her Masters in International Relations from Sciences Po Aix.

Asser Khattab

Asser interned at Lebanon Support in 2017, he assisted in research and data collection on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, notably the Gender Equity Network and Conflict Analysis Project. Asser is a multilingual freelance journalist from Syria. He holds a BA in Media from Damascus University and has covered the Syrian war for four years for various local and international media outlets before he moved to Sudan and then to Lebanon.

Lisa Dorith Kool

Lisa Dorith Kool interned at Lebanon Support in 2016. She assisted in research and data collection for projects on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre, notably the Gender Equity Network and Conflict Analysis Project. She also worked on developing research on Syrian LGBTIQ refugees in Lebanon. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Religious Studies from University College Utrecht and is currently continuing her studies in Arabic language.

Charlotte Peltre

Charlotte Peltre was an intern at Lebanon Support in 2016. She is completing her Master's degree in Political Science and International Relations at Sciences Po in Aix-en- Provence in France and at the University of Freiburg in Germany. She did former internships at the German Ministry of Development and Cooperation in the department for migrants and refugees and at the canadian NGO "Social Justice Connection".

Maria Sebas

Maria Sebas was an intern at Lebanon Support in 2016. She is completing her Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science at the University of California, San Diego. During the academic year, she works as the news editor for UCSD's newspaper. In addition, during the summer of 2015, she took courses in Arabic and Political Science at Birzeit University in Palestine.

Camille Lons

Camille is a contributor and former intern of Lebanon Support. She holds a Master's degree in International Relations from Sciences Po Aix and is currently finishing her studies at the London School of Economics (MSc Population and Development) and at the University of Aix-Marseille (Middle eastern studies).

Nabil Rabah

Nabil interned at Lebanon Support in 2015 and 2016. He participated in the Conflict Analysis Project, notably working on the mapping of conflict incidents, and contributed in making it a large and precise database concerning the security, social and legal challenges ongoing in Lebanon. Nabil graduated in 2016 with a bachelor in Social Science from Sciences Po Paris.

Sophie Schmid

Sophie interned at Lebanon Support in 2013. She assisted in researching and mapping different kinds of human rights violations in Lebanon on the Civil Society Knowledge Centre. She has further work experience in Quranic manuscript studies from the German research project “Corpus Coranicum” and has done an internship at the German Orient Institute in Beirut. Sophie Schmid holds a B.A. in Islamic Studies and Anthropology from the University of Zurich and an M.A. in Arabic Studies from the Free University of Berlin.

Simona Baloghova

Simona interned at Lebanon Support as a project assistant in 2014 and 2015, helping in the development of the Gender Equity and Conflict Analysis projects. She also managed the virtual resources libraries. Simona holds a BA in English-Arabic Translation from Damascus University and is currently completing her Bachelor of Political Science at the Lebanese University.

Manon Glaser

Manon has interned at Lebanon Support in 2015, subsequently working for a short time as Assistant Research and Research Officer. During her time in the organisation, she mainly worked on the Conflict Analysis Project, as well as on developing the research platform by liaising with contributors and editing research papers and articles. Following her position within Lebanon Support, she moved back to Paris to join Crisis Action where she holds a position as a Campaigns and Research Assistant. Manon holds an MA in International Peace and Security from King’s College London.

Hala Najjar

Hala interned at Lebanon Support in 2014. She mainly collaborated on the Gender Equity Network project and the Conflict Analysis Project, as well as assisted the centre in organizing events. Hala is currently a legal researcher at the Legal Agenda. She has undertaken several internships in the Lebanese Parliament and in International and Local NGOs, in which she worked as a researcher, translator, responsible for the media monitoring, security updates, the fortnightly and quarter report. Hala holds a bachelor degree in Law and a Bachelor in Administrative and Political Science from the USJ Lebanon.

Melina de Siqueira

Melina was a research intern in Lebanon Support in 2015. During her internship, she conducted a survey on local gender actors, which subsequently served as a basis for the development of a report assessing the state of gender actors and interventions in Lebanon: Overview of Gender Actors & Interventions in Lebanon, between emancipation and implementation (2016). She holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Communication and is currently completing a Master in Political Sciences with a focus on the Arab World. She speaks five languages, and is specializing in gender issues in the Arab World through several internships in Lebanon.