Core 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). 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 political behaviour, politicisation processes, social movements and activism, as well as the gendered dynamics of collective action. Her research also examines sociology of conflicts, and political and social recompositions in contemporary Lebanon.
Marie-Noëlle holds a PhD in Political Science from the Université Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne, France.

Recent publication authored or edited by Marie-Noëlle 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.

- 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, « 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 and the development of public events series (talks, round tables...) in close coordination with the research department, and manages 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 and art director, and a project manager in creative organisations, with over 9 years of experience in the creative field.
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.

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.

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.

Risha Jagarnathsingh
Research & Project Officer

Risha is a Research & Project Officer at Lebanon Support since April 2016. She is a central part of Lebanon Support’s research department where she follows up on the Civil Society Review and peer-reviews papers.  After working hours, she is taking Arabic lessons or volunteering for Karma, an NGO that helps diseased children and adolescents in Lebanon. Risha holds a BA in Dutch Language and Culture and an MA in Discourse and Argumentation from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Recent publications authored or co-authored by Risha include: 

  • “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, 2016.
  • “Syrian Refugees’ Livelihoods: The Impact of Constraining Legislations and Increased Informality on Syrians’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, 2016.
  • “Access to Healthcare for Syrian Refugees. The Impact of Fragmented Service Provision on Syrians’ Daily Lives,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre,  Lebanon Support, 2016.
  • ““A Shoulder to Lean On.” Towards Rights-Based Interventions and Policies for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon,” Beirut, Civil Society Knowledge Centre, Lebanon Support, 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 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 Tarabeih
Content & Communication Officer

Sana is the Content and Communication Officer at Lebanon Support. She helps manage Daleel Madani, following 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 th eLebanon Support website. She also follows up on the centre's communication and social media presence.

She was previously the head of public relations committee 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. She is a marketing graduate from Beirut Arab University and is currently pursuing her MBA in Marketing at Haigazian University.

Walid Abou Saifan
ICT expert

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. Walid has an extensive consultancy experience with Non-Governmental Organisations as well as UN agencies. Walid 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 assistant, 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
Lebanon Support always collaborates with experts and researchers on several projects. Featured below are some of our Research Associates.
  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.
Lebanon Support has a continuous internship programme and is accepting interns year-round. Featured below are some of our current and previous interns.
  • Layla Johansen
    Layla interned at Lebanon Support in 2017. She mainly worked on various tasks for the Conflict Analysis Project as well as the History of Conflicts Project, undertaking research, editing papers, and following up on coding.Layla graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2016 with an MA (Hons) in Arabic.
  • Isabelle Tukin
    Isabelle interned at Lebanon Support in 2017. She assisted on the Gender Equity Network and the Conflict Analysis Project, for which she was specifically tasked with coding and mapping conflict incidents in Lebanon as well as assisting on research on regions such as Arsal and Ain el-Hilweh. Isabelle also helped brief other actors and stakeholders in the field on our Conflict Analysis Project research at a UNDP meeting.She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Political, Economic and Social Science from the University of Sydney, Australia.
  • 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.