MRS JOANNE FARCHAKH
Biladi’s manager, M.A in Archaeology and Journalism. She leads two careers in parallel, in journalism and in education, in search of understanding the lack of interest towards national heritage. As a journalist, she dedicated her work to heritage at risk in Lebanon and Iraq by writing for several newspapers and magazines including “L’Orient-Le Jour”, “Archéologia” (France) and “Al-Akhbar”. As educator, she works at Saint Joseph Antoura College. She also gave a series of lectures in U.S. universities among which Harvard, Yale, Georgetown, Chicago, Stanford and Pennsylvania. She initiated the concept “Learning history is fun”, which is applied in every educational activity organized by Biladi’s young and energetic team.
Film-maker, works on documentaries in Lebanon and the Arab countries, mainly on issues concerning human development, social problems and preservation of heritage. His film “Casualty of war” talks about the looting of Baghdad museum after the American invasion of Iraq. “Home” highlights the impossible life conditions in mental asylums in Lebanon. A third film, “Someone like me”, is a testimony of the difficult life conditions of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. His films were broadcasted on Al-Jazeera Documentary Channel, Al-Jazeera Arabiya and al-Arabiya channels. He is in charge of the multimedia section in Biladi.
Independent Consultant, deals with the past and with peace building, holds an M.A. in conflict management and analysis. He works on integrating marginalized Arab Youth into public life by educating them about transparency, accountability and democracy in government. To achieve his goal, he adopted an informal, interactive educational program seeking to empower Lebanon’s future generations through the Sustainable Democracy Center (SDC). He was also active in the Big Lakes Region in Africa, working with the international NGO “War child”.
Suzanne Baaklini, journalist at “L’Orient le Jour” newspaper since 1997 works mostly on social and environmental issues, author of many articles on endangered natural heritage in Lebanon. She took part in training programs on environmental journalism, as a trainee then a trainer, with international institutions. She covers regularly the UN Climate Change summits. She holds an M.A. in French literature from Saint Joseph University.
PhD in Translation studies from Saint Joseph University, in Beirut. She translated various publications such as studies, articles, organizations books, newspapers, national and international research centers. She participated in international conferences and published studies in scientific journals specialized in translation. Dr Farchakh Frangieh taught at Saint Joseph University and University of Balamand. She works as a lecturer at the Center for Languages and Translation at the Lebanese University and she is now Head of the Translation department.
OUR SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE
DR KARL VON
Learning difficulties specialist, revises Biladi’s projects to adjust the content and make it accessible to all target groups.
Specialist in Cultural heritage protection in times of conflict, he is president of Blue Shield and a renowned figure in the defense of world minorities and ethnic group.
DR WISSAM KHALIL
PROFESSOR PETER STONE OBE
Archeologist, working in excavations in Lebanon and Italy, Lebanese University professor; he supervises Biladi’s projects from a historical point of view.
Cultural heritage protection specialist, Interim Secretary of Blue Shield, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Property Protection & Peace, Newcastle University, UK.
MR ROGER KALLAS
DR NEIL BRODIE
Psychologist, revises Biladi’s projects in order to bring about smooth social change among the youth.
Archaeologist, senior research fellow on the endangered archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa Project at the University of Oxford.
MR TOM ISAAC BERMIRON
Historian, specialist on ancient Greece, works mainly on didactic approaches to teaching history for young students by introducing their national history in a pleasant approach.
MR RABIH REAIDY
Mechanical engineer, has developed a professional career in educational and entrainment outings for young people. His work with Biladi focused on outings and activities.
MR CHARLES EL HAYECK
Historian and researcher, a history and geography teacher, works on heritage topics. His work with Biladi focused mainly on educational and didactic outings for sites and museum.
MRS YARA KURUMILIAN
Biladi’s project coordinator, holds a Master’s degree in genetics and a scholar in ancient DNA. Her work with Biladi since 2010 combines archaeology and research.
MR TANIOS ABOU KHALIL
Architect, has shared with Biladi a passion for monuments, history and archaeology. He has developed special skills in presenting architecture for younger generations.