FOUNDING MEMBERS

 

Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly

BILADI’s manager, M.A in Archaeology and Journalism, leads two careers in parallel, one in journalism and the other in education, in search for 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 an educator, Joanne 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.


Philip Bajjaly

Filmmaker, works on documentaries in Lebanon and other Arab countries, mainly focusing on issues concerning human development, social problems and preservation of heritage. His work includes: “Casualty of war” a documentary that tackles the looting of Baghdad museum after the American invasion of Iraq. “Home” which highlights the unbearable life conditions in mental asylums in Lebanon and “Someone like me”, 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. Philip is in charge of the multimedia department in BILADI.


Salim Mouawad

As an independent consultant, Salim deals with the past and with peace building. He holds an M.A. in conflict management and analysis and works on the integration of marginalized Arab youth into public life through education about transparency, accountability and democracy in governments. To achieve his goal, Salim adopted informal, interactive educational programs 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, first as a trainee and eventually as a trainer, with international institutions. She regularly covers UN Climate Change summits. She holds an M.A. in French literature from Saint Joseph University.


Georgette Farchakh Frangieh

Holds a 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 currently is Head of the Translation department.


SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE

Ingrid Bollier

Learning difficulties specialist, in charge of revising BILADI’s projects content and make it accessible and universalized to all target groups.


Karl Habsburg-Lothringen

Specialist in Cultural heritage protection in times of conflict, he is president of Blue Shield and a renowned figure of the defense of world minorities and ethnic groups.


Dr. Wissam Khalil

Archeologist, working on excavations in Lebanon and in Italy, Lebanese University professor and supervises the historical content of BILADI’s projects.


Prof. Peter Stone OBE

Cultural heritage protection specialist, Interim Secretary of Blue Shield, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Property Protection & Peace, Newcastle University, UK.


Roger Kallas

Psychologist, revises BILADI’s projects to bring about smooth social change among the youth.


Dr. Neil Brodie

Archaeologist, senior research fellow on the endangered archaeology of the Middle East and North Africa Project at the University of Oxford.


ACTIVE MEMBERS

Tom Isaac Bermiron

Historian, specialist on ancient Greece, works mainly through didactic approaches to teach history for young students by introducing their national history in a ludic approach.


Rabih Reaidy

Mechanical engineer has developed a professional career in combining education and entertainment in outings for young people. His work with BILADI focused on outings and activities.


Charles Hayek

Historian and researcher, and a history and geography teacher, works on several heritage topics. His work with BILADI mainly focused on educational and didactic outings for sites and museums.


Yara Kurumilian

BILADI’s projects coordinator, holds an MBA and a M.A. in genetics. She is a licensed tourist guide. She has been with Biladi since 2010.


 

Tanios Abou Khalil

Architect and Trainer, part of the team since 2010, has shared with BILADI a passion for monuments, history and archaeology. He has developed special skills in presenting architecture for younger generations.


Pia Mansour

Ongoing B.A. in Sociology, Pia shares her passion for field work and for making change in the communities we are working with.


Renée Chéhadé

Food industrial engineer, food monitoring and evaluation specialist in BILADI, she is in charge of ensuring the food safety and the elaboration of modernized food production processes sourced in traditional and ancestral techniques.


Josiane Haddad

Holds a M.A. in Speech and Language pathologist. In BILADI, she works as field supervisor and trainer.


Amande Bou Assaf

Ongoing B.A. in Performing Arts. In BILADI, she works on video production and photography.


Elie Sfeir

Responsible of logistics with BILADI. Elie ensures the smooth running of all that all projects’ logistics are running smoothly on field.