Joanne Farchakh Bajjaly is an archaeologist and journalist who has worked from 1998 till 2013 in Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq documenting discoveries and destruction of heritage in the Middle East. She wrote in several Lebanese newspapers and co-edited with Professor Peter Stone the book “The Destruction of Cultural Heritage in Iraq” winner in 2011 James R. Wiseman Book Award. After witnessing the loss of heritage, she decided to start “working” on the topic. In 2005, she founded Biladi, an NGO dedicated to promote and safeguard heritage through training for professionals and education activities. In 2015; she collaborated with colleagues to initiate the Lebanese Committee of the Blue Shield and launched with the Blue Shield International several training programs for the UNIFIL forces in South Lebanon; and professionals at the Antiquities Department. After the Beirut Blast on the 4th of August, she was coordinating the mission to safeguard destroyed heritage in collaboration with the Lebanese Army and UNIFIL and the Directorate General of Antiquities (DGA).
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.
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”.
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.
Dr. Georgette holds a PhD in Translation Studies and has more than 12 years of academic experience at several universities in Lebanon. Since 2014, she is a full-time professor at the Lebanese University- Center for Languages and Translation where she has served as Head of Translation Department (2016- 2019). She has participated in many international conferences and published scientific articles and one book in her field of research. As a professional translator, she has translated numerous books, articles, academic courses, and studies.
Learning difficulties specialist, in charge of revising Biladi’s projects content and make it accessible and universalized to all target groups.
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.
Cultural heritage protection specialist, Interim Secretary of Blue Shield, UNESCO Chair of Cultural Property Protection & Peace, Newcastle University, UK.
Psychologist, revises BILADI’s projects 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.
Rana is an architect. She holds a PhD in architecture from Tokyo University in Japan. Rana worked in Japan, China, Cuba, New York, and Belfast.
From 2007 Rana is an associate professor in the Lebanese University, department of architecture. She has several publications on feminism in architecture, reconciliation architecture, cultural Heritage, and adaptive reuse. She is currently active in rehabilitation and consolidation training projects for emergency response in times of conflict.