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Visualizing Impact is powered by people and their vision for change. We are working to build a community that shares our interest in the use of data, technology, and design for social justice communication.

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Current Team

Our multidisciplinary core team collaborates remotely from cities such as Beirut, Amman, Ramallah, Dubai, and Toronto.


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Ramzi Jaber

Ramzi Jaber

Co-founder, Co-director

     

Ramzi is passionate about harnessing the power of storytelling, technology and behavioural design to promote social justice. His work at VI spans content and technology strategy. An engineer by training, Ramzi served as the lead curator of TEDxRamallah 2011, organized between Ramallah, Bethlehem, Beirut, and Amman and live streamed to over twenty cities globally. He also founded OnlineCensorship.org, a space for crowdsourcing reports of censorship by social media companies. During 2012, he was a fellow at Stanford University’s Center for Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law as a Social Entrepreneur-in-Residence. In 2013, Ramzi was awarded the Ashoka Fellowship. (Profile Updated 2015)

Joumana al Jabri

Joumana al Jabri

Co-founder, Co-director

Joumana’s work revolves around introducing creative processes to address pressing social issues affecting individuals and communities in the Arab region. She served as a co-curator of TEDxRamallah in 2011. She is also a co-founder of Febrik, a collaborative platform for participatory art and design research projects concerned with social practices in public spaces, with a particular focus on Palestinian refugee camps. Joumana holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, USA. She also holds an MBA from the EuroMBA program, a consortium of six European universities including EADA, UCD and Maastrich University. She is a Synergos 2013-2014 Arab World Social Innovator fellow. (Profile updated 2015).

Ahmad Barclay

Ahmad Barclay

Information Architect

 

Ahmad is an information designer and architect with a decade of professional experience. He is involved in all stages of infographic production and has facilitated workshops with Mozilla Festival, Tactical Technology Collective and Columbia University Studio X. Ahmad holds an MPhil in Environmental Design from the University of Cambridge. (Profile updated 2015).

Jessica Anderson

Jessica Anderson

Operations Lead

     
Jessica came to VI with a background in human rights and international development and a strong interest in social entrepreneurship. As Operations Lead, she has been involved with many VI projects, especially Onlinecensorship.org. Prior to joining VP, she was involved in refugee rights advocacy in the US, the UK, and the MENA region. She holds an M.Sc. in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in international studies from the University of Kentucky. (Profile updated 2017).
Sandy Nassif

Sandy Nassif

Bookkeeping and HR Officer

   

Prior to joining VP, Sandy spent 8 years with the Beirut DC Cultural Association, developing expertise in NGO administration. She now handles VP's accounting and HR. Sandy has a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Master's degree in Anthropology. (Profile updated 2015).

Bassam Barham

Bassam Barham

Web Developer

     
Bassam grew up in Bethlehem, Palestine. He then moved to Jordan to get his bachelor's degree in computer engineering. Post graduation, he joined 'Media Plus' for 6 years. From there, Bassam set out on his own as a freelance web developer. (Profile updated 2015).
Morad Taleeb

Morad Taleeb

Web Developer

     
Morad is a web developer and front-end engineer responsible for improving user interface, user experience, Drupal development and working with Ruby back-end developers. He holds a BSc in Computer Science from Birzeit University in Palestine. (Profile Updated 2015).
Reem Farah

Reem Farah

Research and Projects Coordinator

Reem is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a joint specialist bachelor degree in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies. She has been involved in civil society organizing in the Arab world, ground research in Bosnia-Herzgovina, and an equity development project in Colombia. She is passionate about social justice, solidarity activism, and speaking truth to power. (Profile updated 2016).
Iman Annab

Iman Annab

Project Manager

Iman is career researcher with over 20 years’ experience, specialized in qualitative research, project management, strategy and communication. As an experienced project manager, she excels in design and management of large multi-country studies. Her interest in putting her research skills towards public benefit work, social justice, policy and in particular education, led her to pursue a post-graduate degree at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto and was awarded an M.Ed in Social Justice Education. In 2013, she also undertook a certificate in Community Engagement, Leadership and Development to gain the necessary community practice skills to enable her to work with communities. She is an impassioned story-teller and a talented people whisperer and excels in relationship and network building. (Profile updated 2016).

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Yosra Gamal

Yosra Gamal

Information Design Intern

Yosra Gamal is a senior graphic design student at the German University in Cairo, Egypt. Her work revolves around sociopolitical and anthropology-related topics that examine the diverse concerns of the region. With a particular focus on constructive research, Yosra aims to deliver her concepts in a variety of mediums that range from infographics, illustrations, photography, and street art, to typography and digital art. Yosra’s BA project was exhibited at Global Grad Show 2016 in Dubai. Her work was also featured in the CairoNow exhibition in Dubai, and the 100BAP exhibition in Amman, Abu Dhabi, and Cairo. (Profile updated 2017).
Lylla Younes

Lylla Younes

Computer Science Intern

 
Lylla is a senior at Cornell University. She is studying computer science and comparative literature. Lylla is interested in the budding field of data science and in its intersection with journalism and storytelling in the digital age.

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Network

Our network is an extended family of people who inspire us and who have a strong interest in applying their skills to social justice issues. This list includes those we have worked with in the last year.


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Fadi Shayya

Fadi Shayya

Project Management, Translator

     

Fadi is an urbanist, interdisciplinary design strategist and management professional. He shares ten years of collaborative experience in planning and architecture, process design and infographics, and critical research and social advocacy. He is editor of the book At the Edge of the City (2010) and recipient of the Basil Fuleihan Innovative Good Governance Award (2008). Fadi holds graduate degrees from Parsons The New School for Design and the American University of Beirut. (Profile Updated 2016).

Jianne Baban

Jianne Baban

Designer

   
Jianne graduated with a double major in Media Communication and Psychology with an emphasis in photography. She has a passionate for anything design oriented and a drive to find those defining moments. She is currently living in Toronto. (Profile updated 2016).
Kelsey Gallagher

Kelsey Gallagher

Researcher

Kelsey Gallagher is a recent graduate of the Honors Specialization Political Science program at Western University, with special interests in critical Canadian security studies and emerging conflict zones. His previous research mandates focused on civil-military relations in the Philippines and the politics of Spanish-American merchant vessels in the 18th century. He is an editor and contributor to The Caspian Report, and enjoys exploring alternative political organization and the geopolitics of the Middle East. (Profile updated 2016).
Matthew Stender

Matthew Stender

Strategist

     

Matthew Stender is a Berlin-based tech ethicist & futurist who focuses on the implications of emerging tech & what it means to be human in the 21st century. (Profile updated 2017).

Musab Hayatli

Musab Hayatli

Arabic Translator

 
Musab is a translator and linguist who grew up in Syria with Palestinian parents. Musab studied in Homs, Damascus, and Oxford universities. He is a member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting in the UK, and also worked for a while as an editor of the Arabic edition of Forced Migration Review, published by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. (Profile updated 2016).
Nour Bishouty

Nour Bishouty

Interdisciplinary Artist

   
Nour Bishouty is an interdisciplinary artist and designer based in Toronto. Her work, which takes the forms of image, video, object and text, explores issues pertaining to identity and the production of history. Nour holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was a fellow at the 2014/15 Home Workspace Program at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut. She was an inaugural resident artist at Twenty-Three Days at Sea, traveling artist residency. Her work has been exhibited in venues such as Access Gallery in Vancouver, Beirut Art Centre, Makan House in Amman, Helen Day Art Centre in Stowe VT; Casa Arabe in Madrid and Cordoba SP; and the Mosaic Rooms in London.
Shima Shafieian

Shima Shafieian

Fashion Designer

 
Shima Shafieian is a Toronto-based designer and stylist. She is a recent graduate from the Fashion Design program at Ryerson University.
Shireen Tawil

Shireen Tawil

Researcher

 
Shireen is a consultant, researcher, and human rights activist with a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Her work has focused on the intersections of human rights violations and mental health in protracted conflict, and reproductive health issues in marginalized communities. She has worked with NGOs in the US and Lebanon on domestic and regional public health issues, as well as with several UN bodies. Her published work includes academic research and social commentary. (Profile updated 2017).
Shorouq Ghneim

Shorouq Ghneim

Designer

     

Shorouq’s work spans a multitude of design fields, from web design, interactive application design and UI/UX to illustration, storyboarding and 2D- and 3D-animation. She holds a BA in Motion Media Design and an MA in Interactive Design and Game Development from the Savannah College of Art and Design. (Profile updated 2016).

Thoraya El Rayyes

Thoraya El Rayyes

Project Manager, Consultant, Translator

   

Thoraya is a strategic planning and management consultant with eight years of professional experience in both the private sector and the UN. She holds a Masters’ Degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics. (Profile updated 2016).

Zeina Jaber

Zeina Jaber

Designer

Zeina Jaber is a recent graduate of art and design living in San Fransisco. (Profile updated 2016).

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Partners

Partnerships are an extension of our core team. Each of our partners adds value unique to their area of specialization.

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Strategic Partners

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Ahmad Ghunaim

Ahmad Ghunaim

Tech Partner

Ahmad is a full-stack software engineer who loves to work on projects with social impact. Although his recent work focuses on bootstrapping start-ups from A to Z, he has also worked extensively with large public and private sector organizations on coding mission critical applications. Notable clients include Deutsche Bank, Cigna and governmental organizations in the US and Canada.

Hani Asfour

Hani Asfour

Design Partner

Hani is an architect and a creative thought leader with twenty years of experience. A graduate of MIT and Harvard, Hani is a founding partner of Polypod, a multidisciplinary award-winning studio in Beirut offering integrated design services in web development, information design, graphic design, branding, architecture and interior design.

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Polypod

Polypod

Design Partner

http://www.polypod.com.lb

Polypod provides integrated design solutions across multiple disciplines. We are an award-winning studio committed to raising design discourse in our community.

Naji el Mir

Naji el Mir

Design Partner

http://www.najielmir.com

Atelier Naji el Mir is a Paris based antidisciplinary graphic design studio providing creative solutions for most visual communication fields.
Calibro

Calibro

Design Partner

http://calib.ro/

Calibro is a multidisciplinary design studio based in Milan focused on tailored data–driven experiences and research. We are interested in exploring new pathways at the intersection between design, data visualization and humanities.

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Mlabbas

Mlabbas

Outreach Partner

http://www.mlabbas.com

The Mlabbas founders started a t-shirt venture in 2004 called teeshirtat.com which sold vintage Arabic tees at the first ever Jara Market in Jabal Amman. In 2010, the project relaunched as Mlabbas with a small kiosk in City Mall, where you can find Visualizing Palestine print products among their unique collection.

The Online Project

The Online Project

Outreach Partner

http://theonlineproject.me/

The Online Project is a full-service digital agency working with leading local and multinational brands in UAE, Saudi Arabia and Jordan.
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Collaborators

We engage in collaborations with organisations and entities whose overall focus or ‎current project aligns closely with our mission.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Electronic Frontier Foundation

on Digital Rights

https://www.eff.org/

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. Founded in 1990, EFF champions user privacy, free expression, and innovation through impact litigation, policy analysis, grassroots activism, and technology development. They work to ensure that rights and freedoms are enhanced and protected as our use of technology grows. Visualizing Impact and EFF are co-founders and co-hosts of the awardwinning Onlinecensorship.org project, which focuses on censorship enacted by social media companies.

Global Voices

Global Voices

on Digital Rights

https://globalvoices.org/

Global Voices is a border-less, largely volunteer community of more than 1400 writers, analysts, online media experts, and translators. Global Voices has been leading the conversation on citizen media reporting since 2005. They curate, verify and translate trending news and stories you might be missing on the Internet, from blogs, independent press and social media in 167 countries. Visualizing Impact is a collaborator on Global Voices Advocacy's Threatened Voices project, which tracks threats facing online content creators around the world.

Small Media

Small Media

on Data4Change

https://smallmedia.org.uk/

Small Media is a London-based action lab, providing digital research, training and advocacy solutions to support the work of civil society actors that provides assistance to at-risk communities globally. Visualizing Impact and Small Media collaborated in organizing Data4Chan.ge Beirut 2015, and have also connected on work themed around freedom of expression.

Mada Masr

Mada Masr

on Visualizing Egypt

http://www.madamasr.com/

Mada Masr is an Egypt-based media organization interested in producing intelligent and engaging journalism, and more generally in re-examining the role of media in relation to its public. Visualizing Impact and Mada Masr collaborated on "Visualizing Egypt" between 2014 and 2016, exploring censorship in Egyptian media.

Silatech

Silatech

on Arab youth unemployment

http://www.silatech.com/

Silatech is a regional social organization that works to enable jobs and expand economic opportunities for young Arabs. The organization promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation and engagement of young people in economic and social development. Visualizing Impact and Silatech collaborated in 2013 to work on the theme of Arab youth employment.

Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

Lutfia Rabbani Foundation

on Arab youth unemployment

http://www.rabbanifoundation.org/

The Lutfia Rabbani Foundation is dedicated to building sustainable, inclusive societies in Europe and the Arab World by facilitating Euro-Arab dialogue and educational exchange.

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Advisors

Meet our advisors, whose time, talent, and expertise empower our mission. Also, check out our past advisors.


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Zina Jardaneh

Zina Jardaneh

Amman, Jordan & UK

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Over the past 25 years, Zina has been involved in philanthropy and campaigning for human rights, with special interest in health, medical education, culture and most recently the Palestinian Museum. She is now a member of the Board of Trustees of the Welfare Association (Taawon). Zina has pursued a career in the pharmaceutical industry in Jordan and currently serves on boards of family pharmaceutical businesses. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of InvestBank, Jordan. (Profile updated 2016).

Kavita Ramdas

Kavita Ramdas

New York, USA

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Kavita Ramdas is a mindful leader, an advocate for gender justice and respected thought commentator on critical global and domestic challenges. She is passionate about advancing equitable development, inclusive growth, social entrepreneurship, gender and racial equity, and social change philanthropy. She has recently served as Senior Advisor to the President of the Ford Foundation on Global Strategy and Ford Foundation Representative for India, Nepal and Sri Lanka in New Dehli. From 2010 to 2012, Kavita was based at Stanford University, as a Visiting Scholar jointly with the Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society and the Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law. She was the founding Executive Director of Stanford's Program on Social Entrepreneurship and ensured its long term viability. From 1996 to 2010 Kavita served as President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women. Under her leadership the Fund exponentially grew in assets becoming the world’s largest public foundation for women’s rights. (Profile updated 2017).

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

Sharjah & Dubai, UAE

www.barjeelartfoundation.org

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi is a commentator on Arab affairs. Sultan Al-Qassemi is widely recognized for his use of Twitter and has been described by numerous media outlets as a prominent voice during the events of the ongoing Arab Spring. In February 2014 Sultan Al Qassemi joined the Global Commission on Internet Governance[4] and in the summer of 2014 became an MIT Media Lab Director's Fellow. Sultan is the founder of the Sharjah based Barjeel Art Foundation whose mission is to promote art by artists from the Arab world through a series of exhibitions locally and internationally. He is also a prolific writer whose articles have appeared in various publications including Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Independent and CNN. (Profile updated 2015).

Hanan Abdel Rahman-Rabbani

Hanan Abdel Rahman-Rabbani

Amman, Jordan

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Ms. Rabbani has over 20 years of experience working with various local, regional and international organizations on human rights, women’s rights and development issues in the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region. Hanan Abdel Rahman-Rabbani is the Regional Program Manager for MENA and Asia at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO). Prior to this position she served as the Open Society Foundations’ Senior Program Officer on women’s rights and Gender Development in the Arab region. A graduate of the United World College, Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria, Canada, she studied at Birzeit University in the West Bank, Durham University in England and earned a Master's Degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Social Studies (ISS) in The Hague, Netherlands. From 2005 to 2009, Ms. Rabbani worked as a human rights officer with the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and managed the Human rights office in Amman.  In Palestine, among other organizations, Ms. Rabbani worked for Al Haq, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (WCLAC), Associates in Rural Development (ARD), and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). In Jordan, she worked as the Iraq Advisor for The Friedrich Naumann Foundation’s Arab Regional Office. She also worked as a consultant for Amnesty International, International Crisis Group, and Sisterhood is a Global Institute (SIGI). (Profile updated 2016).

Khaled Al Sabawi

Khaled Al Sabawi

Toronto, Canada & Palestine

http://www.tabo.ps

Khaled Al Sabawi is a Canadian-Palestinian engineer and the founder and President of MENA Geothermal and the TABO Initiative. In 2010, Global Post named him "One of the World's Top Energy Entrepreneurs" for his work at MENA Geothermal. In late 2010, Khaled became the General Manager of UCI, MENA’s parent company and one of the largest real-estate development companies in Palestine. At UCI, Khaled founded the TABO initiative, the first project dedicated to creating title deeds and expanding property rights in Palestine. Khaled has lectured at McGill University in Canada and Harvard University and MIT in the United States. In November 2014, the University of Waterloo Faculty of Engineering awarded him the Young Alumni Achievement Medal. (Profile updated 2015).

Fateh Azzam

Fateh Azzam

Maine, USA

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Fateh Azzam is recently retired from his role as Director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship and Senior Policy Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Relations, both at the American University in Beirut. He previously served as the Middle East Regional Representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Director of Forced Migration and Refugee Studies at the American University in Cairo, Human Rights Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in Lagos and Cairo, and Director of the Palestinian organization Al-Haq. He led the process of establishing the Arab Human Rights Fund. Azzam holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Essex. (Profile updated 2017).

Maysara Abdul Majid

Maysara Abdul Majid

Doha, Qatar

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Maysara Abdul Majid is a structural engineer and Managing Partner at the Qatar-based technology solutions provider Seven Dimensions for Design.

Noha Ayaso Duwaji

Noha Ayaso Duwaji

Dubai, UAE

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Noha is keen on contributing to the economic development of her surroundings by sharing her experience and knowledge with up-and-coming enterprises. She has over 13 years of experience in the accounting, finance, and management consulting fields, having been recognized for her achievements and performance. After acquiring much of her experience with Ernst & Young, she shifted gears to make that experience available to local start-ups. She continues to provide support through consultations as well as heading workshops for local businesses in the community. She is passionate about applying excellence in her work and is driven by making a difference through her professional contribution.

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Supporters

We would like to acknowledge and thank our supporters for their role in making this work possible. Thank you.

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Our Resources

We have developed the following resources to support others working in our field.

PROCESS WHEEL

Interested in creating infographics? Our process wheel gives you an overview of the steps in our creative process.
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Detailed Process

Our detailed process offers closer look at who and what goes into our production process. Best used in print.
Check out this infographic.

Story telling process

Anyone can learn to tell powerful stories that stick. See our storytelling process for tips.

Crowdfunding Guide

In 2013, we ran a crowdfunding campaign in Lebanon to support our work. This guide is a reflection on our experience and learnings.

RAW Tool

Check out our adaptation of the RAW data tool by Density Design.

Contact Us

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LOCATIONS

VI is a registered non-profit in Canada, Lebanon, and the United States. Our main offices are located in Toronto and Beirut:


Toronto, 229 NIAGARA ST.
Hamra, Beirut, 226 Makdissi Street.


In addition to our main offices, team members work from multiple locations including Dubai, Amman, Ramallah, and San Francisco.