AMEJA BOARD MEMBeRS
Hoda Osman is a freelance reporter and journalism trainer based in New York. She has worked for France 24, ABC News, CBS News, PBS and the Associated Press. She has traveled to different parts of the world to teach reporting skills and investigative journalism.
Jamal Rayyis is an internationally-noted writer and food and wine critic who authored seven editions of Food Wine Magazine’s Wine Guide (2002-2008). His work has appeared in a number of publications, including Wine Spirits Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, Departures, New York Magazine, The New York Times, as well as several others. Jamal’s primary interest is the intersection of history, politics, and culture in the development and expression of gastronomic traditions and contemporary creation. While internationalist in scope, he has a particular interest in the Mediterranean basin. Presently, Jamal is the US correspondent/critic of the French wine publication Gilbert Gaillard and is writing a book on the politics of gastronomy.
Kareem Fahim is Istanbul bureau chief for the Washington Post. Previously, he was Cairo-based correspondent for the The New York Times. He covered Tunisia, Egypt and Libya during the historic Arab uprisings for The Times after joining the paper in 2005 to work on the metropolitan beat. He grew up in Kuwait and northern California, and is a graduate of Columbia University’s Graduate School of International and Public Affairs.
Board Member (Posthumous)
Englishman of Egyptian heritage, Walid El-Gabry was AMEJA's founding president and has worked in newsrooms across the United Kingdom, Istanbul, and New York City, specializing in business journalism. Walid was transferred to the US by the Financial Times to help oversee coverage from the Americas, and subsequently worked for Dow Jones and Bloomberg, before going in-house to write objective analysis for various financial institutions.
Tamer El-Ghobashy is Baghdad bureau chief for the Washington Post. Previously he was Middle East reporter for the Wall Street Journal based in Cairo, and covered the broader region. He joined that paper as a criminal justice reporter in July 2010. Prior to that, he was a national news editor at NBC Local Integrated Media, a position he started in 2009. Previously, he was a staff writer at the New York Daily News for nine years where he covered local, national and international news including Hurricane Katrina, the attacks of September 11th 2001 and the 2006 war in Lebanon. Tamer graduated from New York University in 2000 with a bachelors in Journalism.
Born in Iran, Golnoush Niknejad moved to the US when she was 17. She holds a BA in Political Science and Writing and a law degree with an international and European focus. Following her initial news work in Southern California and Massachusetts, Niknejad moved to New York City and earned two Masters degrees in journalism from Columbia University, focusing first on print and then politics and government. Niknejad is on the board of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association. Her work includes reporting for PBS/Frontline, the Los Angeles Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, TIME Magazine and California Lawyer. She launched Tehran Bureau in November 2008. Tehran Bureau is now in partnership with PBS/Frontline.
Founder of The Make Agency, Mahdis Keshavarz: Her ability to create uniquely intelligent and culturally sensitive strategies has kept her clients at the forefront of an ever-shifting global media landscape. As an accomplished advocate of groundbreaking issues, she has exhibited her capacity to positively shift dialogues and challenge the status-quo. Her ability to fuse East and West makes her the most sought after representative in understanding, creating and networking on behalf of her clientele. As a commentator, she has written for Billboard and Slate magazines and has been featured on the BBC and Democracy Now! Since establishing The Make Agency, Ms. Keshavarz’s diverse client roster has included international dignitaries, Hollywood stars, global artists, numerous film festivals and events focusing on the Middle Eastern community. She has placed thousands of news stories and op-eds with leading media outlets around the world – including front page stories in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NPR, The National and Al Jazeera. She serves on the boards of AMEJA and UK-based Minority Rights Group International.
Rima is a New York-based multimedia journalist. She recently joined NBC and has previously written for The Huffington Post, The Dinar Standard, The Daily Star, The New York Daily News, Today’s Zaman, Elan Magazine, Women’s eNews, MediaGlobal Newswire, Arabisto Online, among others. She has produced stories for Al Jazeera English, Bridges TV, and CUNY TV, among others, and has written, reported, and produced her own stories. In her spare time, she is a social media coach, and mentor for aspiring journalists.
Nahal Toosi is a foreign affairs correspondent at POLITICO. She joined POLITICO from The Associated Press, where she reported from and/or served as an editor in New York, Islamabad, Kabul and London. She was one of the first foreign correspondents to reach Abbottabad, Pakistan, after the killing of Osama bin Laden. Prior to joining the AP, Toosi worked for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where she mostly covered higher education but also managed to report from Iraq during the U.S. invasion in 2003, as well as from Egypt, Thailand and Germany.
Mona Iskander is a New York-based producer and on-air correspondent who has worked in public and commercial media. Her reporting has taken her to the streets of Cairo to report on the revolution, to Ramallah and Tel Aviv to report on efforts at peace, and to Amman to investigate the youth unemployment crisis. In the US, she has reported on diverse topics including how collateralized debt obligations contributed to the great recession and the ways in which the NYPD is working with young people to reduce crime and build trust within the communities. Mona has also produced live multi-media programs on theoretical physics for the World Science Festival, as well as live panel discussions for Tina Brown’s Women in the World. She is a founding board member of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association and graduated from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.