AMEJA BOARD MEMBeRS

Hoda Osman
President

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
Vice President

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
Treasurer

Kareem Fahim is a Cairo-based reporter 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.

Walid el-Gabry
Board Member

Englishman of Egyptian heritage, Walid El-Gabry has worked in newsrooms in the United Kingdom, Istanbul, and New York City, lately specializing in financial journalism. In the US, Walid worked for the Financial Times, Dow Jones, and Bloomberg, before going in-house to write objective analysis for various financial institutions. Currently, Walid works freelance for a variety of finance-based publications in the US and UK.

Tamer el-Ghobashy, 
Board Member

Tamer El-Ghobashy is a Middle East reporter for the Wall Street Journal.  Based in Cairo, Tamer covers the region more generally. He joined the 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.

Golnoush Niknejad
Board Member

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.

Mahdis Keshavarz
Board MemberFounder 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 Billboardand, 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 inThe New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, BBC, NPR, The National and Al Jazeera. She serves on the boards of the Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association (AMEJA) and UK based Minority Rights Group International.

Rima Abdelkader
Board Member

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. Have a story idea? Contact her at rima.abdelkader@gmail.com or @rimakader on Twitter.

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Mona Iskander
Board Member

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.