Contributors & Staff

AMN is staffed and contributed to by a diverse range of journalists and contributors from all over the world who in turn come from equally diverse religious, ethnic and political backgrounds. This gives AMN a broader and fairer perspective in its reporting of the news, especially in the case of Middle East related news, which represents the media group’s most prominent feature.

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Board of Directors

Leith Abou Fadel : Founder, Owner and Editor-in-Chief

Leith Abou Fadel

Founder, Owner and Editor-in-Chief

A graduate in Economics, Leith launched Al-Masdar News in August 2014. His vast network of ground sources across the Middle East has helped project Al-Masdar News to release breaking news before most mainstream media.

You can follow him on Twitter: @leithfadel

leith.fadel@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@leithfadel
Chris Tomson : Deputy Editor, Chief Operating Officer

Chris Tomson

Deputy Editor, Chief Operating Officer

Chris is second-in-command and daily manager of the English editorial team. Based in Denmark, Chris also stays in close contact with all department managers. He specializes on frontline reports covering Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

You can follow him on Twitter: @TheDaneChris

chris.tomson@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@TheDaneChris
Zen Adra : Department Manager

Zen Adra

Department Manager

Captain of the Al-Masdar News office in Damascus and Department Manager of the Arabic team. Focused on the Syrian conflict. Holds an M.A. in translation and diploma in English Language and Literature.

You can follow him on Twitter: @zen_adra
zen.adra@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@zen_adra
Danny Froberg : Chief Technology Officer, Head of Ethics Board

Danny Froberg

Chief Technology Officer, Head of Ethics Board

A founding member of AMN with 25 years of IT experience. Spearheads the backend department and takes care of daily maintenance.

You can follow him on Twitter: @dfroberg

danny.froberg@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@dfroberg

Editors

Leith Abou Fadel : Founder, Owner and Editor-in-Chief

Leith Abou Fadel

Founder, Owner and Editor-in-Chief

A graduate in Economics, Leith launched Al-Masdar News in August 2014. His vast network of ground sources across the Middle East has helped project Al-Masdar News to release breaking news before most mainstream media.

You can follow him on Twitter: @leithfadel

leith.fadel@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@leithfadel
Chris Tomson : Deputy Editor, Chief Operating Officer

Chris Tomson

Deputy Editor, Chief Operating Officer

Chris is second-in-command and daily manager of the English editorial team. Based in Denmark, Chris also stays in close contact with all department managers. He specializes on frontline reports covering Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

You can follow him on Twitter: @TheDaneChris

chris.tomson@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@TheDaneChris
Zen Adra : Department Manager

Zen Adra

Department Manager

Captain of the Al-Masdar News office in Damascus and Department Manager of the Arabic team. Focused on the Syrian conflict. Holds an M.A. in translation and diploma in English Language and Literature.

You can follow him on Twitter: @zen_adra
zen.adra@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@zen_adra
Andrew Illingworth : Journalist, Video Mapmaker

Andrew Illingworth

Journalist, Video Mapmaker

Andrew Illingworth is an B.A. undergraduate in his last semester. He specializes in military knowledge and currently runs the online analysis franchise known as OZ Analysis.

You can follow him at: @OZ_Analysis

http://www.twitter.com/@OZ_Analysis
Izat Charkatli : Journalist

Izat Charkatli

Journalist

Biomedical engineering student and a Canadian of Syrian origin, Izat finds himself absorbed by the chaotic realm of Middle East politics. He tends to cover primarily battlefield reports from Syria.

You can follow him at: @IzatCharkatli

http://www.twitter.com/https://twitter.com/IzatCharkatli
Henri Feyerabend : Journalist

Henri Feyerabend

Journalist

Henri Feyerabend is a student of philosophy from Germany. Besides daily developements in Syria, he covers geo-political dimensions of the Syrian conflict.

http://www.twitter.com/

Arabic Team

Zen Adra : Department Manager

Zen Adra

Department Manager

Captain of the Al-Masdar News office in Damascus and Department Manager of the Arabic team. Focused on the Syrian conflict. Holds an M.A. in translation and diploma in English Language and Literature.

You can follow him on Twitter: @zen_adra
zen.adra@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@zen_adra
Ibrahim Joudeh : Media Manager

Ibrahim Joudeh

Media Manager

Spearheads Twitter, Facebook and Youtube accounts for Al-Masdar News. Field correspondent based in Damascus. Closely in touch with many sources in the Syrian military, and known as the company's news scavenger.

You can follow him at: @Ibra_Joudeh

ibrahim.joudeh@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@Ibra_Joudeh
Majd Fahd : Contributor

Majd Fahd

Contributor

Field correspondent based in Damascus. Studied Electronic Media at Damascus University. Often digs up stories for the English section and contributes to the Arabic team.

You can follow him on Twitter: @Syria_Protector

majd.fahd@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@Syria_Protector
Milad Daher : Translator, Social Media Assistant

Milad Daher

Translator, Social Media Assistant

Graduated student of Civil Engineering from Tishreen University in Latakia. Contributes to the Arabic section, and helps with social media management. Also distant cousin of Leith Abou Fadel.

http://www.twitter.com/

Balkan Team

Stefan Agatonovic : Department Manager

Stefan Agatonovic

Department Manager

Stefan is the Balkan Department Manager, covering the languages of Croatian, Serbian, Bosnian and Montenegrin. History student based in Leskovac, Serbia. Highly interested in geopolitical developments and the conflict in Syria.

http://www.twitter.com/
Daniel Horvat : Translator

Daniel Horvat

Translator

Based in the Croatian city of Pula, Daniel holds several years of experience in NGO's and helping various websites. Although primarily interested in vjing, 3D mapping and visual arts, he works as a librarian to pay the bills.

http://www.twitter.com/
Davor M. : Translator

Davor M.

Translator

Based in Slovenia, Davor is interested in conflicts on the global geopolitical arena and specifically Syria. He speaks several languages and heads a firm of his own.

http://www.twitter.com/
Ziggy Stardust : Translator

Ziggy Stardust

Translator

Ziggy is based in Zagreb, Croatia and graduated from the Faculty of Economics. He currently works in the oil sector and is the happy father of three children.

http://www.twitter.com/
Petar Marković : Translator

Petar Marković

Translator

Petar is one of the main Balkan translators. He holds a college degree in geopolitics and is based in Koper, Slovenia.

http://www.twitter.com/
Tiso Cvetković : Translator

Tiso Cvetković

Translator

Tiso is based in Slovenia. He works in the field of law and speaks multiple languages, making him a multilingual translator.

http://www.twitter.com/

German Team

Ali Tok : Department Manager

Ali Tok

Department Manager

Based in Berlin, Ali is a vocal supporter of securalism. He is of Turkish origin and speaks fluent English, German, Turkish and Farsi.

You can follow him at: @allitok

http://www.twitter.com/@allitok
Benjamin : German Media Manager

Benjamin

German Media Manager

Benjamin is a BA graduate in English and History based in central Germany. He spearheads the social media pages and also translates for the German team.

You can follow him at: @ThisIsBoomer

http://www.twitter.com/@ThisIsBoomer
Pauline E. : Translator

Pauline E.

Translator

Pauline lives in the border city of Cologne and thus speaks fluent German, French and English. She studies history and politics with a special interest in Iraq and Syria.

You can follow her at: @displanung

http://www.twitter.com/@displanung
Daniel Holzer : Translator

Daniel Holzer

Translator

Based in Vienna, Austria, Daniel works as an industrial engineer. He is highly interested in geopolitical developments and the conflict in Syria.

You can follow him at: @AustrianOHR

http://www.twitter.com/@AustrianOHR
Eduard Schreder : Translator

Eduard Schreder

Translator

Eduard is a computer science student based in southern rural Germany with interest in politics and the Middle East. Because of personal contacts in Syria, he has been following the conflict from early on.

You can follow him at:@eduardschreder

http://www.twitter.com/@eduardschreder

Russian Team

Nikita Chugonov : Department Manager, Translator

Nikita Chugonov

Department Manager, Translator

Nikita Chugonov spearheads the Russian section. He is also an Arabic and Russian translator, often helping the English AMN team. Student on International Relations at MGIMO University.

http://www.twitter.com/

Spanish Team

Renato Velez : Department Manager

Renato Velez

Department Manager

Based in Santiago, Chile, Renato works as an independent geopolitical analyst and university professor, focusing on Middle East Affairs. He is currently researching on Syria's war against ISIS for his MA in International Studies.

You can follow him on Twitter: @errevelez90

renato.velez@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@errevelez90
Alvaro Afonso : Translator

Alvaro Afonso

Translator

Alvaro is highly interested in political communication and anthropology. Based in Spain but focused on the conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

You can follow him at: @florenenero

http://www.twitter.com/@florenenero
Alberto Rodriguez : Translator

Alberto Rodriguez

Translator

Alberto is a journalism student at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

You can follow him on Twitter: @rumberto1917

http://www.twitter.com/@rumberto1917
Elena De Mingo Garcia : Translator

Elena De Mingo Garcia

Translator

Based in Madrid, Elena is the newest addition to the Spanish team. She is a graduate of political science.

http://www.twitter.com/
Leo San Laureano : Translator

Leo San Laureano

Translator

Leo is a law and political science graduate. Currently based in Spain he is soon to end a MD in International Politics. He is primarily focused on the Libyan conflict.

You can follow him at: @sanquile

http://www.twitter.com/sanquile
Felipe Ramírez : Translator

Felipe Ramírez

Translator

Felipe is a journalist, translator and political activist from Santiago, Chile.

You can follow him on Twitter: @feliperasa

http://www.twitter.com/@feliperasa
Mariam Fakih Sen : Translator

Mariam Fakih Sen

Translator

Student of journalism at Universidad Complutense de Madrid and law at Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. Based in Madrid.

You can follow her at: @mfs712

http://www.twitter.com/@mfs712
Daniela : Translator

Daniela

Translator

Daniela is an English foreign language teacher based in Argentina. She is also a contributor at Syrian Perspective.

You can follow her on twitter: @Daddo_Aub

daniela.obreque@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@Daddo_Aub

Turkish Team

Haber Merkezi : Department Manager

Haber Merkezi

Department Manager

Boss of the Turkish Al-Masdar News section. Based inside Turkish mainland but especially focused on frontlines of Syria.

http://www.twitter.com/https://twitter.com/NatDefFor
Emre Köse : Translator

Emre Köse

Translator

Based in Ankara, Emre operates as a translator and journalist for Al-Masdar News. Focused on foreign policy and the MENA region.

http://www.twitter.com/https://twitter.com/emrekosesy
Hasan Sincari : Translator

Hasan Sincari

Translator

Based in Hatay, Hasan is a lawyer of Arabic origin. Contributor and Arabic translator for the Turkish section. In daily contact with many sources in Syria.

http://www.twitter.com/https://twitter.com/HasanElSincari
Umut Õzil : Translator

Umut Õzil

Translator

Based in Izmir, Umut works as a Turkish translator for Al-Masdar News. He is also a student with special focus on Syria and Iraq.

http://www.twitter.com/

Regular Contributors

Technical Team

Danny Froberg : Chief Technology Officer, Head of Ethics Board

Danny Froberg

Chief Technology Officer, Head of Ethics Board

A founding member of AMN with 25 years of IT experience. Spearheads the backend department and takes care of daily maintenance.

You can follow him on Twitter: @dfroberg

danny.froberg@almasdarnews.com http://www.twitter.com/@dfroberg