I was born in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, on November 10, 1983. I moved to Belgium several years ago.
After migrating to Belgium, I studied Arabic Studies and Economics at the KULeuven (Catholic University of Leuven).
In 2010, I started working at the newsroom of the Belgian Public Broadcaster (VRT) as a freelancer, later I was hired full-time journalist at the Foreign News Desk.
I mostly work on investigative news stories regarding issues in the Middle East and the refugee crisis in Europe. I am also responsible for the verification of a lot of the social media content that makes its way into VRT outlets across TV, digital and radio.
My documentaries have been broadcasted in Belgium and abroad.
You can talk to me in English, Arabic, Dutch or French.
I Offer training on
OSINT for investigative journalists
SOCIAL MEDIA activism by refugees
SOCIAL MEDIA activism by terror organisations
SOCIAL MEDIA verification in the newsroom.
Winner Liberales Book Prize 2017
HERBOREN (2017) - Winner Liberales Book Prize 2017, Belgium:
In this book I speak to the new refugees who arrived in Europe the past years during the largest refugee crisis since World War 2. I also speak to the Belgian citizen through a vibrant discussion on what integration means in Belgium. This is how I started a new life after migrating to Belgium in 2003. From arriving to the refugee center with no money, degree, language or a job to becoming a Belgian citizen and a journalist in the largest media organization of the country.
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