MY CV

Experience

September 2017 – Present
Foreign Correspondent; The Arab Weekly, London

I contribute features and op-eds that focus on the UAE as well as the entire GCC to this London-based newspaper. thearabweekly.com is produced by Al Arab Publishing House. The site reaches Western and Arab audiences that are both influential and affluent. This news site provides insight and comment on news that affects the Arab World

February 2017-July 2017
Editorial Director; Arabian Business, Dubai

Responsible for five magazines (two weekly, two monthly and one quarterly) and two websites. Managing a team of 14 reporters and editors as well as a pool of freelance writers around the world. Focusing the Arabian Business brand on the GCC exclusively, while making digital and print titles relevant with local residents and international readers. Responsible for achieving the greatest digital month in the history of Arabian Business.

October 2016-January 2017
PR Director; Seven Media, Dubai

Responsible for all content issued by Seven Media on behalf of Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) for the Dubai Shopping Festival, the largest event of its kind in the Middle East and North Africa. Wrote all press releases, and oversaw all videos produced by the team. Worked in-house with DTCM on a daily basis.

June 2015-August 2016
Head of all digital operations; The National, Abu Dhabi

Breaking news online, treating the newspaper’s digital operation like a wire service, promoting our content on all relevant social media platforms; also responsible for increasing the number of page views to the website, lengthening the time readers stay on the site and increasing our social media followers. Managing the online team in the newsroom.

April 2010-June 2015
News editor; The National, Abu Dhabi

Responsible for hiring all team members and managing a desk of 43 journalists (28 reporters, 12 senior editors and three translators) while producing a local news section seven days a week. Assigning stories to reporters and deciding which editors should edit which stories. Slotting stories and selecting pictures. Responsible for deciding which reporters should cover which news beats as well as supervising all work schedules for all reporters and editors.

August 2007-April 2010
Foreign editor; The National, Abu Dhabi

Hiring and managing a team of 25 foreign correspondents around the world, including at least one in every GCC country. Assigning stories to correspondents, selecting stories from the wires and slotting stories. Responsible for editing copy and proofing pages.

January 2006-August 2007
World editor; Emirates Today, Dubai

Assigning stories to a team of five foreign correspondents, reading the wires, slotting stories and selecting pictures. Responsible for hiring and managing all correspondents.

July 2005-January 2006
News editor; Emirates Today, Dubai

Assigning stories and editing copy for 10 local news reporters, and five foreign correspondents; reading the wires, slotting stories and selecting pictures.

March 2004-June 2005
Head of copy desk; Gulf News, Dubai

Editing all copy for the local news section. Managing a team of eight copy editors. Responsible for hiring all team members.

November 1998-December 2003
Copy editor; National Post, Toronto

Rewriting and editing staff stories and wire copy. Writing headlines and picture captions. Designing pages and selecting and cropping pictures. Assigning stories to reporters, selecting stories from the wires and slotting stories.

November 1994-December 1996
Senior editor; International Public Relations Co. Ltd., Tokyo

Writing and editing NKK News, NTT Monitor, Suntory Today and Toray Newsletter, all of which are corporate newsletters. Supervising production schedule from first draft to publication. Writing speeches and press releases as well as delivering presentations.

December 1992-October 1994
Managing editor; INS Corporation, Tokyo

Writing and editing an electronic dictionary for machine-readable translation. Responsible for hiring and managing a team of eight editors while producing 150,000 definitions.

November 1991-August 1992
Copy editor; Lugus Publications, Toronto

Editing and proofreading manuscripts and typesetting to camera-ready art. Supervising meetings between authors and artists to produce cover art and illustrations.

May 1998-August 1998
Copy editor – Internship; The Toronto Star, Toronto

Editing stories for content and length. Writing headlines and picture captions.

September 1998-October 1998
Reporter – Internship; Reuters, Toronto

Writing news briefs as well as a feature that moved on the Reuters wire service.

Education

1997-1999
Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree

Ryerson Polytechnic University, Toronto
Two-year graduate degree in journalism

1989-1992
Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree

York University, Toronto
Major/Minor: English Literature/East Asian Studies

Personal

Birth date:

November 26, 1966

Marital status:

Married (April 1991) with boy/girl twins

Nationality:

Canadian