I am a freelance foreign correspondent working in print and video production, based between Istanbul and Toronto. You can see my writing and reporting in the New York Times, New Statesman, BBC, VICE, and elsewhere. I have also worked as a consultant and translator on news investigations for the UK's Channel 4 and Canada's Globe & Mail.
Prior to journalism, I worked in the development aid and urban planning sectors, specialising in conflict zones and fragile states. I continue to consult for organisations that want to bring investigative research, rigorous analysis, and powerful storytelling to their work.
I have lived and worked in several countries across Europe, North America, the Middle East, and Africa.
I read international relations and economic history at the London School of Economics, and Arabic at the University of Damascus. I speak English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Persian, and Urdu.