I am a writer, journalist, and researcher. You can read my writing and reporting in The New Statesman, BBC, VICE, and various other magazines and news outlets. I have also worked as a consultant and translator on news investigations for the UK's Channel 4 and Canada's Globe & Mail.
My background is in the development aid and urban planning sectors, specialising in conflict zones and fragile states. I have worked in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Congo-Brazzaville.
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.