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Asaad Hanna

Journalist, researcher and political/media adviser

Work experience

Aug 2017Present

Contributor

Chatham House, London

Political research and analysis on ongoing political, military and security developments in Syria.

May 2017Present

Freelance journalist

The Washington Times, Washington D.C.

Writing articles and op-eds on the political, military and humanitarian developments in Syria.

Jan 2017Present

Freelance journalist

TRTworld, Istanbul

Writing articles and op-eds on the political, military and humanitarian developments in Syria

June 2014May 2017

Political Officer 

Free Syrian Army - Political Office, Istanbul

Analysis of political processes in Syria and in the region, provision of political advice, liaison and coordination with embassies, permanent missions and foreign ministries of the European Union and the United States. 

2017Present

Researcher

Toraan for Strategic Studies, Rehanly

High-level research work on the ongoing conflict in Syria, with an emphasis on minorities and armed group mapping and dynamics.

20172017

Media adviser to the High Negotiations Committee

Media adviser  during the fifth round of Syria peace talks in Geneva in February 2017
20152016

Managing editor at Worldpress

Souriat, online work

Managing editor of the site

Jan 2015Present

Media trainer

Freelance

Training  groups of journalists and and media activists on information security and occupational safety.  

Jan 2014Present

Fixer

Freelance

Assisting international magazines and television channels operating in Syria in preparing for filming, securing guests, building contacts and identifying locations. 

Jan 2014Jan 2017

Human rights defender

Front line and Gulf Center for Human Rights, Beirut

Documenting and reporting on human rights violations and abuses in Syria 

Dec 2013Present

Reporter and news editor 

all4syria (Arabic), Almonitor (English), Zaman Alwasel (Arabic), Honta magazine (Arabic) and Global Voices Online (English)

Writing articles and editing news 

Oct 2012Feb 2013

Accountant

Alrahma Hospital, Kamishly

In charge of  drafting the hospital's monthly budget, managing and monitoring  expenditures.

Education

Jan 2016 Nov 2016

Art of Negotiation

Clingendeal Academy and Stratagem International

Training about the Art of the negotiation and how to be engaged in the political talks and world conflicts.

Apr 2016Apr 2016

Documenting Sexual Violence in Conflict

United Nations, Istanbul

Training course on documentation and reporting on sexual violence in conflict

Jul 2015Jul 2015

Editing in times of crisis

Reuters, Istanbul

 Training

20142015

Safety and Security for Journalists

Gulf Center for Human Rights, Gaziantep

Training of Trainers

Oct 2009Dec 2013

Degree in Economics

Damascus University, Syria

Faculty of Economics and Commerce, Accounting Department  

Skills

Planning and organizing

Excellent organizational, project development and management skills.

IT

Excellent knowledge of main operating systems and Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint). Fully proficient in the use of social media.

Other skills

Excellent problem solving, mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution skills.

Languages

Arabic: Native 

EnglishFluent

TurkishGood 

References

Nibras Al-Hasan

Political Officer at the British Consulate in Istanbul (Turkey)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: +90 549 784 28 06

Valentina Falco

Chief of Investigations, United Nations Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Geneva (Switzerland)

Email: [email protected] ;

Tel: +41 76 691 0416

Marita Kassis

Managing editor of Al-Monitor, Beirut (Lebanon)

Email: [email protected]

Tel.: +96 1 3433 070

Farah Hassouna 

Internal Manager of Gulf Center for Human Rights, Beirut (Lebanon)

Email: [email protected]