I write about human rights promotion, the threats against freedom of expression and the social dimension of technology for several media such as Global Voices Online, Global Voices Advocacy and Al-Jazeera, and I am now part of a team working on a new Spanish news site: Eldiario.es (exciting!).
I hold degrees in English Studies from the University of Santiago de Compostela and in Arabic Studies from the University of Granada. I have a master´s degree in International Cooperation, that took me to Tetuan, Morocco for a year, where I worked on development projects. I also studied Literary Criticism at the University of Kansas, where I lived and taught Spanish for three years.
I speak Spanish, English, Arabic and Gallego (the co-official language of the Spanish northern-area of Galicia), I have lived in Spain, Syria, Mexico, the United States and Morocco and there is nothing I like more than travelling and discovering new aspects of the world´s diverse cultures and societies.
I am passionate about new media and the changes it is helping create, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. I regularly speak at conferences and give trainings and workshops. In the past year, this has included the conferences “Remembering Saramago”: “Globalization and revolutions in the Arab world; the conference Internet and 21st century social revolutions; the Nonick Conference on Internet trends, the Symposium on Technology and Social Change, the Campus Party Millenium, the re:publica event and the Ars Electronica Festival, where I was also a jury member for the Digital Communities category.
If you would like to contact me, please email me at: leila.nachawati[at]gmail.com
And if you want to see the rest of my CV: http://leilanachawati.net/my-cv
PD: I am writing my first novel. Very excited More soon!