Media outreach lead for the Association for Progressive Communications. Nov 2014-present
APC is a network of activists committed to supporting organizations, social movements and individuals through the use of information and communication technologies
Professor of Communications at Carlos III University, Madrid; Jan 2012-present I have taught three courses: Online Participation and Citizen Communication; International Journalism; and Information and Conflict: Media Projections of Violence
Author, Cuando la revolución termine (novel); 2016
Co-founder of Syria Untold; 2013-2016
Syria Untold is a digital archive and aggregator of creative contents associated to the civic movement and civil-society building in Syria.
Researcher for the Web Index; April-June 2013
The Web Index analyses the state of the internet per country and scope
Communications and social media consultant; 2010-present
Ars Electronica Prix: Jury member – Digital Communities category
RedLab Latino: Consultant on the use of digital and collaborative tools for a network of artists from Latin American countries. Project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Bidna Capoeira: NGO devoted to social inclusion through sports based in Syria. I developed their online communication strategy, contributed to building their online community and trained staff and volunteers in the use of collaborative tools.
Campus Party Millennium Granada: I was in charge of designing the program and contents related to human rights, social media and citizen empowerment on the special edition focusing on the Mediterranean.
Correspondent, Global Voices Online; 2011-present
Arab Bloggers Meeting: Member of the steering committee of the 2014 edition.
Global Voices’ Advocacy project: I represented the Middle East and North Africa constituency at the Policy Advocacy committee.
- Tutor for the Global Voices’ Blogger Swarm Mentorship initiative, that aims to help activists from all over the world improve their blogging skills while getting comfortable with using digital tools for collaborative work and online networking.
Writer, Eldiario.es; 2012-present
Online community manager at Spain’s Escuela de Organización Industrial; 2007-2011
2009-2010: Volunteer, Syrian Observatory for Women´s Rights (Damascus, Syria)
2006-2007: International Cooperation Assistant, Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional (Tetuan, Morocco).
2002-2005: Trainer for Spanish language teachers, University of Santiago de Compostela. Courses of Grammar Didactics, Didactic Material and Conversation.
2003-2005: Spanish teacher, Cervantes Institute (Damascus, Syria).
2000-2003: Spanish teacher, University of Kansas. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Carlos III University, Madrid: Completed a PhD in Media Research, specialising in conflict, war and citizen storytelling in Syria
University of Granada, 2006: MA, International Cooperation and NGO Management
University of Granada, 2005: B.A. in Arabic Studies
University of Kansas, 2002: M.A. in Hispanic Studies
University of Santiago de Compostela, 2000: B.A. in English Studies
University of Damascus, 2007: Certificate of advanced level of Arabic
EOI, Madrid, 2007-2008: Executive Degree in Marketing
IAI – GMF´s Mediterranean Paper Series
“New Regional Dynamics and Means of Communication in the Mediterranean Region” http://www.iai.it/pdf/mediterraneo/GMF-IAI/Mediterranean-paper_22.pdf
Global Voices Advocacy
“More Western Technology for the Syrian Regime”
“Spanish Intellectual Property Law and Global Netfreedom”
ISN (International Security Network):
“Misrepresenting the Syrian Revolution”
Al Jazeera English
“The Assads vs. YouTube” http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2011/09/2011914105953917897.html
“Yes We Camp’ Activists Hit Spanish Streets”
“Did the Spanish Police Dismantle Anonymous?
¿Qué tienen en común Venezuela, Ucrania y Siria? http://www.elmundo.es/internacional/2014/02/21/5307921e268e3e262a8b4572.html
“El Año de las Leyes Anti-Protesta” http://www.eldiario.es/desalambre/leyes-anti-protesta-Espana-Mexico-Bahrein-Egipto-Reino_Unido-Quebec-represion-protestas_0_206829322.html
“Los sospechosos likes de Facebook” http://www.eldiario.es/desalambre/blog/sospechosos-likes-Facebook_6_81251897.html
Fluent in Spanish (native), Galician, English and Arabic.
Advanced level of Italian (certificate, University of Kansas), Intermediate French (certificate from the French Institute of Tetouan, Morocco).
Experience working with content management systems, content platforms, collaborative tools, management of social media, monitoring and tracking tools.
SELECTED SPEAKING APPEARANCES
- Speaker at Newsxchange, “Covering a war without correspondents”
- Panelist at the National Conference for Media Reform
- Speaker at re:publica 2012: “Citizen empowerment against brutality”
- Jury member at Ars Electronica Prix – Digital Communities (April 20-22)
- Speaker at 14th Kronberg Talks: “Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean. Fostering Cooperation, Strengthening Relations”. Istanbul, Turkey (May 14-16)Speaker at IEMED (European Institute of the Mediterranean). “Syria: one year of uprisings”