I'm a British-Lebanese writer, television host and producer.
In 2019, I co-founded Last Floor Productions with Daniel Habib and Firas Abou Fakher, a production house dedicated to creating character-driven genre fiction for television, film and digital platforms. The company is focussed on Arab stories and dedicated to bringing in a diverse range of Arab voices into the global entertainment industry.
I am also currently co-developing The New Arabs, a six-part television documentary about the Arab world that I will also host. The project is produced by Noble Television in Montreal. We previously collaborated on an Emmy-nominated episode of Interrupt This Program. I am also developing smaller documentaries with independent filmmakers in the Middle East.
My writing has appeared in publications including The Guardian, GQ, Little White Lies, Monocle, Brownbook, and Time Out.
In audio, I am a regular guest on the BBC Arts Hour and have appeared on BBC’s World Book Cafe and Monocle24.
Most of my work focuses on Arab culture, pop culture & multiculturalism, the media industry, and storytelling.
In 2012 I published a best-selling collection of stories & essays, Our Man in Beirut (Turning Point Books).
For over a decade I have also worked in various ways to produce, promote and export film, digital content, music, writing, mainly from the Middle East. I’ve also advised artists, brands & non-profits in the creative industries on strategy.
I studied Politics at the American University of Beirut (BA), International Politics of the Middle East at the SOAS, University of London (MSc), and entrepreneurship with Babson College & UCL School of Management. In 2018, I completed the acclaimed Writing A Novel course at Faber Academy in London.
I live in Kentish Town, London with my wife — the wonderful, talented, award-winning Lebanese designer Nour Hage — and our cat, Izzy.
For TV and non-fiction writing, I am represented by Aoife Rice at United Agents.