I'm a British-Lebanese writer, television host and producer.
I am 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, as well as a new production venture that spans genre fiction across TV, film and audio that I will announce in October 2019.
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.
For TV and non-fiction writing, I am represented by Aoife Rice at United Agents.
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.