I'm a British-Lebanese author, publisher and media entrepreneur. I've published a best-selling collection of stories, Our Man in Beirut (Turning Point Books). I'm currently working on my first crime novel at the acclaimed Faber Academy in London, where I will be until March 2018.
I've contributed writing to a bunch of publications, including The Guardian, GQ, Little White Lies, Monocle, Brownbook, CBC, and Time Out. I also get invited as a talking head on TV from time to time, like that one time I was chastized by Amal Alamuddin's mum on the BBC and that one time I had a (verbal) fight with a racist on Al Jazeera. I also occasionally get quoted in 'print' by the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Independent and others. If you ever need a quote, I'm glad to oblige in the relentless pursuit of shameless self-promotion.
Essentially all of my work - both creative and entrepreneurial - focuses on multiculturalism & identity, pop culture, the media industry, and storytelling more broadly. That might sound pompous, but if you're reading this, you want to know what I care about. And that's what I care about.
In the past few years I have worked at Keeward, Bookwitty and J. Walter Thompson on content strategy, media partnerships and new ways of financing creativity across writing, music and filmmaking.
I studied Politics at the American University of Beirut (BA) and International Politics of the Middle East at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (MSc). I have also studied entrepreneurship with Babson College and UCL School of Management (through the UK Lebanon Tech Hub) and Novel Writing at the City Literary Institute in London.
I live in London's Kentish Town with the wonderful, talented, award-winning Lebanese designer Nour Hage, who happens to be my wife (unluckily for her). We have a beautiful cat who saved my life called Margo.