I was always drawn to journalism and fascinated by the tremendous impact it has on people’s lives. I'm a geek, media trainer and entrepreneur, and working with ICFJ allows me to employ my passion for technology and journalism to educate, inform and change lives. I’m currently leading the Engage: Training for Journalists and Creators in the MENA Region, an ICFJ and Meta Journalism Project program. We’re training journalists on the latest digital skills, resources, and tools in four main areas: storytelling, video reporting, data journalism, and audience development and engagement. I previously served as program coordinator for the Journalism Ethics in the Middle East program and Arabic-language reviewer for the Supporting Beirut: Response and Recovery Fund project, aiming to support media affected by the August 4, 2020, explosion in Beirut.
I hold a master’s in European studies from the College of Europe-Poland; an MSc in international political economy from The University of Aberdeen-Scotland, and an MA in auditing and management control from the National School of Business and Management-Morocco. I hold a university certificate in international human rights law from Beirut Arab University-Lebanon.
Before joining ICFJ, I worked at the British Council to deliver the Strengthening Resilience MENA project and I was awarded the lockdown hero title for my work during the pandemic. In 2017 and 2018, I led Storylab Academy Morocco for Google News Lab, the World Bank, and Code for Africa. Before that I served as field coordinator for Fanack Academy, an open access platform for academic research in relation to the MENA region. In 2017, I was selected as Peace Hack Ambassador by the Swedish Institute and in 2018, I received the Chevening Scholarship award.
I speak Arabic, French, English, Spanish, German and Russian.
Ask me about: Digital hacks, new media, international relations, finance, traveling and entrepreneurship
My pronouns: She/her
Contact me: Fkamal@icfj.org and on LinkedIn