Dina has over nine years of experience in the humanitarian/development field. She has written & conducted research on topics related to media, displacement and migration, often focusing on areas where the three disciplines intersect. She has over 5 years of holding full-time regional positions in the humanitarian/development industry (UNOPS, ECHO, Open Society Foundation, UNESCO, BBC Media Action). Dina has formed her understanding of the political, social and economic realities in the Middle East & North Africa and neighboring regions through engaging in personal narratives, where she believes the essence of this reality lies. Since June 2015, she has been working as a freelance research consultant and advocacy expert (FAFO, NTNU, UNICEF, Q Perspective, Caribou Digital) analyzing service provision, living conditions & needs of minority refugees in Jordan, namely of Sudanese, Somali and Yemeni origins. Dina has co-authored a guest series on the conditions of Sudanese refugees in Jordan with the Mixed Migration Platform (MMP) and is a contributor to Jadaliyya, an online magazine focused on the Middle East.
Aaron has worked in the Middle East and North Africa for over eight years. In that time, his work has taken him to Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon where his work has spanned from human rights advocacy, refugee assistance, and grassroots capacity development, as well a stint in Benghazi, Libya during the 2011 revolution helping support Libyan health infrastructure. Aaron also spent five years working in documentary film and journalism (Jaha Media, Al Jazeera America, Foreign Affairs Magazine, and Syria Direct) where he specialized in human rights, race, human resilience in times of conflict, the Arab world’s creative scenes, and personal narrative driven content that challenges stereotypes. He is the founder of Jaha Media - A collective of storytellers, filmmakers, and everyday people who want to help reshape the way the international community looks at the Arab world. Aaron has reported on the vulnerability and living experiences of African refugees in the Middle East and has frequently advised a variety of UN, humanitarian, and Jordanian civil society organizations on the conditions and living experience of African refugees in Jordan.