We are here to capture the vibrant voices of the Middle East. We want to unveil the flavors of its multiple cultures, to celebrate the spirit of its young entrepreneurs, to discover the gems of its environment and the vibes of its booming artists.
We are here to shed light on those invisible heroes crafting the Arab legends our grandchildren will someday read. Our ambitious goal is to inspire, to empower, and to connect our youth with local role models they can look up to.
We are not just idealists: we know there’s a lot of good happening in the Middle East, and we’re on a mission to shout it out to the world.
Odeh Quraan, Chief Optimist
Odeh is a serial entrepreneur, web enthusiast and geek. He loves building startups, teams and products. Odeh was a product manager and CTO at BarakaBits since the start, currently he’s the chief optimist.
Saja Mansour, Community & Social Media Hero
Saja is the community management hero at BarakaBits, she loves art, music and food.
Valentina Primo, Editorial Advisor
Journalist, globetrotter, and determined idealist. Since Valentina left her home country of Argentina, she has searched for ways to build bridges between cultures and foster dialogue. Her previous work in international organizations in Italy and Germany fed her passion for the world of development, while her 8-year journalistic experience in Argentina and Egypt increased her curiosity for everything that challenges the stereotype. She holds a BA in Journalism and a Masters in Peace Studies with a specialization in Human Rights.
You can find her on Twitter
Leila Amer, English Editor
An auditor, educator, researcher and editor. Leila, was born in the US and moved to Palestine at the age of 10. She enjoys spending her time managing BarakaBits English Writer Team, making sure everything is written to perfection. She holds a BA in Accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.
Senior Staff Writer
Israa ElKhatib, English Writer
Israa was born in Palestine but spent the first 16 years of her life in The state of Georgia. She loves creative writing and Literature. She’s not a big fan of poetry though. She curses Newton constantly for not eating the apple.