Mu’taz Sawwaf is an AUB trustee since 2014, executive board member of the Saudi Binladin Group and the managing director for the Architecture and Building Construction Division (ABCD). He is a comics connoisseur and an accomplished illustrator as well as an avid collector of comics. Mr. Sawwaf is a graduate of AUB ’74.
Lina Ghaibeh is the director of the Mu’taz and Rada Sawwaf Arabic Comics Initiative and associate professor at the Department of Architecture and Design at AUB. She developed the animation and digital media courses and curricula, and continues to teach in those areas and in comics. Her research focus is on Comics in the Arab World.
Renowned Lebanese cartoonist and illustrator, Habib Haddad participated in several diverse exhibitions, both national and international, and has published two collections of his cartoon work. For the past 3 decades, Haddad has been drawing caricatures and cartoons and is currently the editorial cartoonist for the Lebanese newspaper Al-Hayat.
George Khoury is a renowned Lebanese editorial cartoonist and comics artist. Mr. Khoury has published several comics albums and editorial cartoon series in daily newspapers since the 1980s, and has authored several articles and reviews on comics. He is head of the Animation Department at Future Television since its launch in 1993, and teaches at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.
JIHAD EL KHAZEN
Jihad el Khazen is a prominent writer and journalist and the founding Editor-in-chief of the newspaper Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. He is now a columnist and editor emeritus for the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat where he writes a biweekly column called Ayoon wa Azan. Mr. El Khazen works and lives in London.
Leila Musfy is the chairperson and full time professor at the Department of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, at the American University of Beirut. Professor Musfy has initiated several graphic design programs and curriculums, and has been teaching and practicing design since 1981. As a designer and typographer, her interest is in universal language, culture, and heritage.
A Jordanian cartoonist well known as Abu Mahjoob ,He is one of the most famous cartoonists in the Arab world and has extensive experience in many Arabic and international newspapers and websites. He has published many books , most notably his cartoon collection book Al-Mahjoob in two parts, Emad received many awards, he is considered also as one of the pioneering digital painters in the Arabic region. He has produced animated films and many satirical content prepared for social networking platforms. He heads the Society of Cartoonists in Jordan and is a member of several cartoon societies.
DANA KAHIL TROMETER
Dana is a Lebanese – French filmmaker based in the UK and co partner at Burst.Agency . She started her film career as an film editor in 1996 and moved to producing and directing in 2007.
She has worked across all genres (features, documentaries, advertising, corporate) and for some of the biggest names and brands in the business (BBC, ITV, Channel 4, PBS)
Dana is Mahmoud Kahil’s daughter and is passionate in keeping her father’s legacy alive. She has been documenting her search for Kahil’s artwork since 2003.
She goes by three words only: “everything is possible”