Award Jury 2017

Martin Rowson
Ali Mandalawi
Louise Larsen



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 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.


Lena Merhej

Lena Merhej is a Lebanese comic artist, visual storyteller and an expert in graphic narration. Currently, she teaches at Lebanese International University. She is the founder and director of the Story Center which offers professional trainings in animation, illustration and comic books. She is a co-founder, and an active editor and collaborator in Samandal, a comics organization in Lebanon. Lena Merhej has exhibited her work both locally and internationally. She received the FIBDA award for Best Arabic Comics deal with occupation, war and conflict.

Rym Mokhtary