MC’s

Melanie Pitkin is an Arts & Design Curator at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. She holds an Honours Degree in Ancient History, a Masters Degree in Museum Studies and she is currently studying for her PhD in Egyptology at Macquarie University. Melanie is currently co-developing an exhibition on contemporary Islamic Women’s Dress in Australia, she is a content coordinator for D’Hub (an online design resource) and she is well-published in the areas of museum collections, design and Egyptology. Melanie is also a tour leader to Egypt, a casual lecturer in Egyptian History and Museology and a student of Arabic. Melanie is passionate about Arab and Lebanese arts, heritage and culture both past and present.

 

Ursula Melhem successfully completed her HSC last year and is currently studying Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media at Macquarie University. Ursula has attended an international drama academy receiving recognition and an award based on her achievement within this acting school. She has participated in musicals, photographic and television commercials and has had work experience at Nation Wide News. She was an active student during her time at school receiving multiple awards for her contribution to the school and her outstanding academic achievement. She is also an active member in the community in which she lives in.

 

Patrick Semaan is currently working towards completing his HSC at Saint Charbels College. Passionate about social sciences and culture studies, Patrick contributes to the school community through the Catechist program, as well as achieving the ‘The Mary Arraj Community Service Award’ for his commitment and dedication to serving the community. Patrick is a keen Public Speaker and has competed in a Mock trial competition. His hobbies include literature, speaking, sports, drama and the discussion of social topics. He has consistently placed himself in first place in Arabic studies throughout his attendance of Saint Charbels K-10 compulsory Arabic curriculum. Patrick is passionate about his cultural heritage and is a key construction of identity within the Australia context where he was born and raised. Patrick is dedicated to parish initiatives such as Fersan (Legion of Mary) , ISeek, Guardians and the representation of the Lebanese community at World Youth Day 2008 as well as taking part of a radio discussion hosted by the voice of charity.

 

Nadine El Saidy holds a Certificate III in Communication Skills (Sydney), Certificate in Computer Applications, Diploma of Media and Communication (Sydney) and Diploma of Government (Sydney). Nadine has worked in many radio stations including Sawt Alfarah, 2ME, Radio Station 1638 AM, 2000 FM, RMS and MEA Radio Station 86.6 FM. Nadine has also worked in UBI World TV, Rotana TV, Peace TV, Lebanon and Voice of the Arabic Community Newspaper. She is currently a Programming Manager at Radio Station 100.9 FM. Nadine is passionate about media, journalism and new challenges.

 

Eman El-Shafei grew up in Sydney where she studied and practiced law. Since then, she has built her professional portfolio working alongside Australian Defence Force legal officers and diplomats. Influenced by images of the Sudan Famine and Vietnam War at an early age, Elshafei dedicated herself to addressing and creating awareness of the effects of conflict and humanitarian disaster. She is currently working on visual essays in Syria, Lebanon and Turkey, capturing ground images and interviews with those affected by the Syrian crisis. Her goal is to have these and her future work appear in annual public exhibitions while the events are still occurring. Elshafei’s “Syria” will be exhibited at Verge Gallery at the University of Sydney from 23 January – 7 February 2014.