Team

Salam Darwaza Producer

Salam, 1001 MEDIA’s co-founder, is an original, Third Culture Kid. Raised in the Arabian Desert, she believed her HOME SWEET HOME plaque looked best in either Heathrow’s Terminal 3, a 747, or any hotel lobby with chandeliers. Entertaining Palestinian cousins and Southerners about life among American oil drillers, she became a bridge between East and West. She translated her 1001 stories into award-winning ads for Chiat/Day. At Robert Rodriguez’s Troublemaker Studios, she developed George Clooney’s Martini party before using her connections to tame his ego in Nespresso’s “What Else” ad. Today her plaque hangs in a Manhattan Beach cottage nestled between – you guessed it – a sand dune, five palms, and an oil refinery.

Mohab Khattab Producer

As the founder of Book Club for Men, aka documentary film night, Mohab is pleased to give up his theater seat to produce meaningful films. After years of advocating for corporate clients, Mohab formed 1001 MEDIA to cast light on the Arab world’s unseen humanity. As the team’s grey-hair, Mohab’s legal, financial, strategic, and entrepreneurial skills help round out the creative talents. A frustrated graphic artist, Mohab is thrilled Zach and Chris let him choose Salam Neighbor’s fonts.

Zach Ingrasci Director/Producer

Zach’s journey to become a “disruptive storyteller” began while working for a small Mexican microfinance program. Ever since, he has continued to focus on the intersection of the creative arts, business and sustainable development. Zach’s work experience includes strategy consulting at Deloitte Consulting LLP as well as working for Freedom From Hunger on the ground in Ecuador. Please never ask Zach to sing.

Chris Temple Director/Producer

Chris is an avid adventurer and big thinker. On a gap year from school, he worked for Grameen Trust to launch new microfinance organizations in New York, Mexico, Guatemala and Colombia before founding the student microfinance organization, MFI Connect. He has also worked at the advocacy and communications consulting firm, Global Health Strategies, and is now applying all his experiences to co-launch Living on One.

Ibraheem Shaheen Interpreter/Fixer

Ibraheem is a 21‐year old aspiring filmmaker with a Bachelor’s degree in Digital Film Making from Middlesex University in the U.K. He has extensive experience as a fixer and Production Manager, including work with Al‐Jazeera English, BBC, Vice & Channel Nine Australia. His hard work and passion for film led him to proudly represent Jordan in FLY2013 Film Leaders Incubator, a workshop comprised of 14 Asian countries, with Jordan as the only participating Arab representative. Ibraheem is well known for his dedication to his work, especially with regard to documentaries and films focused on human rights issues.

Sean Leonard Director of Photography

Sean owns a 30” computer monitor that he uses to edit documentaries and short films. Sean is often quoted saying that he “loves the process of filmmaking because you seem to find yourself in crazy situations without ever asking how you got there!” If one were to read Sean’s journal, it would be full of exclamations regarding the fleetingness of one’s memory; therefore attesting his desire in film’s ability to capture, document, and inspire.

Julian Wyss Program Director

After stints at both the Danish Refugee Council and the International Rescue Committee, Julian brings his passion and experience supporting refugees to the Salam Neighbor project. Next fall, Julian will be pursuing a graduate degree at the London School of Economics. Until then, the rest of the team keeps Julian, and his penchant for purposefully ruining photographs with ugly facial expressions, far from the camera.

Dima Alzayat Social Media Manager

After a few years of living in Los Angeles and working in the film industry followed by a couple more spent as a contributing writer for the Los Angeles Times, Syrian-born and American-raised Dima ran off to Scotland. There, she pursued a graduate degree in creative writing at the University of Edinburgh where her over-active imagination was finally put to good use.