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  • Wojouh: Leila Kamareddine

    One of the greatest assets of Greater Tripoli is its very own people. Whether in Tripoli or abroad, Greater Tripolitans have continued to excel and innovate. As a result, Tripolicy has decided to launch a series called Project Wojouh to shed light on some notable figures and rising stars. Yasser El Masri: Thank you Leila for lending us your time and expertise and for being here today. Leila Kamareddine: Thank you for the opportunity and the feature! Yasser El Masri: We are honored to have you. To start first, tell us a bit about yourself, your background, your education. I think everyone is interested in knowing about that. Leila Kamareddine: Thank you, Yasser! I grew up in Tripoli, Lebanon, and I got my Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the American University of Beirut as part of their coordinated program. Following that, I pursued my Master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and specialized in community health sciences and disaster management. After graduation, I worked at UCLA on research projects spanning childhood obesity and maternal health. After my experience at UCLA, I moved to Boston and I worked as a visiting scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (HSPH). We were collaborating with the Ministry of Health in Ethiopia on a revision of their essential healthcare package. Following this role, I was appointed as a program coordinator for the National Studies on Air Pollution and Health group in the Department of Biostatistics at HSPH. In short, we study the association between air pollution in the United States and health outcomes ranging from hospitalizations to mortality. Our research helps inform new policies that aim to decrease air pollution and improve environmental justice. Yasser El Masri: That's quite the CV Layla. I have to say I mean, as a fellow to Tripolitan someone that started in the same school as you, I am very proud to call you a colleague. I would like to ask about what got you into public health initially? Sometimes a lot of people indicate that there is something that drives them towards that route versus another one. So, what do you think got you into it? Leila Kamareddine: Growing up, I was always interested in health, and when I was doing my Bachelor's in Nutrition and Dietetics, I got a glimpse of what public health was. In simple terms, public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of the communities as well as promoting and preventing disease. I was intrigued by the power of scientific evidence that drives public health policies and interventions to greatly improve the health of a community as a whole. I was passionate about exploring it and becoming a public health professional with the required expertise to make a positive change. When you dive deep into it, you learn that there are multiple factors that determine an individual’s health status beyond their behavior and genetics. These factors are called the social determinants of health, and they are key to decision-making in public health policy and interventions. Yasser El Masri: Such as what access to food there is and the different types of it? Leila Kamareddine: Exactly. Social determinants of health include the built environment that one lives in, their access to foods that support healthy eating, the neighborhood crime and violence rates, and the housing situation. Economic stability as well, think employment, or the lack thereof, food insecurity, poverty. Access to healthcare, and health literacy. A person’s education level. Also in a social and community context, social discrimination, and social cohesion. Yasser El Masri: How did your experience working with the Ethiopian Government inform your approach to dealing with food security and malnutrition and how does it translate to lessons in Lebanon and Tripoli? Leila Kamareddine: The work that we did with the ministry of health in Ethiopia focused on an essential package for medical interventions specifically. However, there are many lessons that can be drawn from this work to inform the approach that should be applied in dealing with public health problems in Lebanon. In terms of prioritizing the interventions in Lebanon, three different dimensions should be considered: health benefits, financial protection, and equity. For example, the framework developed in the case of Ethiopia did not solely prioritize interventions based on the offered health benefits. In addition, it considered interventions with benefits that are equitable across different income groups, and that protect the vulnerable groups from having to pay catastrophic expenditures for healthcare that push them under the poverty line. Yasser El Masri: How do you think the healthcare sector in Tripoli is doing? Leila Kamareddine: To evaluate a health system, different features should be evaluated. Health service availability, health service coverage, workforce size, workforce skills, medical supply chains, governmental subsidies of health services, usage, health system capacity, and others. If we examine the current situation in Lebanon during COVID-19, it is clear that the health system capacity has reached its maximum (no vacancies in hospitals), the healthcare workforce size and skills are drastically decreasing because of immigration. The supply chain for medical equipment has been severely impacted as well because of the economic crisis and the recent unfortunate events at the Beirut port. Black markets are surfacing out to sell ventilators and oxygen tanks. Supply chains for vaccines have been impacted, and vaccines are not properly subsidized, people have to pay out-of-pocket. Yasser El Masri: How would you thus assess the official government response to both COVID-19 and the subsequent socio-economic implications that followed? Leila Kamareddine: In addition to my previous comments that highlight how the government came short in maintaining the health system in COVID-19, there is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there that is misleading people and preventing them from protecting themselves and others. I did not see any targeted interventions by the ministry to address these concerns, nor campaigns or ads with COVID-19 specific public health messaging. The impact of misinformation and conspiracy theories has been significant on COVID-19 and what amplified it is that it was picked up by some political figures and influencers in Lebanon and around the world, which made it mainstream across social media. So, what the ministry of health should do is that it should come up with a consensus of what is true and inform the people from their official capacity. There is however an issue with mistrust which they need to deal with but if they do their work right and they are clear and consistent in their public health messaging it can get through to people. Yasser El Masri: With all this contradicting information flying around and conspiracy theories making rounds how would the average individual be able to distinguish the truth from false claims? Leila Kamareddine: That's a good question. It can get confusing with all the conflicting information that is being shared, especially on social media. People do not know what to believe or who to trust, and often end up believing and sharing false information. Basically, as a rule of thumb messages shared on social media are not to be trusted! Health claims need to be evidence-based and they need to be coming from a trusted source. Some sources of information that you can trust and share are those coming directly from, for example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) which translate the most recent evidence and science into public health messages targeted to the general public, national health departments, established experts and peer-reviewed research, and your direct primary care provider, if possible. In summary, people should check the sources of the information they are receiving, and confirm that it is a trusted source, if you’re not sure it’s a trusted source, assume it is false information and do not share it. Yasser El Masri: Are there any last words you would like to share with our readers? Leila Kamareddine: Thank you so much. Lebanon has been in a state of public health emergency for a while now, but unfortunately, it is not being addressed. I hope people living abroad, Lebanese expatriates, and friends of Lebanese people and Lebanon continue to offer support to Lebanon as much as possible. I would also like to share a helpful resource for people to refer to when putting together food parcels. Yasser El Masri: Thank you so much for your time Leila it has been wonderful talking to you. Leila Kamareddine: The pleasure is all mine! About the Author: Yasser is an architect from Tripoli that is currently completing his Ph.D. in Architecture at Georgia Tech in Atlanta USA. He was a Fulbright Scholar and Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford Finalist. He is the Founder of Tripolicy.

  • Wojouh: Diana H. Kobayter

    One of the greatest assets of Greater Tripoli is its very own people. Whether in Tripoli or abroad, Greater Tripolitans have continued to excel and innovate. As a result, Tripolicy has decided to launch a series called Project Wojouh to shed light on some notable figures and rising stars. Diana Kobayter is a young entrepreneur who recently founded Zouyouti, Oils & Beyond, a brand which has emerged by upscaling a renowned family business, Al Wazir Olive Oil, specialized in the production of olive oil since the early 1950’s. Diana hasn't let that family tradition fall by the wayside as she has tapped into that history to create new product lines with a unique Mediterranean blend. Zouyouti offers its customers a range of healthy, authentic, and natural products, sensational textures, and heavenly fragrances prepared with lots of passion. Zouyouti goes on to further add a touch of handmade, a unique blend of natural ingredients, and a bundle of creativity to the overall experience. In addition to her business achievements, Diana has worked for multiple relief and development organizations with many years of experience in the design, implementation and management of aid and development programs. Tripolicy's Raafat Yamak met with Diana Kobayter to discuss her latest achievements and projects, and the vision that she sees for other business entrepreneurs looking to make inroads into the Lebanese and international markets. Raafat Yamak: Diana, thank you so much for being with Tripolicy today. I'm aware that your schedule is extremely busy, so we truly appreciate your time being here. Diana Kobayter: The pleasure is mine! Thank you actually for the feature! RY: I want to start off by asking you about your upbringing. Were you born and raised in Tripoli? DK: I was born and raised in Qalamoun (North Lebanon), and attended school in Tripoli (El Koura) at the Lycee Franco-Libanais, prior to moving to Beirut to start college at the American University of Beirut where I completed my BA in Political Sciences, specializing in International Affairs. After my BA I moved to the United Kingdom where I acquired an MA in Human Resources from the University of Leeds. RY: Very cool. I think you're our first Qalamouni personality to be interviewed by Tripolicy as part of the Wojouh Series! So, after you graduated, where did your career path take you? DK: Proud Qalamounian and Northern Lebanese! My professional journey started right after having completed my MA in the UK. I moved to Barcelona, Spain to work at the Barcelona Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation as a Project Officer formulating and developing project concepts to acquire funds from various international donors. RY: That must have been a huge challenge to take on. I'm curious as to why you decided to settle in Spain. Do you have any ties there? DK: Yes, as a matter of fact! We have ties to Spain since my childhood! Back in the 1950’s my late grandfather, Mohamad Kobayter, launched the first company in Lebanon to introduce branded olive oil in the market: "Al-Wazir Olive Oil". A few years after he found an opportunity for expansion in the export of olive oil around the world, the company KOBAYTER SAL was founded in Malaga, Spain and we have been exporting its products internationally. Moreover, my father is – since the early 90’s - the Honorary Consul of Spain in North Lebanon. I am also fluent in Spanish and I consider Spain as my second home. This country has given us a lot! RY: Wow, with Spain playing such a huge role in your post-graduate life, how did Lebanon tie back in with respect to your aid work? DK: So, I moved back to Lebanon to work at the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Beirut, where I managed to secure 4 million euros of funds for a waste management project proposal that I had drafted and which was selected for execution by one of European’s Commissions funding programs for the Mediterranean region. The project was a regional project implemented across 6 countries, including Lebanon, in the Mediterranean area. I have dedicated most of my career to projects and program management, where I have acquired project formulation skills and implementation skills. I was able to gain an extensive experience in the Euro-Mediterranean region working where I have identified and developed strategic partnerships on the local & regional levels, tailored solutions to particular challenges facing public-private partnerships, and managed and implemented various development projects. RY: That's incredible. It's great to hear about initiatives happening in Lebanon. I'm aware that you have also done work specifically in Tripoli. How did you manage to steer your focus towards your hometown? DK: It's interesting you ask that. For the past few years I have been working with Mercy-USA for Aid & Development - an NGO with HQ in the United States - dedicated to alleviating human suffering and supporting refugees and local communities in their efforts to become more self-sufficient. The bulk of our work is in Tripoli and North Lebanon as Tripoli has taken in a massive influx of Syrian refugees on top of the existing Palestinian refugees. This makes Tripoli an important center deserving of support and economic aid to meet the massive challenges facing the region. Many of our projects are funded by international donors, namely United Nations Agencies. I am also currently a Senior Regional Expert in a project financed by the European Commission, and managed by DG REGIO – Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, acting as Contracting Authority, dedicated to providing technical support to the Implementation and Management of 15 European Neighborhood Instrument Cross Border Cooperation (ENI CBC) CBC programs. RY: I'm sure your background also played a crucial role in understanding the area and potentially providing better programs. Moving away from your humanitarian work, what motivated you to start a business while you were working with Mercy USA? DK: Actually, I wouldn't say we're moving away from humanitarian work just yet! Zouyouti’s business model focuses on engaging & employing vulnerable and underprivileged women to empower them and contribute to improving their livelihoods and living conditions. Decorative work, packaging, and wrapping are made by women directly from their households before being dispatched to clients. I genuinely believe that every company should strive to have a social impact especially considering the current crisis Lebanon is going through where more and more people are in need of jobs to secure their basic needs. RY: It must be an amazing feeling to contribute something back to your hometown in the way you are doing. This is the kind of ethical business that I, and many others, in my opinion, can be on board with! Would you mind telling us a little more about Zouyouti products? DK: Sure! Initially, I started Zouyouti to try to innovate and upscale the family business. I felt that our generation was not familiar with the Al Wazir brand so I wanted to create something new with a more youthful touch. My first product was a soap bag with the word “سعادة” (which means happiness) printed on it. I showed it to friends and they loved the smell and the idea. They started placing orders requesting specific designs and/or names on the bags. And this is how it all started! From a customized soap bag to expanding the line of products to skin care products (soaps, rose water, body oil), to edible products (olive oil, rose water, flower water, olives), and gift items (baby favors, wedding favors, corporate gifts, etc.). The brand caters to people’s tastes and events! RY: That's really fantastic. I'm sure there are more options available on your Instagram page as well. Do you do international deliveries? DK: Yes, we do! We have been delivering to many people around the world via DHL. Our website is currently under construction. I expect it to be up and running by the end of the month! RY: That's great! I'm really looking forward to seeing that. I wanted to ask you one final question about suggestions or advice you'd give to up and coming business entrepreneurs in Lebanon, especially in Tripoli. Any tips? DK: Honestly, with respect to Lebanon, it’s difficult to encourage someone to start a business here right now with ailing Lebanese economy. Moreover, at the moment, the local purchasing power has decreased to a drastic level due to the hyperinflation. But I would definitely encourage anyone with a current business to adjust their business to survival mode. Small and medium businesses are at the heart of communities and of the economic health of any country, thus try to survive in order to recover and rebound stronger! Last but not least, with the COVID-19 pandemic still controlling most aspects of our lives, maintaining a business requires patience, wisdom, and an innovative attitude to go beyond the extraordinary hurdles the local community, and particularly Tripoli, is facing. Another piece of advice I would give is the need to go digital and have an online presence. Purchasing trends have tremendously changed; you no longer need to have a physical store to be able to sell! Most businesses have gone digital lately. An online presence not only cuts some overhead costs, but it has the ability to let you reach a wider consumer network all over the world. RY: Agreed. Those are all great points. I promise this is the last question. How feasible is it for Tripolitan business owners overseas to open up branches in Tripoli? DK: I think it's very feasible and Al Wazir is one example of this. We continue to employ local talent, while utilizing the relatively cheaper costs associated with Lebanese labor. Not only is it a way to make profits, but it is also a way to reduce the rampant unemployment in the area. It is something that I hope more overseas Tripolitan business owners will start considering. RY: This was a great way to end this interview. Thank you so much for your time, and just to let you know, I only buy Al Wazir olive oil. DK: Thank you and I'm glad to see Tripolicy doing great things, and I'm definitely happy to hear that you are an Al Wazir fan! Thanks again, Raafat! RY: Thank you. About the Author: R. Mahmoud Yamak is a petroleum engineer currently residing in Dallas, TX. He is a commentator on Arab and Middle Eastern affairs who has previously written for the Daily Sabah, The New Arab, Muftah Magazine, among others.

  • Wojouh: Anthony Rahayel

    One of the greatest assets of Greater Tripoli is its very own people. Whether in Tripoli or abroad, Greater Tripolitans have continued to excel and innovate. As a result, Tripolicy has decided to launch a series called Project Wojouh to shed light on some notable figures and rising stars. Dubbed “Lebanon’s biggest optimist,” Anthony Rahayel does not fail to live up his reputation. Born in 1983 in Beirut, Rahayel grew up spending his summers in Faytroun, Lebanon. Although he acknowledges he did not grow up in a small village, he expresses his attachment to the small village way of life that is reminiscent of the nostalgia so many Lebanese feel, whether living within its borders or abroad. And it is in this optimistic nostalgia, combined with a realistic hope for the future, that Rahayel has sparked hard-earned joy in the hearts of Lebanese throughout the world. As an initiative-taker from when he was a child, Rahayel credits the majority of his growth into the person he is today to his experiences as a scout. Throughout his time as a scout, he travelled throughout Lebanon, developed a respect for all people, learned how to cook, and slept outdoors surrounded by Lebanese nature. Although he’s travelled to forty-two countries—as documented on both his well-renowned Instagram page, No Garlic No Onions, as well as on his YouTube channel—his love for Lebanon is tangible, an extension, he says, of his sense of loyalty to the country: “It’s important to travel to know the value of what you have. You have to appreciate what you have in order to live happily.” Lebanon is the only country, states Rahayel, that has everything: beaches and mountains, greenery and snow, a love of life and an emphasis on good food, and above all else, family gatherings every Sunday. “For this reason, I always tell people that you can’t curse your country. It didn’t do anything to you. You elected someone you may not like today, but the country itself is the most beautiful country on Earth.” Composed of 2,200 villages, Lebanon itself has been extensively explored by Rahayel, who looks back on Lebanon’s history and expresses an appreciation for all that has contributed to the shaping of Lebanon as we know it today, from the time of the Phoenicians to the Ottomans and the French mandate, and everything that fell in between. Offering more than 50 ways to eat kibbeh and 30 ways to eat tabbouleh, Lebanon has continued to shift and morph throughout the years, serving as a cultural bridge between places and across times. However, according to Rahayel, it is not modern-day Beirut, but instead cities like Tripoli that remind us Lebanese of our roots. “[Tripoli] reminds us to be humble, to return to the Lebanon that used to be—a message I’ve been sharing for years: back to our roots, back to the village, back to originality. Lebanon is not New York. Lebanon is not Paris. Lebanon is not the modernism that people see: Lebanon is our roots. Modernity is nice, but we cannot forget where we are from, and Tripoli reminds us of this. It reminds us of who we are.” In addition to reminding us of our roots, Tripoli does not fall short of a foodie’s expectations. According to Rahayel, Tripolitans make the best baklawa and ashta in the world, in addition to halawet shmayseh, a Lebanese sweet that no one else even makes. From halawet el riz, to a Tripolitan kaake, to its own special take on sfeeha, the city offers a variety of food that’s enjoyed by everyone from all backgrounds. Even in a country most reputed for the food it offers, Tripoli is able to make a unique name for itself. Amidst all of the difficulties that Tripolitans face today, how can Tripoli push forward? According to Rahayel, it comes down to two major initiatives. The first is to break the cycle of electing the same officials to represent the interests of the city. The second is look at Tripoli as an investment city, promoting more tourism to travel north, and eliminating the images of Tripoli as a dangerous city. “Its citizens are good,” states Rahayel, “and they deserve someone to stand by them.” Toward this end, for the Tripolitan diaspora, he encourages more collaboration with citizens and entrepreneurs within the city, supporting small businesses by providing an outlet for their products abroad, a particularly worthy route given the global interest in handmade and artisanal products. Noting that he follows his instincts in everything he does, Rahayel’s affection—and hope—for Tripoli does not waver: “Tripoli has something. It has people, it has beauty, it has colors. Some might look at a wall and see cables, but I see colors. Some might see traffic in the old souks, but I see life. In the open market, some might see chaos, but I see it as very inspiring. I like the people there: I like their smiles, despite their poverty, despite their hardships. I like Tripoli’s heartbeat: it has people who do not want to give up.” About the Author: Maria Yamak holds a Doctorate in Gifted Education. She has years of experience teaching Mathematics and English in private and public schools in the United States and Lebanon.

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    إنشر أفكارك في تريبوليسي! يمكن لأي شخص النشر في تريبوليسي حتى أنت! فقط إملئ\ي الإستمارة وسنتواصل معك قريباً. الإسم Email أخبرنا عنك عنوان المقال المقترح ملخص عن فكرة المقال إرسال شكراً على مشاركتكم. سنتواصل معكم في أسرع وقت.

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