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The Fanack Editorial Team

Editorial Board


Dr Antonie Dake

editor-in-chief & publisher

Dr Antonie Dake is a veteran foreign correspondent and long-time observer of events in the MENA region. He founded Fanack in 2010 with the aim of providing readers with reliable, balanced information about the history, politics and economy of the region.


Carolien Roelants

deputy editor-in-chief, the Chronicle

Carolien Roelants was the Middle East editor for the Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad for 35 years and continues to write a weekly column on Middle East issues for the paper. She is the author of books on Iran, Iraq and the Arab Spring and co-author of a book on Saudi Arabia with Middle East expert Paul Aarts.


Taghreed ElKhodary

senior editor, the Chronicle

Before moving to The Netherlands, journalist Taghreed ElKhodary was the New York Times correspondent in Gaza from 2001 to 2009, an analyst for the International Crisis Group and a TV reporter for Al-Hayat-LBC. She covered the second Intifada, Israel‘s unilateral withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian civil war in 2007 and the war on Gaza in 2008-2009.

Fanack Chronicle


Veronica Ronda


Veronica is an Italian Master of Middle Eastern Studies (Leiden University), holding a Bachelor of Oriental Studies from La Sapienza University in Rome. At Fanack she focuses on Arabic language, culture and history in her articles.

Fanack Water


Dr. Gül Özerol

Senior Editor, Fanack Water

Dr. Gül is a researcher, editor and author with a PhD in Innovation and Governance for Sustainable Development. She has lived and worked in Turkey, Germany, and the Netherlands, and has been researching water issues in the Middle East and North Africa for more than 10 years.

Fanack Academy


Beatrice Maneshi

Fanack Academy Director and Field Operations Coordinator

Beatrice is an Iranian-American MENA security and political risk specialist. She holds a Masters of Arts from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in International Development and the Middle East Studies from the University of San Francisco. She has worked and conducted research in Iran, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon for the past five years. She has a focus on sanctions and money laundering, weapons control and WMD issues, anti-terrorism and security issues.

Fanack Voices

Annet Breure Project Manager Fanack Voices

Annet Breure

Project Manager Fanack Voices

Annet is a MENA specialist and researcher. She holds a Master of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from the University of Amsterdam. She specialised thematically in minority issues, and geographically her focus lies on Morocco and Iraq. Within Fanack she works as manager of the opinion-research programme Fanack Voices. Aside from Fanack she also works as Project Officer for the Dutch Council for Refugees.

Fanack Office Staff


Iwanka Kliment

Office Manager

Iwanka has worked at different jobs as an Office Manager while simultaneously going to Art School to become a Graphic Designer. In 2010 she finished a study in Communications and since she has worked as a Communications Advisor for various Dutch government projects. As of 2014 Iwanka has worked for different companies as a freelance Communications Officer and Graphic Designer.

Fanack Academy Field Coordinators

Roy Hayek Field Operational Coordinator: Lebanon

Roy Hayek

Field Operational Coordinator: Lebanon

Roy is a Lebanese ethnolinguistic specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics from PFUR in Moscow and is currently finishing a second BA in International Relations at USEK, Lebanon. Roy speaks Arabic, French, English, Russian, Spanish and Italian. He conducted research in Russia and Lebanon and is currently writing a book titled “The Power Predominance Race of the Middle-East: the Shia-Sunni Conflict and the Fallout on Lebanon”.

فدوى كمال منسقة العمليات الميدانية، المغرب

Fadwa Kamal

Field Operational Coordinator: Morocco

Fadwa is a passionate Moroccan youth activist. She holds a master’s degree in Auditing and Management Control from the National School of Business and Management and an Honorary Doctorate in volunteerism. She also studied Media and Information Literacy and International Human Rights Law. She is currently completing her predoctoral research on political economy. Away from academia she has co-organized and trained individuals during many international youth empowerment events.


Mohamad Ezz

Field Operational Coordinator: Egypt

Ezz studied Sociology at the University of Alexandria in Egypt. Currently he is residing in Cairo, where he has been working on the development of public spaces within the city. Previously he has worked with several NGO’s and independent projects in the fields of culture and journalism, with the aim of tackling socio-economic topics.