Triangle Team

Triangle aims to enrich our client’s understanding by tapping into the interests and expertise of our people and allowing them to enrich their own lives through the work that they do. We work in a multilingual, highly collaborative environment, with staff distributed over multiple time zones and countries. We’re looking for highly motivated individuals who bring their expertise, ambitions, and innovative project ideas to complement our mission. We seek colleagues who can manage projects independently and deliver exceptional results. In return, we offer unusual autonomy and opportunities for growth. If this sounds like the team you’ve been looking for, we would love to hear from you. Triangle prides itself on openness to ideas, approaches and modes of operation of its people.


Sami Halabi

Sami Halabi is a public policy and media specialist with extensive economic and social research training and experience. Sami’s research portfolio includes work with organisations such as Save the Children, The International Labour Organisation, The World Food Programme, UNICEF, The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, Integrity Research and Consulting, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and others. In addition, Sami has published several scholarly works and has a long track-record of research and advocacy through his work as a policy journalist across West Asia. Sami holds a Bachelors in Business and Management of Information Systems from the Lebanese American University and a Masters in Public Policy from The Academy of Government at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Nizar Ghanem

Nizar Ghanem is a research specialist with more than a decade of experience in policy research and training. Nizar’s research portfolio includes leading research projects, needs assessments and baseline surveys for The World Bank, UNICEF, Search for Common Ground, World Learning, and the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies. Nizar has also authored several reports and scholarly articles on a variety of topics related to governance and development in the West Asia region. Nizar holds a Bachelors in Business and Accounting from Notre Dame University, Lebanon and a Masters in International Relations and Economics from The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, USA.

Specialists and Consultants

Karim Eid-Sabbagh (PhD)

Karim Eid-Sabbagh (PhD) is an academic researcher who specialises in development studies, political economy  and agrarian studies. Karim works as a researcher for the London School of Economics, for which he also administers the Leverhulme grant project Network for Agrarian Change in the Middle East. He was previously a fellow at the Asfari Institute at the American University of Beirut (AUB). Karim has published scholarly articles related to hydrology, urban planning and development in academic journals such as Disasters Journal, International Negotiations and Water Alternatives. Karim holds a Bachelors in Civil Engineering, a Masters in Urban Planning from AUB, and a PhD in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Olivia Dolores Gimeno

Olivia Dolores Gimeno has an extensive technical background in the development, implementation, and monitoring of Protection programming in emergency contexts. Her Protection experience spans the sub-sectors of overall Protection including Protection Monitoring; GBV; Gender; and Child Protection, as well as managing programs in Mental Health and Psychosocial Support (MHPSS) and conflict resolution/peacebuilding. This includes design of both targeted interventions for prevention and response as well as mainstreaming throughout other humanitarian sectors, including Health/Reproductive Health, WASH, NFIs, Nutrition, and Rehabilitation. She has around a decade of experience supporting displaced and conflict-affected populations, in particular in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as the wider refugee response in Turkey and Greece.  Olivia holds a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Latifa Reda (PhD)

Latifa Reda (PhD) is an academic and developmental researcher who specialises in development studies, political and international affairs, and policy studies. She is currently an instructor in political thought at the Lebanese American University and has conducted similar qualitative research projects for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the International Rescue Committee, the International Labour Organisation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Latifa has produced scholarly articles and chapters related to Islam and labour, published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Arab Law Quarterly, and Middle East Critique. Latifa holds a Bachelors in Political Science and International Affairs as well as a Masters in International Affairs from the Lebanese American University and a PhD in Politics and International Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK.

Samir Kheir

Samir Kheir is a development economist. He joined Triangle in 2016, and has been involved in several qualitative studies, particularly on social enterprises in West Asia and North Africa. His focal tasks are to conceptualise and write reports, for which he designs questionnaires and collects and analyses data. Samir has acted as a consultant for the Centre for Iraq Studies in Germany, working on various research projects into higher education and private sector development in Iraq. From 2015 to 2017 he was engaged in social programmes to accelerate the integration of refugees into German society. Samir holds a MA in Development Economics and International Studies and a BA in Middle Eastern Studies and Economics from the Friedrich-Alexander-University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany.

Courtney Phelps

Courtney Phelps is a humanitarian sector professional with extensive experience in gender, protection, GBV, livelihoods, and emergency programs in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. From 2013 until June 2016, Courtney was engaged in the Syrian refugee response as the Senior Coordinator for Integrated Protection and the Women’s Protection and Empowerment Coordinator at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Turkey covering northern Syria. During that time, she established the agency’s integrated strategy encompassing child protection, GBV, women’s protection, and protection rule of law programming. Before working on the Syrian refugee crisis, Courtney acted as the Head of Programmes for Catholic Relief Services in Lesotho, where she designed and managed research initiatives to explore prevalence and prevention of GBV in programme areas in the country. Courtney also has experience working on gender and GBV-related programming Afghanistan, Zambia, and Cape Verde. Courtney holds a Masters in Intercultural Youth and Family Development from University of Montana in the United States.

Rida el-Chab

Rida El-Chab specialises in monitoring and evaluation techniques, quantitative modelling and qualitative methods. Prior to moving to Lebanon, Rida worked as a management/development consultant in South East Asia out of Vientiane, Lao PDR. His projects included work for organisations such as the World Bank, UNDP, Save the Children, Oxfam, the DRC, GIZ and Mercy Corps. At Triangle, Rida has acted as worked a global evaluation of sexual violence at ICRC, a nation-wide Syrian refugee protection monitoring report in Lebanon for DRC, an evaluation of education, healthcare and cash assistance programming at UNRWA in Syria, a resilience evaluation for the Aga Khan Development Network in Syria, as well as a Syria Country Programme Evaluation and a Labour Market Assessment of Lebanon’s Arsal region with UNDP. Rida holds a Bachelors in Economics and Management and a Masters in Quantitative Finance and Economics from the University of Lyon.

Siad Darwish (PhD)

Dr. Siad Darwish is an anthropologist, development professional, conflict management consultant, and trainer. He holds a PhD from Rutgers University and an MA in the Anthropology of Development from the University of Sussex.  His research reflects a commitment to the study and alleviation of social inequality and his specialization lies in urban and environmental governance, infrastructure, democratization, migration, violent conflict, and gender. He is an ethnographer, but his research is also distinguished by a mixed-methods approach, and comparative and historically deep analysis. He is also a trainer in gender and conflict, Reflecting on Peace Practice (RPP), interreligious and intercultural dialogue. As an activist he has worked on indigenous people’s land rights in Guatemala and LGBT rights in North Africa. He has aided in negotiations between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the government of the Philippines and has advocated on behalf of thousands of civil society organizations towards the OECD. Currently, he is a researcher at Deakin University in Australia where he investigates the conflicts in Iraq and Syria.

Typhanie Cochrane

Typhanie Cochrane is Triangle’s Creative Director. Typhanie has over a decade of experience as a graphic designer, having worked with some of the world’s leading brands in Montreal, Canada, Paris, France, and Beirut. She has a wide ranging design portfolio, including magazine layout, reports, books, packaging design, rebranding, and new media such as apps and websites. Born in France, Typhanie is fluent in French and English.

David Wood

David Wood is a qualitative analyst with a background in legal, academic, and media research. David worked as a commercial lawyer in Melbourne, Australia, before completing a Master’s in Middle Eastern Studies. He then worked as a freelance journalist, writing for outlets including The Guardian and Foreign Policy, before joining Triangle in June 2019. David’s research portfolio includes multiple peer-reviewed articles published in law journals, a working paper on Arab region economic reforms for UN-ESCWA, and various monitoring and evaluation reports for Triangle. David holds a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, a Bachelor’s of Law from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Gina Barghouti

Gina Barghouti is a researcher presently working for Triangle: Policy, Research and Media. In the past year, Gina has provided assistance to Triangle specialists and consultants on various policy, research, monitoring and evaluation, and media projects. Additionally, she has held the responsibility of administrative duties and managing Triangles social media accounts. She has worked on projects throughout the region for several international organisations including the International Labour Organisation, GVC, UN Women, UNHCR, and AMIDEAST. Locations of these projects include Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, and Tunisia. Her assistance includes proposal writing, literature reviews, development of qualitative and quantitative tools for focus group discussions, key informant interviews, and surveys, data analysis, and preliminary and final report writing.  Within her year at Triangle, she has supported several publications, and co-authored a policy brief on electronic money transfers in Lebanon. Her research and advocacy interests includes the Palestinian cause, refugee rights and protection, addressing sexual and gender based violence, and women’s legal protection and economic and social empowerment in the Middle East and North Africa.  Gina holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon and spent a year studying International Relations and Conflict Resolution at Portland State University in the United States.

Jacob Boswall

Jacob Boswall is a journalist, videographer, and researcher with extensive knowledge and experience in the Middle East. Jacob’s portfolio includes work with organizations and newspapers such as The Daily Star, BBC Arabic, Annahar, Search for Common Ground, Gulf News TV, Executive Magazine, and the Heinrich Boel Stiftung. In addition, Jacob helped translate the first published English translation of Chandra Kiran Sonrexa’s short stories for Penguin India and produced a report on Lebanon’s solid waste management titled “Lebanon: the state of waste”. Jacob was nominated for BBC’s Best Young Journalist of the Year for his first documentary film Then They said: Refugee, alongside being awarded various academic and film awards including St Catherine’s East Asian Scholar Prize, OUFF One Minute Film Competition, OxCycle Short Film Competition. Jacob has also produced videos for AUB’s Nature Conservation Centre, Al-Monitor, HOME Magazine, and several other NGOs in Beirut. Jacob holds a bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Islamic Studies from Oxford University, UK.

Ola Abdulla

Ola Abdulla is a Research Associate with a background in Public Policy and Governance. Ola is a published writer and translator, who has written on topics including labour market policies in GCC countries, banking secrecy in Lebanon, and translated the work of Rabih Alameddine. In 2019, Ola won the Tomorrow’s Leaders Academic Excellence Award for her scholarly pursuits at the American University of Beirut where she received her Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration alongside a minor in International Law. Ola has also worked as a Learning Consultant for Beyond Reform and Development, and interned at multiple think tanks and humanitarian organisations such as the Issam Fares Institute, Mercy Corps, and Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies.

Aida Charif

Aida Charif is Triangle’s administrator. Born and raised in Lebanon, Aida is a qualified teacher but moved into office management over a decade ago. Aida was the office manager for eight years at Arab Communications Consult, a Spanish-Lebanese company specialising in country investment reports with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council.  

Peter Speetjens

Peter Speetjens is a Dutch journalist and analyst who has covered business and politics in Lebanon and the region for over 20 years. He was a correspondent for Dutch dailies Trouw and De Standaard, and has published in a wide range of other Dutch and English language media, including NRC, Financieel Dagblad, Vrij Nederland, De Correspondent, The Daily Star, Executive Magazine, Middle East Eye and SalaamGateway. He also works as a consultant in risk analysis and market research. He holds a BA in Economics and an MA in Law from Rotterdam Erasmus University, speaks five languages and has extensive editing experience in both Dutch and English.

Steven Phillips

Steven Phillips focuses on greenhouse gas accounting and disclosure best practices, carbon policy and impact assessments, low-carbon energy investment analysis, and carbon risk management. His work consists of assessing and benchmarking corporate performance on climate change for the oil and gas industry including low-carbon energy technologies, carbon capture and storage, carbon regulations and policy incentives. Steven has worked at IHS Markit and the United States International Trade Commission, and the international trade practice of Akin Gump LLP. Steven holds a Masters in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Alan Gignoux

Alan Gignoux has been working as a professional documentary photographer since 2000 and prior to that as a documentary researcher and journalist. Alan’s projects focus on the socio-political and environmental aspects of controversial issues around the world. Working with organizations such as CARE, Oxfam and the British Council, his projects have all achieved international success. Alan’s best known body of work, Homeland Lost, is a series of photo essays looking at long-term refugee situations throughout the world. It was exhibited in West Asia and Europe, including the Barbican, London and the Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam as part of the group exhibition “Palestine 1948: Remembering a Past Homeland”. Alan’s work has been published in The New York Times, CNN Traveller, The Independent, Revolve Magazine, Creative Boom, Foto8, The Telegraph, Near East Quarterly and World Photography News, among others (

Emily Parker

Emily Parker is a humanitarian practitioner as well as a research and evaluation expert. With strong quantitative and qualitative research training and expertise, Emily brings extensive field experience conducting monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and research in West Asia and North Africa (WANA), as well as in Eastern Africa. Emily has strong experience working on the Syria response while serving as an M&E Lead on community engagement and protection projects from Gaziantep, Turkey as well as Amman, Jordan. Emily also has experience working with a wide variety of donors (including the governments of the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Denmark, and the Netherlands) as well as organizations such as Adam Smith International, Crisis Action, the United States Institute for Peace, Oxfam and the National Democratic Institute. Emily holds a Masters of Arts in Arab Studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service (Distinction) as well as a Bachelors in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Tufts University (summa cum laude).