The Team

Dirk Kunze

Dirk Kunze

Head of Office

I’m the head of our small team in Beirut. I got a master degree in political studies from the Freie Universität Berlin. After my studies, I worked for multiple years in the “Bundestag” and made a broader research about the tradition of the German parliament and a comparative study concerning international parliaments. Between 2009 to 2012, I was located in Brussels to liaise with the European Union. I worked for the Parliamentary Group of the Free Democratic Party (FDP). After that I went to Cairo where I reviewed current political developments in the MENA region and corresponded with liberal initiatives in Egypt. Since 2016, I’m in Beirut and arranged the framework for our office and finally opened it in February 2017.

Freedom for me means to have opportunities without being restricted by the state or by cultural background. With freedom comes also responsibility and self-awareness. I firmly believe in this characterstic of the human nature.  

 

Tala Itani

Tala Itani

Project Manager

Freedom for me is rising up every morning knowing that there is nothing out there holding you back.

I have been working at FNF Beirut since 2013, therefore my colleagues refer to me as the “motivator”. I assure things are well orchestrated within our office and throughout the events phases. What motivates me for working with FNF is the partnership concept. The ability to enhance political performance through proper civic education, analytical thinking and constructive strategies through creative platforms. 

Lebanon is a mosaic piece. All the diversity we have is what makes us a beautiful country. All we miss is a bit of rule of law and we could be even better!

I  have been active in the Civil Society Organizations for 12 years now. I entered the field of Political Science by coincidence, but I have to, it was one good coincidence!

Poliana Geha

Poliana Geha

Project Manager

“Protest beyond the law is not a departure from democracy; it is absolutely essential to it.” ― Howard Zinn

My name is Poliana Geha and I recently joined FNF Lebanon and Syria as a Project Manager. I hold a Master’s Degree in Politics and Communications from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration and Media and Communications from the American University of Beirut (AUB). My research and career interest include notions of media reform, participatory democracy, women’s political participation, social change, identity politics and electoral behavior.

Freedom, for me, is embracing who we really are as human beings and having the courage to think, speak and act the way we see fit. Living in a city like Beirut often makes it difficult to do that, but I join FNF with a positive outlook and a belief that we, as citizens, can build that courage together.

Maysa Sabra

Maysa Sabra

Financial Administrator

Hi, I am Maysa. I'm the finance administrator at FNF since January 2017. I have a huge expertise in this field due to my eight-year work experience. I am quite communicative and enthusiastic about the work of the foundation. I graduated in Business Administration, with a major in Finance. In addition, I'm also fluent in French, English and Arabic to make sure that you can reach me in various ways.

For me, it’s better to die fighting for freedom then to live life in chains. The worst way to live is to let our leaders start taking away our freedom! It is exactly during times of crisis that we need more freedom of speech, a strong and critical press, and a citizenry that is not afraid to stand up and express their opinions.

I’m enjoying every moment with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation.

Abir Al Halaby

Abir Al Halabi

Executive Assistant

Hello. 

My name is Abir Al Halabi and I am the Executive Assistant at the Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Originally, I studied Tourism Research at the Lebanese University, but I chose to work in administrative field. I have more than five years of work experience and I am thrilled about the possibility of deploying my skills, showing a positive attitude and strong work ethic to serve the FNF team.

In my opinion, freedom is about the ability to express your own thoughts without restrictions and to make a change in your society for future generations and not just stick to the big superstition: things would change on their own.

Therefore, we must take action now!