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-------------THE R-SHIEF TEAM-------------

Laila Shereen Sakr is a media artist, PhD student, and the creator of R-Shief–a virtual lab that collects and analyzes content from the Internet using swarm computing generated analytics. Her practices include live video performance, visual art, digital art, and network analysis. She has shown at the San Francisco MoMA, National Gallery of Art in Jordan, Camera Austria, Cultura Digital in Brazil, DC Fridge Art Gallery, Tech@State, +. With an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and an M.F.A. in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California, Santa Cruz, she is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Media Arts and Practice at the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. There she has been awarded an Annenberg Fellowship and nominated as a MacArthur Foundation HASTAC scholar. Recent interviews and reviews have been published in Egypt Independent, Fast Company, Science, The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, Al-Masry Al-Youm, the Digital Media and Learning, Art Territories, and The Creators Project. Recent reviews of her work have been published in The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch, Egypt Independent, the Digital Media and Learning blog, Art Territories, and The Creators Project.

Chief Executive Officer
Los Angeles, California

Ian Jones has been involved with technology for over 15 years. Ian has experience hosting approximately 1/5th of MySpace in terms of unique viewers and page views on a Linux cluster. His personal web site has over 60,000 members, and it performs in the top 20,000 most active web sites on the internet. Ian was previously the Network Operations Manager at Ian is an expert with the Linux clustering model provided by ipvs/heartbeat, cluster filesystems, and SANs. He is also extremely experienced and comfortable working with large data sets under the stressful situations that this work inevitably presents you with. Ian is well-known for his ability to bring "5-alarm fires" under control in moments among his co-workers, friends and partners, as well as, predicting and pre-mitigating said "fires".

Chief Technology Officer
Portland, Oregon

Fadi Sakr has been practicing in the areas of financial management and business assurance for over ten years. Having begun in private accounting and financial services for small businesses, he later moved into public accounting, performing audits and assurance services for both for profit and not-for-profit organizations, mid to large size companies. He currently works with multiple clients including startups on building their business plans, their state and federal filings, making sure that an adequate financial structure and accounting system are in place, as well as helping some growing clients on developing their controls as they grow and expand. In addition, he is involved in the development of R-Shief, Inc. and R-Shief Labs LLC.

Chief Financial Officer
Los Angeles, California

Daniel Salters is Product Manager at R-Shief Labs, where he joined the incubating start-up in March 2011. He participated in R-Shief's first product development projects through 2011 when R-Shief witnessed growth in traffic from 20 vistors to 2,000 viewers each day. By adding over 1,000 hashtags, R-Shief maximized its Twitter archive and, in turn, was able to innovate new tools by leveraging the swarm computing expertise of R-Shief CTO and long-time colleague, Ian Jones. Dan's contributions varied from coding the user interface of the website, to using V-Bulletin software to aggregate content, and building traffic through social media networks. Daniel took a lead role in R-Shief's involvement in the #OccupyData hackathons. He has focused on marketing R-Shief's analytics, sentiment analysis, and data visualizations. In June 2012, Daniel Salters was promoted to Product Manager where he is now responsible to lead R-Shief Lab's software services and product cycle with technical sophistication, insight, and negotiation skills to define and deliver results.

Product Manager
Portland, Oregon

Suzie Abdou is the Director of Global Programs at Women's Voices Now where she is responsible for the international tour of their short Film Festival Women's Voices from the Muslim World. She has worked as the publicist for the Arab Film Festival in Los Angeles and previously in the entertainment industry for eight years. She has been a regular guest on The Madeleine Brand Show to speak on the 2011 revolution in Egypt. Suzie holds a Masters degree in International Relations with an emphasis on the role of Coptic women in the early Egyptian feminist movement. She has been a university guest lecturer and invited to speak at domestic and international conferences. Suzie is also a policy analyst in the government sector.

PR and Events Manager
Los Angeles, California

Manal Bahey El-Din Hassan is a FOSS enthusiast, her main interest is adapting and delivering technology to non techies, and training them in making it their own. She co-founded the Egyptian GNU/Linux Users Group (EGLUG) in 2004 and Arab Techies collective in 2008. She has extensive experience in working with NGOs, human rights activists, and children on web technologies and new media. She has been working for many years in building web presence for political groups, art projects, local and international companies, etc. using her favourite CMS Drupal and has become an expert in multilingual websites and RTL issues. She won the Best of Blogs (BOBs) and Reporters without Borders Freedom of Expression award together with her husband in 2005.

Arabic Language Developer
Cairo, Egypt

Elijah Meeks is the Digital Humanities Specialist at Stanford University where he brings network analysis, text analysis and spatial analysis to bear on traditional humanities research questions. In his time at Stanford, he's worked with the Mapping the Republic of Letters project, the Stanford Literary Lab and the Spatial History Lab, as well as faculty and graduate students, to explore 18th century correspondence networks, the topology of genealogy, concepts of space in Imperial Rome and the role of the species database as a form of modern literature, among other topics. His work on the email correspondence network of Robert Creeley has been featured in The Poetry Foundation's Open Door series and two of his projects have been featured on Visual Complexity.

Digital Humanities Specialist
Palo Alto, California

Mahmoud Said, aka modsaid, has more than 6 years of professional experience in the Software Development field. He has spend most of his career working as Web Developer at eSpace, a leading Software House in Egypt, with great experience in developing RubyOnRails web applications. Loves to work in small teams, mainly using Agile methodology. Currently, Mahmoud is leading the team behind, the top news aggregator in Egypt in terms of traffic, that uses text mining to cluster news articles. Mahmoud is also founder of asTweeted, the twitter hashtag tracker, and Startup Weekend Alexandria 3rd winner. Mahmoud is a husband, and a father to 3 young boys. He enjoys photography most of his time.

Software Engineer
Alexandria, Egypt

Eyad Zahra, Director, Producer, and Writer, has produced various short films and television segments since 2004. Zahra’s most acclaimed short film, Distance from the Sun (2004), garnered over twenty film festival invitations worldwide, and in November 2004 it won Dubai Media City’s Ibda’a Best Film Award. Afterwards, Eyad continued producing for Showtime Arabia, and worked on Salaam MTV, the Middle East’s first ever MTV brand show. In 2007, Zahra’s feature screenplay, Sammy Paradise, was accepted into the 3rd Annual RAWI Screenwriters lab, hosted by the Royal Film Commission of Jordan and the Sundance Institute. In 2010, Zahra debuted his first feature film The Taqwacores, at the Sundance Film Festival. The award-winning film about Punk American Muslims went on to play in over thirty international film festivals. The film has been written about in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and featured on Al-Jazeera’s The Fabulous Motion Picture Show. Eyad graduated from the Florida State University School of Motion Picture, Television, & the Recording Arts. He also received the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Mass Communications Scholarship Award and the Florida State University Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Production Manager
Los Angeles, California

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