Journalist, Filmmaker, and Writer in Lebanon
Dalal Mawad is a Lebanese journalist dedicating her career to the most vulnerable and marginalized groups in our societies. Mawad believes in the power of journalism to transform people’s lives. She is currently the Middle East video producer for the United Nations Refugee Agency, covering wars and displacement across the Arab region . She spends her time in refugees’ camps and traveling across the Middle East and Europe meeting and reporting on displaced people. Many of her UNHCR videos, focus on positive stories of resilience and have been republished by international media such as the BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera. Her video " The Refugee Surfer" made it to film festivals in Brazil and Spain. She stands out as one of the few Arab journalists to focus their work on issues of human rights. She has worked throughout the years on changing the media narrative on women, migrants and refugees in Lebanon and the region, humanizing their plight through her storytelling.
Mawad has a Master’s degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and another Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York where she graduated with honors and was awarded the Joan Konner award for best-broadcast student of the year. Her master’s project, an investigative story on Lebanon Jews was nominated for the Samir Kassir Award for the freedom of the press in 2012.
Mawad's first job after graduation was with the New York Times covering the war in Syria and its spillover into Lebanon. She then joined the newsroom of Al Jazeera English to also work on Syria, covering in-house the uprising and conflict . Her love for the field drove her to accept a news reporter job at LBCI, Lebanon's renowned television channel. Mawad shed light on the most vulnerable people and reported on issues often forgotten by the Lebanese media such as the environment, LGBTIQ issues and minorities. She joined UNHCR in 2015. She is fluent in English, Arabic, French and Spanish.