Meet the team
Adel Al Toraifi
Adel Al Toraifi is the Editor-in-Chief of Asharq Al-Awsat and Editor-in-Chief of Al Majalla magazine. As a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs his research focuses on Saudi-Iranian relations, foreign policy decision making in the Gulf and IR theories on the Middle East. Mr Al-Toraifi holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Manuel Almeida is The Majalla’s Assistant Editor-in-Chief. Mr. Almeida has recently completed his PhD in the Department of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he has also taught. He is currently a visiting fellow in the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies. His areas of expertise are the international politics of the Middle East, failed states, international intervention, and political violence.
Mrs Jan Singfield
Business Development Officer
Jan Singfield is Business Development Officer for The Majalla and Executive Assistant to the Editor in Chief. Jan joined The Majalla in 2009 to work on the development of the website and the introduction of the International edition, published in English. A qualified secretary experienced in administration and finance at management level, Jan has previously worked in local government and the private sector, specializing in start-up companies and those transitioning from public to private sector.
Managing Editor for The Majalla
Azeddine Senegri is a Tunisian journalist living and working in London. Azeddine was previously the Arab Affairs Editor at the Al-Arab Daily Newspaper. He has also worked as a freelance journalist for several Arabic newspapers and magazines.
IT Projects & Production Officer
Fawaz Taj has a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business IT from the University of Manchester. He has extensive experience in Computing and Business Information Systems and has worked in various IT roles. Over the last few years, Fawaz has specialized in Web Project development.
Jaleel Alsaadi is a Libyan writer, journalist and broadcaster. He previously worked as a presenter and writer for cultural and linguistic radio programs. He also worked at various Arabic newspapers based in London. He has a BA in Arabic from Tripoli, and an MA and a PhD from London.
Amy Assad is a Syrian-English writer based in London, specializing in the arts and culture of the Middle East. She received her BA in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies from Leeds University, and has lived and studied in Morocco.
Grace Perriman was previously a freelance writer, Grace penned Middle East-inspired travel writing and blogged the first year of the Syrian uprising from Damascus. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Arabic and Persian from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. A keen traveler, she has journeyed overland from Istanbul to Cairo, Tangiers to Bamako and crisscrossed Iran.
Alex Edwards is a contributing editor at The Majalla and Asharq Al-Awsat‘s English editions. He trained as a journalist before receiving his PhD from the London School of Economics, where he researched American foreign policy in the Gulf. Based in London, he is currently learning Arabic.