Harout Ekmanian

''Legal Alien'' in New York

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Harout Ekmanian is Middle East and North Africa Associate at Human Rights Watch. He has worked with Arab, Armenian and western media for years prior to the beginning of the Syrian conflict. He has studied law at the University of Aleppo. He was a fellow at the institute for the Study of Human Rights of Columbia University in 2015, as well as an O'Donnell Visiting Scholar in Global Studies at Whitman College in 2014. He is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, English and Turkish, and conversant in French and Spanish.

Previously, Harout Ekmanian worked in media and development in Armenia for several years in various capacities, at the Civilitas Foundation/CivilNet TV and Hetq online investigative journal. Am, specifically focusing on inclusive regional dialogue among experts and stakeholders, including Armenians, Turks, Kurds and Arabs, with a broad perspective on old and new struggles for identity and dominance in the east Mediterranean region in the context of human rights, as well as conflict resolution, migration and diaspora.

Ekmanian has written for ‘Forward’ English monthly magazine and ‘Baladna’ English daily of Syria, besides regularly contributing to the Armenian Weekly based in Boston, MA, since 2010. He has reported from more than a dozen countries, covering the Middle East, Turkey, Europe and the South Caucasus. In 2012, he has been awarded with the Topical Reporting Award by the Online News Association in the United States for his contributions to Voice of America's ‘Middle East Voices’ project. His writing has been featured in NY Daily News, Tagesspiegel, O Globo, Near East Quarterly, CNNturk and other international journals, as well as having been quoted in New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Forbes, International Business Times, etc. Since 2010, he is the licensee of ‘PechaKucha Aleppo’, co-organizer of TEDxAleppo, and founder of ‘CineVille’ cinema club and filmmakers collective.

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  • Work
    • Human Rights Watch
  • Education
    • Columbia University
    • University of Aleppo