Lawyer, journalist, and netizen in New York
Harout Ekmanian has worked as a journalist 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. Harout is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, English and Turkish, and proficient in French and Spanish. Since 2010, he is the licensee and organizer of “PechaKucha Night Aleppo” social creative events and "CineVille" film club and production collective of Aleppo.
Previously, Harout worked in media and development in Armenia for several years in various capacities, at the Civilitas Foundation and Hetq investigative journalists, promoting advocacy journalism. 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 region, as well as conflict resolution, human rights, rule of law, development and diaspora politics.
Harout has written for “Forward” English monthly magazine and “Baladna” English daily of Syria, besides regularly contributing to the Armenian Weekly based in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) since 2010. He has reported from more than a dozen countries, covering the Middle East, 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. In 2014, he was awarded with the O'Donnel Scholarship for Global Studies Visiting Professorship at the Whitman College in Washington State, USA.