01 February 2013

Live Now: WFP Hangout from Damascus

Here are some of the people who will be joining the hangout.

+Abeer Etefa

Abeer Etefa is WFP’s Spokeswoman and Senior Regional Public Information Officer for the Middle East & North Africa region. Before joining WFP, she was the spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) covering the MENA region. She spent six-years working for the BBC and ABC News as a field TV producer. @AbeerEtefa

+Karen Leigh

Karen Leigh is the managing editor of Syria Deeply, a new media platform covering the Syrian crisis. She has lived and reported in India, West Africa, Europe and the Middle East, covering the 2011 Arab revolutions and writing for publications including TIME and The New York Times. Reporting for Bloomberg News, she traveled with the Clinton, Obama and McCain campaigns during the 2008 elections. @leighstream

+Deborah Amos

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News. Her reports can be heard on NPR's award-winning Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. She  travels extensively across the Middle East covering stories including the rise of well-educated Syria youth, a series focusing on the emerging power of Turkey and the plight of Iraqi refugees. @deborahamos

+Andrew Tabler

Andrew J. Tabler is a senior fellow in the Program on Arab Politics at The Washington Institute, where he focuses on Syria and U.S. policy in the Levant. During 14 years of residence in the Middle East, Tabler served as a consultant on U.S.-Syria relations for the International Crisis Group and as a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, writing on Syrian, Lebanese, and Middle Eastern affairs. @andrewtabler

+Bettina Luescher

Bettina Luescher is the Chief Spokesperson for North America of WFP. Since joining WFP in 2004 she has worked in crisis areas like Darfur, Afghanistan, Gaza, Guatemala, Haiti and the Tsunami region of Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Before joining the UN, Luescher worked for 15 years as an anchor, reporter and field producer for CNN International. @bettinaluescher