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Animation & Design Professional with 15+ years of experience working with a wide variety of programs and media

Key Skills
  • Freehand drawing and painting using a variety of traditional media

  • Visual problem-solving skills and conceptual acumen

  • Creating storyboards, using both digital media and traditional tools

  • Cartoon character development and design

  • 2D animation, layout, and design

  • Teaching digital art and traditional drawing to undergraduate and middle school students

  • Computer skills: Microsoft Office and Graphic design, drawing, and animation applications including Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Aura US and Aftereffects

  • Fluent in English and Arabic

  • 2018: Vice President Award for Excellence, The World Bank Group (USA)

  • 2013: Best Animation Award, Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar)

  • 2013: Special Picture Award, 3D Korea International Film Festival (Korea)

  • 2012: Best Animation Award, Digital Studio Awards, Dubai (UAE)

  • 2010: Golden Prize Award, Best Arabic Movie, 20th Cairo International Family and Children’s Film Festival (Egypt)


Corporate info Graphic Trainer (Freelancing)                                             06/2018 – 01/2019

Earth Justice, Washington, DC (USA)

  • Teaching a team of artist and designers the principles of animation and info graphic using Flash, Animate and after effect apps to improve the quality and the look of the designs of the company's social media platform.

  • Teaching private lessons to some designers in advanced animation and motion design.


International Consultant                                                                                05/2018 – 06/2018

The World Bank Group, Washington, DC (USA)

  • Created a brand for activities on Syrian refugees in the Middle East and North Africa region

  • Developed high quality graphic concepts for social inclusion and civil coexistence


Adjunct Professor of Animation/Computer Art                                          08/2012 – 04/2018

University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC (USA) 

  • Teach courses in fundamental motion design and advanced animation

  • Create animation segments in a digital studio environment with traditional and experimental animation

  • Build confidence in students on digital media and original animation work for portfolios

Teaching Artist                                                                                               10/2012 – 05/2014

Artrepeneurs, Inc. Arts on the Block, Germantown, MD (USA)

  • Contributed to the program “Excel Beyond the Bell,” aiming at supporting professional teaching artists in creative programs

  • Taught after-school art courses for underserved middle school students

  • Applied principles of advancing youth development to create healthy and safe teaching environment

Animation Team Supervisor                                                                          10/2010 – 02/2012

Blink Studios Co, Dubai, UAE

  • Worked in a multi-platform production studio targeting children and families in the Arab World

  • Contributed to award winning TV shows and movies for Cartoon Network Arabia and UAE Government

  • Created animations of cartoon characters for episodes of the children's TV show “Skatoony” by Cartoon Network

  • Supervised a team of artists in adhering to the animation style

  • Edited patterns, ornamentation, characters designs and outfit and prepared studies for face expressions to produce movie winning awards

Graphic Designer                                                                                           05/2007 – 09/2010

Digitcom - Smart Home Co, Dubai (UAE)

  • Created infographic animations on products, working closely with sales department

  • Created brochures, flyers, catalogues, and other advertising material


Art Director and Animator                                                                            02/2006 – 12/2006

Genres Studio, Damascus (Syria)

  • Developed cartoon characters, prepared layouts and designed storyboards for episodes of a major TV show

  • Created animation style of main characters, supervising the animation workshop of artists

  • Directed and supervised the animation team of “City of Numbers” and the “Yes or No” television series


Animator                                                                                                         01/2003 – 01/2006

Tiger Production, Spacetoon TV, Damascus (Syria)

  • Worked with artists on large frame-by-frame animation, arranging a weekly movie night, artist conversations, benchmarking, research, and studies for the character design

  • Produced pilot episode earning wide recognition as number one in animation in Syria and UAE

  • Supervised a workshop of animators to produce educational TV shows

  • Completed full animation for scenes of “Life Fiber,” the first long animation movie in Syria


Bachelor of Fine Arts (Oil Painting)                                                                  2003

University of Damascus, Damascus, Syria

Ranked 1st most competitive university in Syria; accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education