Triangle aims to enrich our client’s knowledge by tapping into the interests and expertise of our team to produce lasting results and positive impacts for the organisations and the communities we work with. Our team is multilingual, collaborative, and distributed over multiple countries and time zones.
We are always on the lookout for forward thinking individuals who can contribute to and further the ethos of the organisation. Whether in policy, research or media, Triangle believes that synergies across its three focus areas not only helps the organisation grow as a whole, but also develops and further enriches the professional and personal needs of its team of specialists and generalists.
Sami Halabi is Triangle’s Director of Knowledge, a researcher and media expert with extensive economic, qualitative and quantitative research training and expertise. At Triangle Sami manages the firm’s operations and provides oversight and quality assurance to all projects. He has over a decade of experience leading evaluation and research projects across multiple geographies, specifically in West Asia and North Africa. Sami has lead projects for clients such as the European Union, the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UNDP, UNRWA, and UNICEF, WFP, UNESCWA, the ILO, ICRC, Save the Children, Oxfam, DRC and many others. Previous to Triangle, Sami had a long career in policy journalism with media outlets such as France24 and the Lebanese Broadcasting Corporation. Sami holds a Masters degree in Public Policy with Distinction from The University of Edinburgh.
Nizar Ghanem is Triangle’s Director of Research, with more than a decade of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, economic development, governance and training. Nizar’s research portfolio includes designing and leading key research projects, needs assessments and baseline surveys for EU, USAID, NORAD, UNDP, UNICEF, ESCWA, and World Learning. Before founding his previous consultancy, Menapolis, Nizar was a Senior Analyst at the Lebanese Centre for Policy Studies. Nizar has also authored several reports and scholarly articles on a variety of topics related to governance and development in the West Asia region. Nizar holds a Bachelors in Business and Accounting from Notre Dame University, Lebanon and a Masters in International Relations and Economics from The School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Specialists and Consultants
Aida Charif is Triangle’s administrator. Born and raised in Lebanon, Aida is a qualified teacher but moved into office management over a decade ago. Aida was the office manager for eight years at Arab Communications Consult, a Spanish-Lebanese company specialising in country investment reports with a focus on the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Wanda Grimaldi is Triangle’s Business Development Advisor, with a decade of experience in research, MEAL (monitoring, evaluation, accountability & learning) and grant management of humanitarian and development programmes. Wanda’s portfolio includes designing and leading research, and comprehensive MEAL system for OXFAM NOVIB, PLAN UK, CARE USA, UNDP, UNODC, EU, and AICS across multiple geographies (Myanmar, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Afghanistan, Yemen, OPT, Jordan, Lebanon). Wanda holds a MSc in Logic with Distinction from Sapienza, University of Rome and a Master in in International Cooperation from ISPI (Istituto per gli Studi di Politica Internazionale)
Elissar Harati is Triangle’s Managing Editor, with more than a decade of experience in public policy, qualitative research, and communications. At Triangle, Elissar manages content production and oversees editorial standards across policy and media projects. Prior to joining Triangle, she was a Social Development consultant with the World Bank for lending projects in MENA and West Africa regions. Elissar has a background in writing and editing for media organizations such as Al-Monitor and think tanks such as the Issam Fares Institute. She holds a BA in Political Science from the American University of Beirut and a Master’s in Law & Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.
Viktorie Novakova is Triangle’s Business Development Manager. Previously, she worked in the European Commission’s humanitarian action directorate (DG ECHO), managing and monitoring the project cycles of humanitarian INGOs operating in Syria. Subsequently, she worked in the grants and partnerships domain in the humanitarian sector in Iraq, Syria and Lebanon, supporting local and international NGOs with developing their sectoral expertise and broadening donor portfolios. Viktorie has a Bachelor’s in Middle Eastern studies from the University of West Bohemia and a Master’s in International Security from SciencesPo.
Connor-Raed Kanso is a Writer and Analyst working on policy and media projects at Triangle. His portfolio includes topics surrounding the economic, political, and social crises facing Lebanon. Before joining Triangle, Connor was a researcher at the American University of Beirut: Nature Conservation Center where he worked on solid waste reduction and circular economy projects. Connor holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Leonora Monson is a Research Analyst with Triangle. She previously worked as Triangle’s Intern contributing to research and data analysis, producing policy proposals, and writing articles for Badil. She holds a MSc in International History from The London School of Economics and Political Science and a Bachelors in History with First Class Honours from the University of Oxford.
Alex Ray is a Triangle Research Analyst with five years of research and communications experience in the development sector. At Triangle Alex conducts qualitative humanitarian research and analysis of political economy and social issues facing Lebanon. Prior to joining Triangle Alex was a communications officer with the UNDP in Timor-Leste and an independent communications and research consultant for development organisations in Jordan, Lebanon, and Syria. His writing has been published by Al Jazeera, The Middle East Eye, and Australian Financial Review among others. Alex holds an MA in Middle East and Central Asian Studies from the Australian National University.
Shaya Laughlin is a Senior Research Analyst at Triangle, where she leads the data analysis for projects in Lebanon and Syria. Shaya is an experienced writer, whose journalism work has been published widely by NewsCorp Australia, as well as other outlets such as the New Humanitarian. Shaya holds a MA in History and International Relations with a focus on the Middle East from the University of Saint Joseph in Lebanon, alongside a Bachelor of Journalism from Bond University in Australia.
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Triangle always seeks out highly motivated individuals who can bring their expertise, ambitions and creativity to our projects. Team members at Triangle are expected to be able to manage projects independently, and deliver exceptional results. In return, Triangle offers unusual autonomy and opportunities for growth, and we pride ourselves on being open to ideas, approaches and modes of operation of its staff.
If this sounds like the team you’ve been looking for, we would love to hear from you.