SAMAR Media was founded and is run by three friends who are passionate about the Arab world and have been frustrated for too long with the media coverage of Arab world issues. Ziyad Clot, 37, is a former lawyer with work experience in Egypt, Palestine, Qatar and Lebanon. Coline Houssais, 27, has studied in Syria and worked in Morocco on cultural and educational projects. Jana Jabbour, 26, is Lebanese. She worked in Beirut, Dubai and London and is now an assistant professor of Middle Eastern studies at Sciences Po Paris.