WHO I AM

My work lies at the intersection of science, entrepreneurship and education. Thirteen years of research experience in astrophysics lends itself to an ability to think creatively, navigate complexity and drive change with innovative solutions.

An explorer of the cosmic and the earthly, I'm a Space Scientist at University of Cambridge and Founder and Director of She Speaks Science leading EnterpriseWOMEN at Cambridge Judge Business School's Entrepreneurship Centre. I also train and consult on academic and business storytelling.

Being the first person to get a PhD in astrophysics from a Lebanese university fuels my gender advocacy work and inspires my duty as role model. Within this vein, I advised UN Office for Outer Space Affairs UNOOSA on the setting up of its “Space4Women Network” on which I am now a mentor. I also sit on the advisory board of Public Engagement at Cambridge University and the Arab Science Week.

Keen on sharing my knowledge and curious to learn, I'm an educator and storyteller. Through my award-winning social enterprise She Speaks Science, I work to make science accessible and women in STEM more visible, one story at a time.

Often profiled as subject matter expert in the media including BBC Future, Room Space Journal, An-Nahar newspaper and various podcasts. Was featured as "Modern Muse for Astronomy" by London magazine Postscript.

Because words are "events" that connect and transform, to me public speaking is an act of communion that syncs minds. I've given keynotes and talks on astrophysics, leadership, entrepreneurship and women in STEM at international conferences and global forums including TEDx, UN Women and UNOOSA.

When not pursuing stellar endeavours ✨🔭, jogging🏃🏻‍♀️, or exploring physical and vocal expression in my regular theatre training 🎭 I would be sailing with my husband in the English wind ⛵

EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Astrophysics, American University of Beirut
MSc. in Physics, American University of Beirut
BSc. in Physics & Mathematics, Lebanese University






Portfolio

Consultancy

Consultant on space and astrophysics, communication with storytelling, and inclusion in STEM. A STEM mentor with the UN with advisory roles in public engagement.

Entrepreneurship

A social entrepreneur, I'm Founder and Executive Director of She Speaks Science. I also lead an entreprenruship programme at Cambridge Judge Business School.

Public Speaking

“Words are events, they do things, change things”. I speak on astrophysics, entrepreneurship, equality in STEM, re-thinking education and storytelling.

Space Research

My research focuses on the structure and evolution of stars, their contribution to the chemical enrichment of the Galaxy and their interactions with nearby companions.

In the Media

Profiled in the media including BBC Future, Room Space Journal and various podcasts. Was featured as "Modern Muse for Astronomy" by London magazine Postscript.