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 progress with innovative solutions.

There is hardly any region in the Universe more inaccessible to human investigation than stellar interiors. For more than a decade, my work probed exactly that: the internal workings of stars.

Thirteen years of astrophysics research experience has inevitably shaped how I think and solve complex problems. I now invest this capacity for thinking creatively and navigating complexity to drive progress with innovative solutions. From studying the Universe in its constant flux and metamorphosis, I migrated to another that is equally fluid and kinetic: entrepreneurship.

Today, my career straddles the cosmic and the earthly. It lies at the intersection of space science, entrepreneurship and education.

With Design Thinking, I developed and led an entrepreneurship programme for Cambridge Judge Business School that provides entrepreneurs with business education and access to international networks. Independently, I consult for businesses to bring space science into high-end technology and I coach on innovation storytelling through workshops and executive 1:1 training. Clients span universities, innovation hubs and corporates.

I was the first person to get a PhD in astrophysics from a Lebanese university and I want to make sure that I’m not the last. So I founded She Speaks Science, a multi-lingual enterprise promoting STEM and women in STEM with storytelling, funded by Cambridge University and International Astronomical Union. Within the same vein I advised the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs on setting up “Space4Women Network” on which I now mentor. I also sit on the advisory board of Public Engagement at Cambridge University and Arab Science Week.

As a storyteller I find public speaking an act of communion that connects and transforms minds. I've given keynotes and talks on astrophysics, leadership, entrepreneurship and women in STEM at international conferences and global forums including TEDx and the United Nations.

Profiled as subject matter expert in the media including BBC Future, journals, newspapers and podcasts. Was featured as Urania, "Modern Muse for Astronomy" by London magazine Postscript.

When not pursuing stellar endeavours ✨🔭, jogging, or exploring physical and vocal expression in my regular theatre training 🎭, you can find me 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 entrepreneurship 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.