Our Team

SOHAIL RAHMAN

RADIO & TV PRESENTATION

Born in Chester, in the United Kingdom, Sohail Rahman, popularly known as “So Rahman” is an award-winning news and programmes presenter. He is currently a senior news anchor and correspondent for Al Jazeera, based in Doha (Qatar).

So Rahman has worked for ITV Granada, BBC, Channel 4 and CNN, and has reported from across the Middle East and South Asia.

While working for ITV Granada, So Rahman won the Royal Television Society Best Television Presenter in 2003 for Granada Reports and CrimeFile.

He has also won The Asian Film Academy, best male television presenter three times in his career. He won this prestigious award in 1993 when he worked for BBC and in 1995 and 1996 when he worked for ITV Granada.

Sohail has more than 15 years of television reporting and presenting experience and he is keen to pass on his knowledge to others.

You can find more about Sohail Rahman at: http://www.sorahman.com

DIANA MUIR

TV DOCUMENTARY MAKING

Diana Muir is an experienced journalist, TV producer, director and series producer who work with the Thomson Foundation.
For more than 20 years she researched, directed and produced a wide range of documentary and current affairs output. She was based in Yorkshire Television's awardwinning documentaries department for many years working on long-form documentary as well as returning peak ITV current affairs. After becoming a freelance she made factual programmes for Sky, Discovery, Five and the BBC.
Diana Muir is trainer and she works as a media training consultant at the University of
Leeds. At Thomson Foundation, Diana is currently part of the team of consultants working in Sudan on their project to build media capacity. She has trained journalists for the Foundation in Nigeria, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Zambia, China and Qatar.

GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS

PRODUCTION DESIGN FOR TV & THEATRE

George Papadopoulos is an Architect and Interior Designer. He is a graduate from London
University’s Bartlet School of Architecture with First Degree Honours. He obtained a Diploma in Architecture and became a member of RIBA, ARCUK and ETEK. He studied under such architects and teachers as James Stirling, James Gowan, and Phylip Tabor.

In 1992 he formed the company SKINOTECHNIKI, to provide his clients with a complete package that includes design and construction of sets for the stage television and film, exhibition stands, museums, and architecture.

He designed for stages and TV channels in Cyprus and around the world such us the
Alberta Ballet Company-Canada, Ballet Austin-USA, THOK (The Cyprus National Theatre),
ITI (International Theatre Institute), Bloomsbury Theatre – London, Vergina Theatre Thessaloniki, EBU (European Broadcasting Union), UNICEF, PIK-Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation, Sigma TV-Cyprus.
For many projects, he collaborated with award winning Disney director Derick Lasala, and well known executive producer Munro Forbes.

His comprehensive exhibition, “Evoenos Nisos” on the history of wine making in Cyprus took part in the celebrations for Patra-Cultural Capital of Europe 2006.
In 2007, he was awarded the state price for scenography for his work in the short filme “Farmakon” by loakim Mylonas.
He designed the Cyprus Museum of Education in Vasa, the Cyprus Medical Museum in Kato Polemidia and the Cyprus Forest Museum in Kambos.
Over the last few years, his work was published extensively in magazines and books in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal, Italy, Saudi Arabia and China.
You can find more about George Papadopoulous at: http://www.skinotechniki.com/index.php

MUNRO FORBES

MULTI-CAMERA TV DIRECTION

Born in Scotland, Munro Forbes is currently the joint owner of the Cyprus Media Academy. He has over 28 years broadcast experience in the United Kingdom working for ITV and the BBC and 10 years consultancy experience. His most recent client is Sigma Television, where he works as a special advisor to the management.

Munro Forbes is a sought-after media consultant and over the years, he has worked as an executive producer of TV shows, including the Junior Eurovision Song Contest and Eurovision national finals and events.  He has also launched many news, current affairs programmes, quiz shows, music, and talk shows. He has directed events, outside broadcasts and documentaries for ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and CNN all during his career.

His international consultancy projects have taken him to various parts of the world including: Malta, Palestine, India, Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Romania and Cyprus.

Munro Forbes speaks 5 languages, including; French, English, Greek, German and Swedish. He is a natural trainer for anyone interested in working in the media industry; some of his past students have gone out into the world and worked at media industries, including CNN, BBC, ITV, SKY, FOX and ALJAZEERA.

Munro has also received the Royal Television Society Team Award for ITN’s News at Ten and, as a trainee programme director at Yorkshire Television, he received special commendations for a religious outside broadcast and a documentary on the achievements of handicapped children.

You can find more about Munro Forbes at: http://munroforbes.com/

MAI DAVIES

RADIO & TV PRESENTATION

Born in Carmarthen, South Wales, Mai is a journalist, television and radio broadcaster, currently working as a news presenter at the BBC. She is a regular presenter of the BBC Radio Wales daily news magazine programmes, Good Morning Wales and Good Evening Wales. She has also worked as a daytime news anchor at Sky News and a political and news presenter at ITV.
While she worked as a political and news presenter at ITV, the programme won the Royal Television Society award for the best Regional News Magazine programme.
Mai is a Ted speaker and also passes on her expertise as a presentation and media trainer for international training organisations, broadcasters, major companies and NGOs.
She also hosts corporate events including conferences, concerts and award ceremonies. You can find more about Mai Davies at: http://www.maidavies.co.uk/

ANTONIS KARATZIAS

PRINCIPAL

Born in Cyprus, Antonis Karatzias is the co-founder of the Cyprus Media Academy. He studied Business Administration at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece.

Mr Karatzias has over 26 years of experience in HR management. He currently works at Dias Media Group in Nicosia, Cyprus. He has worked at DIAS Media group for over 12 years, of which for the first 10 years, he worked as the human resources manager and currently, he is the innovation and development manager.

During his career, Antonis Karatzias managed successfully a number of change programmes (culture change, restructuring etc.) in the companies he has worked for and he has indeed managed to establish companies’ visions and missions. He is a qualified accountant authorised by the Cyprus Ministry of Finance and he is also a qualified leadership development trainer authorised by the human resources development authority. Additionally, he is a member of the Cyprus Human resources management Association. MrKaratzias is experienced in managing EU funded projects (which he has been doing since 2006). In these projects, he has been involved as the Project Coordinator and Exploitation and Dissemination Manager.

As the principal of the Cyprus Media School, Mr Karatzias responsibilities includes:

  • Shaping a vision of academic success for all students
  • Creating a climate hospitable to education
  • Cultivating leadership in others
  • School profile
  • Managing people, data and processes
  • Enhancing School leadership

Mr Karatzias is always open to innovative ideas from everyone. He has encouraged and supported a few start-up companies here in Cyprus which he has done for so many years.

AHMAD OKBELBAB

VIDEO EDITING, NEWSROOM & MEDIA SYSTEMS

Born in Egypt but currently residing in Qatar. Ahmad Okbelbab is a certified trainer by Avid, Apple and Adobe. He currently works as a trainer for Sony and Aljazeera Media Network. He is also a graphics designer, filmmaker, e-learning developer and instructional designer, social media specialist, video editor, Audio-visual translator, medical interpreter, simultaneous interpreter and voice over talent: Arabic/English/German with international qualifications and experience.

Ahmad speaks 6 languages, including; Arabic, German, English, French, Persian and Turkish. He has a diploma in film making from New York film academy in New York; he has a bachelor’s degree in mass Communication from Cairo University, Egypt. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in audiovisual translation: subtitling, dubbing, SDH and AD from Hamad Bin Khalifa University’s translation and interpreting institute validated by Geneva University.

NICK WALSHE

CRISIS COMMUNICATIONS & MEDIA SKILLS

Nick Walshe is the former Head of Global Newsgathering for Al Jazeera English; reporter, producer, presenter and programme editor for ITN, ITV and BBC. Currently he is the media partner at media971 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Nick has worked at media971 for over 7 years, during this past 7 years, he has advised senior managers on successful TV and digital channel launches; project managed complex editorial and technical training programmes; and trained journalists in most journalism skills.
Nick has trained spokespeople and senior managers to deal with the media for 25 years. He also specialises in crisis communications training in the airline industry.
Based on his own experience covering the world's biggest news stories, Nick prepares tailormade training programmes focused on the client's industry and seniority.
Media training clients include: JP Morgan, Emirates Airline, British Council, Audi, Mubadala, Hay Group and dnata.
He has an ongoing contract training senior and middle managers at Qatar Airways in crisis communications.

LEAH KAYALEH

INTRODUCTION TO FILMMAKING

Leah has a Bachelor’s degree in communications (with specialisation in filmmaking) and a Masters degree in filmmaking. Leah has worked on numerous film sets and in several companies, including The Walt Disney Company in London and MBC in Dubai. As a filmmaker herself, Leah is currently in production of one of her own films.