Staff Members

Tamer Batayneh - Media & Technology Manager

tamer-batayneh-octogon.jpgTamer Batayneh is a Jordanian transplant in Los Angeles who is passionate about Middle Eastern representation in today’s mass media.  As a former journalist and news correspondent, he is very aware and concerned by popular narratives in mainstream Western news sources that contain misrepresentations about Middle Eastern culture and religion.  In his role as Program Manager, he hopes to facilitate an evenhanded and fair illustration of Middle Eastern people, culture, and political issues. He is a firm believer that increased public awareness and an honest open dialogue are the only real ways to ensure understanding of the nuances of Middle Eastern life here and abroad.

Tamer is a BBC & Thompson Foundation trained broadcast journalist and business school graduate with a passion for politics and international news. As a broadcaster in the Middle East, he covered many social and political issues between 2003 and 2009 – an especially troubled time in the region.  These experiences continue to inspire him to be a voice for truth and reason regarding Middle Eastern affairs. Additionally, as an entrepreneur and radio producer, he has enjoyed the privilege of working with wildly diverse teams, and creating an atmosphere of cooperation and dedication that led to success.

Tamer comes from a family that has a strong tradition of arts and social activism. Inspired by a distinguished artist mother and an outspoken social activist sister, he is deeply committed to representing the best of the Middle East.   


Alfred Madain - Music Director

alfred-octagon.pngAlfred Madain aka DJ Al-Fareed is the founding director of Bedouin X, the desert blues band, and an educator and ethnomusicologist active on the Los Angeles music scene since the 1990s. He grew up in his native Jordan listening to an eclectic selection of music from the Arab world, America, and Europe. Throughout his life he has explored all genres of music and passed through many different phases of obsession. Listeners can hear his Radio Al-Fareed podcasts on Soundcloud from The Markaz in Los Angeles and add them to their iTunes collection. The music featured on Radio Al-Fareed is old and new, traditional and contemporary, religious and secular. DJ Al-Fareed is a reassuring guide as he takes us on carefully constructed musical tours through countries including but not limited to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Gambia, Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Iraq, China, Indonesia, Oman, Yemen, Comoros Island, Zanzibar, and Tunisia.  Different ethnic and religious groups such as Kurds, Azeris, Jews, and Christians also have their music featured on Radio Al-Fareed.  Artists who have fused music from other parts of the world with their own are also highlighted on the program. 


 Rime Yaşin - Program Associate

Born and raised in Paris, Rime Yaşin earned her BA in History and Masters in Modern Middle Eastern History at the Sorbonne, largely focusing on the History of Modern Lebanon and the formation of its modern political institutions. In addition to these historical approaches, she also draws upon cultural perspectives to shed a fresh and critical light on contemporary political and social events. As a Program Associate at The Markaz, Rime heads up the library and bookstore, and organizes public programs of politics and humanities of the greater Middle East and Lebanon and Tunisia in particular. Her aspiration is that such programs will build bridges between diverse cultures, broadening perceptions and inter-generational understanding. 

 


Part-time advisory position open -  FILM CURATOR


Contact the center, info-at-themarkaz.org, if you have film experience and would like to propose film programs. Includes stipend.


 Internship opportunity open - PUBLIC RELATIONS & MARKETING COORDINATOR


Contact the center, info-at-themarkaz.org, if you have good communication skills and would like to apply. Includes stipend.


Internship opportunity open - THEATRE MANAGER


An internship opportunity has opened up to develop short plays, monologues, one person shows, and other spoken word programming. Apply by sending your resumé to info-at-themarkaz.org. Fringe benefits.


Internship opportunity open -  ASSISTANT TO THE DIRECTOR


Contact the center, info-at-themarkaz.org, if you have strong communications skills and would like to apply. Includes stipend.