Roula Mikhael is the Executive Director of Maharat Foundation and a journalist. Maharat Foundation is a Media Development organization working in Lebanon and the Mena region. Mikhael has Master degrees in journalism and communication from Paris II University and the Lebanese University. She has a 17 years experience of journalism in An- Nahar newspaper. Under her leadership, Maharat launched a News website Maharat-news , serving as a model of non-partisan journalism, in addition to a regional initiative, Digital Media Viability Lab aiming at supporting independent digital media platforms in the region.