Martin Fernando JakobsenDirector and Founder
Martin has been CEO of Turning Tables since he founded it in 2009, establishing permanent music and film schools for marginalized youth and activists in Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, Myanmar, Cambodia, Denmark and Sweden. He has also been organizing and supporting rap and hip hop festivalss for activist rappers in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and Denmark.
Martin has been a professional DJ and producer with ‘Den Sorte Skole’ for more than a decade and holds a Master in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
Mark EphraimHead of Music Production and Studio Design
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Mark Ephraim is in charge of planning and implementing all of our studio installations, festival sound engineering, and training of local music instructors. Mark is an acclaimed artist, music producer, and sound engineer who has been working in pro audio in New York and Detroit for the past two decades. Marks’ extensive experience in setting up and running studios, has enabled Turning Tables to install highly effective music studios in Tunis and Myanmar. Further Mark has been a key figure in planning and production of the L’angar Festival in Tunis 2013.
Mark owns Hole in the Sky recording studio in Brooklyn, New York.
Tia KorpeProgramme officer MENA Region
Tia is in charge of developing the Turntable Labs in the MENA region, program design and development, communications, fundraising and administration of staff and volunteers. She has been with Turning Tables since 2010 in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia. Tia was also the Festival Producer for the Turning Tables ‘Artistic Activism’ program at Images Festival in 2013 and in 2014 she was Head of Fundraising from the office base in Copenhagen. Tia has spent the last decade working in the music and arts industry. With a background as a performing artist, creative producer and curator, she has consulted for the International Music Council, Freemuse, Save The Children and The Impossible Music Sessions.
Tia holds a B.A. in Cultural Studies and Communication from Roskilde University and a Master of Culture and Media Production from Malmö University.
Thomas PapapetrosHead of Film and Music Video Production
Papa is in charge of training instructors, developing and implementing film and music video programs for the Turntable Labs. He is specialized in working with film activists and the editor of many international award- winning documentaries, including activist films like Burma VJ, which was nominated for an Academy Award®. 1/2 Revolution, Sundance Film Festival. And “Untitled Syrian Film Project” that is yet not cleared and released for security reasons. Papa hass in the past been awarded the prestigious Sundance Film Festival Documentary Film Editing Award and The Cinema Eye Honors.
Swe Hlaing Htet a.k.a. DarkoCoordinator, Turning Tables Myanmar
Darko is the daily leader of Turning Tables Lab in Yangon and in charge of planning and implementing our projects and events through out Myanmar. With his passion for underground music and socio-political issues he inspires the Turning Tables team and supplies technical support for the instructors in music and film production. As the vocalist-guitarist of Yangon-based indie punk band, Side Effect Darko has been rocking, irrepressibly, since 2004 and his songs embody the passionate resilience of youth in Myanmar.
Darin Hansen a.k.a. DaroHeadmaster at Zarqa Film Academy
Daro studied journalism at Damascus university. Early in her studies, she started working on putting spotlight on women’s rights in the media.
After moving abroad back in 2010, she took her storytelling skills into film making. Now she is in Lebanon shooting her docudrama film about Syrian refugees, plus she is working on writing her first book about women’s situation in the middle east.
By being an activist herself, she has a huge network among Syrian and Lebanese activists.
She has an online blog, where she writes about different issues in the Arab world.
@IAM_MISEE aka Stephen O. OderaMusic Instructor - Kenya
Misee is a multifaceted self made music producer and sound engineer that for the past ten years has worked with the cream of progressive Kenyan artists such as Juliani, Kevo Keyforce, Kalamoto, Raj, Wyre de love child, Solinga and many others. He holds a College diploma on TV and Film from East Africa Media Institute and has Worked as a Lecturer for 6 Year taught at two of the biggest colleges in Nairobi.
Marine GastineauCo-head of Photography Department
Photographer since 2008.
Studied at Fatamorgana, The Danish School of Art and Photography.
Has been working professionally with commercial and documentary photography in France, South Africa and Denmark.
Developing the photography platform in Turning Tables Denmark with Jon Spangsivg, including a series of workshop within narrative photography with marginalized youth
Mija ByungHead of Architecture and Construction
Aesthetics can change our way of thinking and architecture is a tool to locate ourselves in the universe.
Mija is an architect from The Royal Danish Art Arcademy, School Of Architecture.
She has been working as a project manager for several music and culture events in Copenhagen since 2005. Co-Founder of Spillestedet Stengade and Co-Owner of the legendary reggae club RubA’Dub Sundays.
Aung Hein ThetFilm & Video trainer, Turning Tables Myanmar
Aung has a sparkling childhood passion for film and got his first diploma in TV broadcasting from the Myanmar Media Development Center in 2013. Since then he has been working as a freelance film director and Joined the Turning Tables Myanmar team in the fall of 2015. Here he is responsible for the production of music videos and conducting participatory film trainings.
Thomas IrvingMusic Video and Documentary Instructor
Thomas Irving is an accomplished film editor and up-coming director from Copenhagen, Denmark. He started making videos through skateboarding, and is currently under training at Kong Gulerod Film. Irving been with Turning Tables since 2013 and has so far edited and directed three music videos and two short documentaries for Turning Tables in Tunisia and Jordan. Irving will be project manager for the music video and documentary part of the 2015 Voice of the Youth Tour in Myanmar.
Nan Htike Tharaphu SawSocial Media Manager
Nan Htike Tharaphu Saw a.k.a. Crown has proven herself as a passionate and hard working Intern for the VOY 2016 and has now taken up the reigns as responsible for TT Myanmars Social Media campaigns. She has a genuine interest in Human psychology springing from her university studies and are committed to empowering Myanmar youth to stand up and be counted.
Lei Miriam FooDJ Instructor
Lei has been working as a DJ for 6 years and has been part of the Tuning Tables instructor team since 2009. She has conducted more than 20 workshops and was in charge of setting up spring programs for refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon. Lei has a unique ability to engage the female participants and, as a female DJ, is an excellent role model.
JulianiCountry Director Kenya
Juliani is a renowned Kenyan artist and activist with a passion for his community and a strong agitator for the transformative power of music, film and media. Besides being a gifted creative he is also a skilled business developer with a nick for creative communication.
Majd Al NammariCoordinator, Turning Tables Jordan
Majd is in charge of setting up the new Turntable Lab for Syrian and Palestinian refugees and Marginalized Jordanian youth. Al-Nammari aka “Khotta Ba” is a Palestinian/Jordanian lyricists who has been working with Turning Tables on festivals and workshops since 2011. Majd has been the focal point in setting up our Summer School in Talbayyieh Camp awhere he also supervised the creation of a hip hop album for his students. As Khotta Ba he released his first solo album bin 2012, and he is currently working on a new album. Majd holds BA degree of Civil Engineering certified from the Faculty of Engineering Technology at the BAU-Amman.
Mike Lolly PFIl & Video Instructor Turning Tables Kenya
Åsmund Boye KvernelandProject Manager
As a power house DJ, Musician and producer Åsmund has engaged in all possible and impossible creative events and projects for more than 15 years. He is now channeling his crazy energy and talent into developing a range of new initiatives and projects for Turning Tables in Denmark and abroad.
Klara ChristensenProject Manager, Turning Tables Myanmar
Klara is coordinator of Turning Table’s outreach project in Myanmar in 2015 and part of the TT Myanmar lab. She has worked with music and performance as a means of creative activism with marginalized youth in Guatemala, and has been head of the Danish youth organization International Debate, which works towards creating awareness on international politic issues. During her time at the Danish UN-mission in New York she has specialized in conflicts in Asia and the Middle East, and in 2012 she worked as a journalist covering the ethnic divides in youth politics in Lebanon. Klara holds a BA in Political Science and is currently studying civil society in post-conflict societies.
Sophia Dörffer HvalkofAssistant Project Manager - Turning Tables Denmark
Sophia is assistant project manager at Turning Tables Denmark in Copenhagen. She has worked and volunteered for several years in the NGO sector, and
been involved in a number of projects that has focused on the rights of refugees and migrants in Denmark and abroad.
Sophia holds a BA in International Migration and Ethnic Relations from Malmö University.
Carrol NjeriAdministrative Manager - Turning Tables Kenya
Carrol is a creative and spirited administrating manager for Turning Tables Kenya with 7 years of experience in project management, community development, finance and administration from schools and community projects.
Carrol holds a degree in B.comm and diploma in project management.
Marija BukauskaitėAssistant Project Manager
Marija is assistant project manager responsible for coordinating the Danish outreach activities for marginalized youth. She is a gifted entrepeneur and has been working as a Development Instructor for over two years in Denmark and Zambia.
Martin HøjlandProject Manager, Fundraising and Coordination - Turning Tables Denmark
Martin took part in the initial workshop in Lebanon 2009. and is now project manager responsible for fundraising and coordination. Martin is part of ‘Den Sorte Skole’, holds a Master in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark and has been working within the fields of development and global economy at the Danish NGO, Ibis, the Danish Foreign Ministry and the Danish Institute for International Studies.
Phone Myat AungFIlm Instructor - Turning Tables Myanmar
Phone Myat Aung a.k.a Mg Mg is a special editing and filming talent with eye for turning the world up side down. He is responsible for conducting Film trainings and shooting music videos at Turning Tables Myanmar. Mg Mg has 4 years of experience as a freelancer and has worked with TV broadcasting for MR-TV4.
Htet Myat AungVOY Project Manager - Turning Tables Myanmar
Htet Myat Aung aka. Htet Htet has been working with Turning Tables since 2015. He is a hardworking logistic master mind that always lead from the front and carry the team with his positive attitude. He is currently project manger of The Voice of the Youth social cohesion program 2016.
Nay Soe MyatMusic Instructor -Turning Tables Myanmar
Nay Soe Myat is a talented producer and song writer. He is currently undertaking the task of developing innovative music training for social change and producing music as instructor for Turning Tables Myanmar
Kyaw Zay Ya aka Sunshine has been working in artist management with Turning Tables for the VOY 2016 and is currently Lab Manager in Yangon. He has 4 years experience as a senior operation manager and has worked with Local Management Agency. Sunshine is bringing tons of positive energy and know how to the team and is dedicated to raising the bar of quality and professionalism.
Ghassen MtimetStreet Art Advisor
The course of Ghassen Mtimet is always directed towards the visual arts and music; it feeds on Eastern influences, jazz, soul, hip hop, contemporary painting, street art.
The street is for him a place of expression for him to freely express his ideas and positions.
He first studied visual communication and the performing arts in Montpellier. Then, he expanded his agency experience as a graphic designer and illustrator.
Meanwhile, he develops his own creations and creates sunra, a multi-faceted art project in which he concentrated all his universe: romantic, modern and urban.
In particular, he created several collages in support of Jabeur Mejri, Tunisian political prisoner.
He has participated in several events organized by Turning Tables and contributed with street art performances.
May Hla Myat ThuTraining Coordinator
May Hla Myat Thu is training coordinator tasked with Supporting and Supervising the Turning Tables training regarding promoting social cohesion and empowering youth. May is dedicated to infuse self belief and skills for the Myanmar Youth to become the change they want to see in the world.
Ye Yint AungEvent & Communication Coordinator
Ye Yint was born to be an artist and is currently the Event & Communication Coordinator for Turning Tables Myanmar. He has been connected with Turning Tables Myanmar since 2014 where he was joint as a trainer who trained for Creative Activism and Campaigning. Yint lead the festival team and managed all volunteers for the VOY 2016 Festival in Yangon. Ye Yint graduated with Social Studies from BARS and an ambassador of CGP.
Zaki YoussefDrill Sergeant & Training developer - Turning Tables Denmark
Zaki is a many headed mythical creative monster straight out of the dungeons of Rap. At Turning Tables Denmark he utilizes his experience as a musician, actor, director and play wright to plan, improvise and conduct creative training for unaccompanied refugees to give voice to their problems, hopes and dreams.
Arthur Mühlen-SchulteCountry Director - Turning Tables Germany
Yazan MashiniPhoto instructor - Turning Tables Jordan
Yazan Mashini is a Photographer/ Videographer, specialized in capturing portraits, Nature and artistic scenes. He has been in the industry for five years. and his artistic view always takes his work to the next level.
Amr Abu EitahFilm Instructor - Turing Tables Jordan
Amr Abu aita is a video editor, Creative Director and and Artist, visual effects expert currently based in Amman, Jordan. He received his BA in Civil engineering from AL Balqa’ Applied University. His passion to video editing, lead him on a self learning experience, that resulted in working in multitude of projects in Thailand, Dubai and Amman. He has been in the industry for seven years and his eagerness to learn keeps on pushing him to achieve the impossible.