Professor in Film
Bernard Hage, commonly known as “The Art of Boo”, is a Lebanese illustrator and one of Lebanon’s prominent political cartoonists. He publishes weekly in L’Orient Le Jour. His latest book, “Anatomy of A Hummus Plate”, is a compilation of satirical cartoons that serves as an introduction to the Lebanese social and political scene, and in which Lebanon’s collapse is documented chronologically through a dark sense of humor. Bernard’s work has been shared and covered by regional and international media. Currently, he resides in Berlin, Germany. More on theartofboo.com
Professor in Japanese Studies
Dr. Habib Badawi is a scholar in Japanese Studies since 2005, with a dissertation on the Modern History of Japan. He an Assistant Professor at the Lebanese University and a freelance researcher in International Relations. In 2016, he became the coordinator of the "United States of America History and Civilization" course at the History Department for the university's five branches. Dr. Badawi earned the "Academic Excellence Award in the Arab World” for the category of “Academic Personality of the Year 2018" for his role in introducing "Japanese studies" to the Arab world as a stand-alone academic field of "Human Sciences".
KANIYA COLLECTIVE is not a traditional academic scholarship. For our jury, the decisive criteria are outstanding personalities with ambition that are socially engaged and care about the future of Lebanon, rather than excellent grades.
The selection process of scholars is driven exclusively by our jury, with minimal involvement of the KANIYA board. This is how we ensure KANIYA remains a grassroots organisation for the Lebanese people.
We want to support the generation affected by the economic crisis. The Jury reflects our holistic approach, being experts from different professional backgrounds that are united in their motivation to offer students a possibility in the midst of these challenging times.