Tony is from Scotland and started Mishwar in 2016 while living in Akkar, Lebanon. Tony has a background in music, having been a member of the world’s largest circus in China among other things. Tony eats porridge and plays bagpipes like the cliched Scotsman he is!


Ayman, from just over the border in Syria, seen here in his natural habitat – racing towards a snow-ball fight with the kids – is another badass addition to the Mishwar team, being highly skilled across domains and including snowball fights!



Dana is a local from the nearby region of Koura (that is her normal face, btw). She runs a yoga school in Beirut and comes to teach the kids yoga here too, among many other things she does for Mishwar and the kids! 


Naila is half Scottish/Lebanese and brings her marketing and organisational skills to Mishwar. She also has 5 kids – 12 if you include the Mishwar team!


Patrick is a professional animation artist from Lebanon whose art skills have taken him all over the world. When not drawing and creating, Patrick will most likely be found doing everything he can to help everyone he can!

David & Shan

David and Shan are from Italy and England respectively and work together on projects also with Operazione Columba who also work locally. They ran a great Capoeira class at two ITS camps and when not teaching the world some ancient martial arts they can be found at Mishwar HQ eating chocolate spread!


Youssef is Akkar’s baddest producer, bringing his unique cocktail of Arab hip-hop and chill vibes to the mishwar team. When not spinning rhymes and beats with the kids he’ll mostly be found spinning rhymes and beats with the Akkar rap group Ghoraba (check them out online, they’re awesome)


Mowgli is our youngest team member at 1 year and a bit. She’s the most local and well-known of us all and when not pooping on the carpet she can be found destroying some potted plants or chewing that valuable thing you just left on the coffee table a minute ago.