Hi Tracy! You are the founder of Coffee and Politics in Lebanon. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I come from an engineering background, followed by public policy and international affairs. I have never been involved in politics in Lebanon because I always felt I did not belong to any group or political party. But I have seen what can b e done in other countries, and I couldn’t understand why we couldn’t do the same in Lebanon. I believe in community work and the power of a small group of people working together towards a common cause. I believe in individuals, in building connections with people from different backgrounds and opinions, and in small-scale change. I started Coffee & Politics with a very simple aspiration: I wanted to learn more about politics and take back my Lebanese and Arab culture. I wanted to learn about our civil war, the way our government functions, our legal frameworks, the political parties in power and our history.