The Media Majlis at Northwestern University in Qatar

Making the Change: Finding your MOJO


Find out how in this interactive seminar led by Sumaiya and Yusuf Omar, co-founders of @HashtagOurStories. The Omars’ will explain how they are using their platform to talk about COVID-19 stories and inviting others to join the discussion. They will provide guidance on how to best use your smartphone to tell stories and share with you some of their most inspiring stories to date.  This discussion will be introduced and moderated by Marcela Pizarro, assistant professor in residence at Northwestern Qatar.


Tuesday, October 20


6:30 p.m.


Tickets can be reserved here.


Yusuf Omar
Yusuf Omar is a multi-award-winning journalist, TEDx speaker, former CNN Senior Social Media Reporter on Snapchat and former Mobile Editor at the Hindustan Times in India where he empowered 750 journalists to tell stories with their phones. He has been a foreign correspondent with phones since 2010 and covered the Syrian civil war. Omar is also the co-founder of Hashtag Our Stories, an organization that has trained over 3,000 storytellers in 140 countries to create videos with their phones and wearable camera glasses.

Sumaiya Omar
Sumaiya Omar is Co-founder and CEO of Hashtag Our Stories, a video publisher that reached over a billion views in 2019. Her company was recently invested in by Snap Inc. Omar has spent five years experimenting with emerging news platforms and conducting mobile journalism workshops globally. She has shared her storytelling project on stages around the world, including the United Nations.