Jihan is half-Syrian, half-Libyan and was raised in France and the United States. She has a BA in International and Comparative Politics with a concentration in Human Rights, Development, Philosophy, and International Law from the American University of Paris, and an MA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study with a focus on art education, storytelling, and healing arts. Her body painting project & exhibit “Painted Stories, Spirited Bodies” was recognized in NYU’s Confluence online magazine, and her article “Libya, My father, and I” was published in Kalimat Magazine: Arab Thought and Culture, 2012. Jihan is committed to sharing and discovering how free expression can be a vehicle for empowerment and understanding.  She is directing and writing her first documentary film, Searching For Kikhia about her the disappearance of her father, who was an opposition leader to Qaddafi’s regime (www.mansurkikhia.org).