Leila Nachawati Rego

Spanish-Syrian writer devoted to social justice






Communications Officer for APC.org. Nov 2014-present

APC is a network of activists committed to supporting organizations, social movements and individuals through the use of information and communication technologies  

Professor of Communications at Carlos III University, Madrid; Jan 2012-present I have taught three courses: Online Participation and Citizen Communication; International Journalism; and Information and Conflict: Media Projections of Violence

Co-founder and Communications Manager of Syria Untold; January 2013-present

Syria Untold is a digital archive and aggregator of creative contents associated to the civic movement and civil-society building in Syria. 

Researcher for the Web Index; April-June 2013

The Web Index analyses the state of the internet per country and scope

Communications and social media consultant; 2010-present

  • Ars Electronica Prix: Jury member – Digital Communities category

  • RedLab Latino: Consultant on the use of digital and collaborative tools for a network of artists from Latin American countries. Project financed by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.

  • Bidna Capoeira: NGO devoted to social inclusion through sports based in Syria. I developed their online communication strategy, contributed to building their online community and trained staff and volunteers in the use of collaborative tools.

  • Campus Party Millennium Granada: I was in charge of designing the program and contents related to human rights, social media and citizen empowerment on the special edition focusing on the Mediterranean.

Correspondent, Global Voices Online; 2011-present

  • Arab Bloggers Meeting: Member of the steering committee of the 2014 edition.

  • Global Voices’ Advocacy project: I represented the Middle East and North Africa constituency at the Policy Advocacy committee.

  • Tutor for the Global Voices’ Blogger Swarm Mentorship initiative, that aims to help activists from all over the world improve their blogging skills while getting comfortable with using digital tools for collaborative work and online networking.

Journalist, Eldiario.es; 2012-present

International spokesperson, AERCO; 2010-212

I represented and sat on the Board of AERCO, the Spanish Association of Online Communication Managers.

Online community manager at EOI; 2007-2011

Managed online communication and community building for Spain’s school for industrial organization (EOI), which had little digital presence until 2007. Co-created and implemented communication and social media strategy, helped build and maintain an online community based on the School’s alumni and professors. Increased awareness of digital tools across the company and provided training in their use in order to create a collaborative virtual environment. Tracked and reported activity at community sites and around the brand on external sites, including suggestions and feedback for management and executive levels.


  • 2009-2010: Volunteer, Syrian Observatory for Women´s Rights (Damascus, Syria)

  • 2006-2007: International Cooperation Assistant, Agencia Andaluza de Cooperación Internacional (Tetuan, Morocco).

  • 2002-2005: Trainer for Spanish language teachers, University of Santiago de Compostela. Courses of Grammar Didactics, Didactic Material and Conversation.

  • 2003-2005: Spanish teacher, Cervantes Institute (Damascus, Syria).

  • 2000-2003: Spanish teacher, University of Kansas. Beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.


Carlos III University, Madrid: Currently pursuing a PhD in Media Research

University of Granada, 2006: MA, International Cooperation and NGO Management

University of Granada, 2005: B.A. in Arabic Studies

University of Kansas, 2002: M.A. in Hispanic Studies

University of Santiago de Compostela, 2000: B.A. in English Studies

University of Damascus, 2007: Certificate of advanced level of Arabic

EOI, Madrid, 2007-2008: Executive Degree in Marketing


IAI – GMF´s Mediterranean Paper Series

Global Voices Advocacy

ISN (International Security Network):

Al Jazeera English

El Mundo



Fluent in Spanish (native), Galician, English and Arabic.

Advanced level of Italian (certificate, University of Kansas), Intermediate French (certificate from the French Institute of Tetouan, Morocco).

Experience working with content management systems, content platforms, collaborative tools, management of social media, monitoring and tracking tools.



Speaker at Newsxchange, “Covering a war without correspondents” (November 13-15) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtyEGBB6DW4

Panelist at the National Conference for Media Reform (April 3-5)


Speaker at re:publica 2012: “Citizen empowerment against brutality”


Jury member at Ars Electronica Prix – Digital Communities (April 20-22)

Speaker at 14th Kronberg Talks: “Europe, Turkey and the Mediterranean. Fostering Cooperation, Strengthening Relations”. Istanbul, Turkey (May 14-16)Speaker at IEMED (European Institute of the Mediterranean). “Syria: one year of uprisings”


Advanced course on Internet Governance and Human Rights, by Hivos and Diplofoundation. (2013-2014)

Movie script and Documentaries course, by Factoría del Guión, Madrid (2008)

Teacher of Spanish to immigrants, with NGO Cáritas, Granada (2003-2006)

Volunteer for the Movimiento por la Paz, el Desarme y la Libertad, Granada (2005-2006)

Volunteer for the Association Granada Acoge (2005)

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