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Meet Ninwa Hanna, Coraggio’s New Destination Strategy & Research Consultant

By Ninwa Hanna

We’d like to introduce you to Ninwa! Ninwa joins the Coraggio team as a Destination Strategy and Research Consultant, and has a history of excelling at tourism strategy and implementation, relationship building, logistics management, and following through to achieve and exceed project goals. We are so very excited to have her on board, welcome Ninwa!

 

What were you doing prior to Coraggio?
I spent the first part of my professional career in the non-profit sector, working on human rights and humanitarian issues pertaining to Syrian refugees. I then transitioned to the travel industry, working for a large international tour operator specializing in the Middle East & North Africa. I utilized expert knowledge to customize itineraries for clients and managed the logistics from start to finish. I also launched two destinations as product offerings for the company to the US market. Most recently, I was a Tourism Strategy Associate specializing in the MENA region, where I used my destination knowledge to draft white papers for pitches to prospective clients on tourism & travel related to the region. I supported content development & presentations as well as met with prospective clients to discuss strategy around increasing tourism to their destinations.

What excites you about working at Coraggio?
I love the opportunity to research and learn more about different domestic, off-the-beaten path destinations. I’m a fixer so it excites me to identify challenges that destinations are facing and brainstorm solutions that can positively impact visitor experience and bring awareness to all that these places have to offer. I also think it’s an incredible team with diverse backgrounds and so its excited to see the collaboration come to life when these different perspectives and lenses come together.

What are some of the biggest influences on your thinking?
I think straddling two worlds between being an American and also being a child of immigrants has infinitely shaped the way I think and approach life. There is a quote that says “So here you are, too foreign for home, too foreign for here. Never enough for both” and I think that speaks volumes of the way children of immigrants commonly feel. Being raised in a kind of hybrid culture has allowed me to take the best of two perspectives and create my own.

Share with our readers something that you are personally passionate about.
I’m very passionate about my heritage and breaking stigmas within our community. I’m passionate about social issues such as women’s rights, racial discrimination, reproductive health, and bullying.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • Reading (I’m a big bookworm)
  • Sending time with my family (my husband and baby daughter)
  • I’m also a big foodie and love trying unique foods from all over the world
  • Exploring historic sites and museums

What’s your personal motto?
Be the change you wish to see in the world – Mahatma Gandhi