The Founder

Aimee Ghanem

Meet Aimee Ghanem, the visionary behind Sworld. With extensive experience in social work and research, Aimee is committed to creating positive change in society.

Her leadership has brought together a team of passionate professionals from diverse backgrounds, all united in their mission to empower social work practitioners and advance the field. Aimee's unique perspective and ideas drive the innovative work at Sworld.

The Founder

Leading Researcher on Social Work Archive

Mrs. Hyam Kahi

Pioneer Social Worker - With over 40 years of experience in social work, from field work, to reseach, education, and the management and leadership of academic institutions, Hyam has been a witness of the advancement of Social Work in Lebanon since 1968 and is dedicated to the development of the profession. After leading Saint Joseph University (USJ)'s Lebanese School of Social Work (Ecole Libanaise de Formation Sociale (ELFS)) as Director from 1984 to 1998, she helped launch the University Center For Family and Community Health (Centre Universitaire de Sante Familiale et Communautaire (CUSFC)) at Saint Joseph University in 1999, which she then led for 13 years. She is now a member of the Lebanese National Ethics Committee for Kidney Transplant as well as Hotel Dieu de France (USJ)'s Ethics Committee. She has also been appointed as Honorary Director of the Lebanese School of Social Work (ELFS) since 2003, and as a "Trusted Person" at Saint Joseph University since 2015. Hyam holds a Masters in Social Work from Laval University in Quebec and a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Saint Joseph University in Beirut.

Project Coordinator

Mrs. Areej Azzam

Holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a Technical License in Education. Dedicated to addressing social challenges through compassionate support and meaningful interventions.

The Collaborators

Mrs. Lisa Mends

Holds a bachelor’s degree in social work and a master degree in “International Social Work with Refugees and Migrants”. She is working as a research assistant at the Technical University of Applied Sciences Würzburg-Schweinfurt (THWS), coordinating higher education exchange projects with Lebanon and Jordan. Her research interests are anti-racist social work (education), migration and diversity studies. She is a doctoral student of the graduate college ‘educational processes in anti-discriminatory academic teaching’ at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. Email: [email protected]

Prof. Hannah Reich

Holds a professorship on artistic and movement-oriented methods in social work in the Faculty of Applied Social Science at the Technical University of Applied Science Würzburg Schweinfurt (THWS), Würzburg, Germany. Her expertise lies in participatory, experienced based methods for knowledge generation, with focus on community building, conflict transformation and self-care / empowerment. She specializes in using various forms of interactive theater, mindfulness, and experience-based learning for conscientization, to broaden human perception, consciousness, interconnection, and embodied presence as an integral part of the planet earth. She aims at fostering the perception of purpose, deep connection and belonging to nurture self-worthiness leading to responsible action, creativity, and engagement for the creation of a new Earth. Email: [email protected]