Born in 1974 in Beit Chabab, Lebanon, Hisham Ashkar is a researcher, urban planner, architect, cartographer, photographer, and investigative journalist. He has a Dr. rer. pol. (Doktor rerum politicarum – doctorate in economic, social, and political sciences) degree from HafenCity Universität Hamburg, a Master Research’s degree in urban planning from the Lebanese University – Department of Urban Planning, and a D.E.S. (Diplôme d’Études Supérieures) degree in architecture from the Lebanese University – Fine Arts Institute. He has worked with several prominent architectural firms on various projects covering interior, architectural and urban designs. His photos and maps have been featured in several publications and websites. He has worked on many plays, short films and documentaries and his activities include graffiti, graphic design and creating board games.
Hisham is a co-founder of the NGO Lebanon Support, a member of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Beirut and has been an active member in different organizations, including the Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections, Indymedia-Beirut and Samidoun Media Center.
He has lived in Paris and Berlin and presently resides in Beirut.