Conversation with Hani Soubra

Wellevate Life Podcast

Jul 5 2022 • 1 hr 2 mins


Hani is Lebanese, born in Beirut in 1967. He lives in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. While working for BBC for 14 years he published his first two books Letters to Dalia: Reflections on Lebanon and the Middle East and Conversation with Abed.

The third book is entitled Islam the brand. It is a provocative book that handles the declining image of the brand Islam, and the prevailing perceptions around it. In 2016, Hani was published in the book The Other Hundred Educators, which was published by GIFT. The book is about stories of educators from around the world. Hani’s views on education are summarised by teaching empathy, which is probably more important than teaching mathematics or languages.

For four consecutive years, from 2010 to 2014, Hani actively participated in the Emirates Festival of Literature. His sessions, as described by close colleagues “always filled the room.” His most memorable sessions were a one-on-one with Riz Khan and a panelist that included Anthony Bevor, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Eugene Rogan and Abdul Bari Atwan.

He helped in defining empathy and its functionality in building better humans and communities at large on Wellevate Life PODCAST.

In this episode we discuss

  • Hani’s childhood and professional journey
  • Hani Soubra’s writing career as an author
  • Effects of expressive writing
  • Writing by Hand vs Typing
  • Writing on Fiction vs Non Fiction
  • How did Hani create the Time and Space for writing
  • How is the ‘Woke culture’ influencing writing
  • How does Hani promote writing to be a part of community
  • What is the right way of nurturing children while they grow up
  • Does self-responsibility play a role in a person’s being empathetic?
  • Issues with modern schooling systems

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