Reuben is a writer, journalist, illustrator and issue driven activist. During his career he has spent a large amount of time working and living in the Middle East and South Asia. He first visited Pakistan in 2005, just after the devastating earthquakes and has been returning to the region ever since. He worked as a journalist and documented the ever changing political landscape, the ongoing war with the Taliban and the impending US presence in the border regions.
Reuben has also lived and worked in Syria, where he was fortunate enough to experience the beauty of the region before the current conflict began. He was based in Damascus and formed a great love for the Syrian people and way of life.
Currently Reuben is the Co-Founder of this wonderful platform, Creative Ummah and hopes that it will inspire, empower and educate as many people as possible.
He also co-founded an awesome initiative called Muslim Funaddicts, a project that actively empowers people to breakdown common negative stereotypes and misconceptions that continue to surround the Muslim community.
Reuben has worked on many projects in the community sector with the LMA, aimed at building more community cohesion and positive growth. They ranged from inter-school poetry slams, Harmony Day events, a feature film, training programs for religious leaders and workers, up-skilling initiatives for local organisations and community network for parents and children, just to name a few.
Reuben is a classically trained artist and has been drawing ever since he could pick up a pencil. Credentials wise, he has a Bachelor degree in Fine Art from the National Art School. He studied photography and majored in Middle Eastern art and early Islamic ceramics before furthering his creative pursuits by completing a Master degree in Media Practice from the University of Sydney. Writing has always been a strong component of his work and continues to be so, so pursuing journalism was the logical next step.
To date Reuben has worked on projects in Australia, Bahrain, Indonesia, Kuwait, London, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Syria, and the UAE. There is always something on the drawing board, so watch this space for new exciting projects and initiatives.
Have a peek at some of his political cartoons…
Check out more of his work here at his website.