Jonathan Giesen Jonathan Giesen

Jonathan, TTM’s CEO and co-founder, is a successful media and social entrepreneur with 16 years of experience in the IT and media sector. During the course of his career, he has raised over 15 million dollars in funding from industry leaders including Amazon, Verizon, Polycom, and ABC. At the age of 25, he co-founded the innovative broadcasting firm, Global Nomads Group (GNG), where he pioneered solutions for educational exchange using breakthroughs in interactive video conferencing and satellite technology. These efforts were recognized for their innovation by Goldman Sachs and the US Distance Learning Association amongst others and were showcased on: CNN, Good Morning America, the Today Show, and in the New York Times. Through his leadership, GNG’s broadcast area grew to over 40 countries, specializing in conflict zones like Rwanda, Darfur, Iraq, and Haiti. In 2009, he saw an opportunity to transition the deep story coverage of GNG to a greater global audience, while also meeting the rising demand for in-depth international programming. TTM was subsequently born, and the bootstrapped site was launched from Cairo two days before the Egyptian Revolution. The company’s first sales followed rapidly, further proving the viability of this new model, and opening additional funding opportunities. This early recognition validated the initial vision and continues to drive growth and future market disruption at TTM.

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Damascus
By Jonathan Giesen
14 Nov 2017

This is where I write the who, what, where and when

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Plastic Trash: Togo
Lomé
By Jonathan Giesen
15 Aug 2017

A series of videos about the trash problem in Togo.

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World Food Program Food Distribution ...
Tripoli
By Jonathan Giesen
20 May 2017

On May 20th, 2017, the World Food Program distributed food to Tawergha IDPs in the Falaha Camp 2 in the suburbs of Tripoli. This photo collection of 20 photos highlights the both the food distribution and the living conidions of the Tawergha IDPs. 

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London
By Jonathan Giesen
12 May 2017

Illustrating how to create a new collection. 

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WFP Adam Camp, Bar Elias, Lebanon May...
Bar Elias
By Jonathan Giesen
02 May 2017

Interviews with the WFP Executive Director, Mr. David Beasley; Syrian Refugees and supporting B-Roll in Adam Camp, Bar Elias, Lebanon May 1, 2017.

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New Delhi
By Jonathan Giesen
17 Apr 2017

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The Kurdish Bride
Yozgat
By Jonathan Giesen
14 Dec 2016

Texts and photographs by Michele Cirillo and Emanuela Laurenti. Premise Only scratched the surface by the passing of time, by the Islamic conquest and other foreign dominations, the Kurdish culture is now in danger of being forgotten, or worse, losing its true identity, confused in recent years with the Muslim or Turkish tradition. Put through to the Ottoman Empire and then divided by the Western powers in the four states of Turkey, Iraq, Iran and Syria, in the last ninety years, the Kurds have been victims of persecutions and slaughters that occurred with greater ferocity in Turkey, where a regime of forced repression resented every expression of their cultural identity. “Mountain Turks”. As Turks called Kurdish people. But in those mountains, dominated by the great Ararat, unquestionably still persist the flavors of ancient and specific traditions, traces of a thousand-years old past, vestiges of a precise and recognizable identity. Among those mountains, the first days of the wedding of Sükran and Samet took place, a symbolic union, especially because of their origins and historical events: Sükran is Kurdish, Samet is Turkish. Our journey starts here. In August 2014, at Xarik place as first, in Eastern Anatolia, and at Yozgat then, in Central Anatolia. The Wedding In the social structure Kurdish family is considered an inseparable unit: it is the core on which dipend the whole society and its importance is manifested on the occasion of a marriage. Specifically, the Sükran and Samet wedding party lasted five days: the first part of the celebrations was held in the bride family home, in the altitudes of Xarik, with sober characters although colored. The remaining four days of celebrations, took place, with the most sumptuous atmospheres, in the groom's family house. In Yozgat, a Turkish small town. The criteria that direct the marriage of two young people often depend on the relationship between their families. Even if there is not anymore the custom to give in marriage young girls, young men have some freedom of choice, young women even less, waiting for a sincere marriage proposal. The history of Sükran and Samet, fortunately, is a different story.

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Undiscovered Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
By Jonathan Giesen
23 May 2012

Undiscovered Egypt is a TTM Production TV Series featuring Ramy Romany.

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Haiti 2010
Port au Prince, Haiti
By Jonathan Giesen
17 Feb 2010

A series of videos produced in the wake of the Earthquake that struck Haiti in early January 2010.

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Divas of Karachi
Karachi
By Jonathan Giesen
29 May 2017

The first episode of Divas of Karachi introduces a group of fashionable, successful socialites in Pakistan who are doing all they can to change the image of their hometown, Karachi, the 4th largest city in the world.

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Hepatitis C | TED Film
Islamabad
By Jonathan Giesen
12 Jun 2018

Our global access programs have helped more than 1.7 million people in developing countries access hepatitis C treatment. In countries like Pakistan, which has the second-highest burden of HCV in the world, we are implementing a first-of-its-kind program that will allow local production of authorized generic versions of our HCV medicines to help ensure people can access them at the lowest cost possible.

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Internet Rights - TIME Magazine
Karachi
By Jonathan Giesen
30 Mar 2015

Nighat Dad has taught thousands of Pakistanis how to protect themselves. The overwhelming response is why Dad, a 34-year-old lawyer who used to practice criminal and family law, set up the Digital Rights Foundation in 2012. The not-for-profit organization educates Pakistanis, particularly young women, about how to respond to online harassment.

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Life on a CIA Kill List in Pakistan
Peshawar
By Jonathan Giesen
15 Mar 2016

Malik Jalal says he's on a secret CIA kill list and has narrowly escaped death by drone four times. He is part of the North Waziristan Peace Committee (NWPC), which is based in a region of Pakistan that has seen more than 300 documented strikes, according to The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

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March on Islamabad - VICE
Islamabad
By Jonathan Giesen
30 Aug 2004

This month has seen the largest demonstrations against the Pakistani government in more than 20 years. Imran Khan, a professional cricket player turned politician, and popular cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri led followers in a "revolution march" from Lahore to Islamabad against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. VICE News was on the ground to witness some 200,000 people rally for democracy in Pakistan.

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Meet Pakistan’s First Transgender RJ ...
Islamabad
By Jonathan Giesen
30 Mar 2007

The Centrum Media PortfolioMeet Pakistan’s first transgender RJ Kashish, who is changing prevailing perceptions about her community through a Radio program.

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Pakistan's Populist Imran Khan: Cross...
Islamabad
By Jonathan Giesen
30 Jan 2018

Imran Garda travels to Pakistan to meet the country’s leading opposition leader, Imran Khan (Current PM), and to explore its rich and at times turbulent democracy.

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The Road that Links China and Pakista...
Islamabad
By Jonathan Giesen
27 Jun 2017

BC Dangerous Borders A Journey Across India and Pakistan

Journalists Babita Sharma and Adnan Sarwar are beginning their epic journey along the still-contentious border that divides India and Pakistan. 70 years after the Partition of India and the creation of Pakistan, the pair are travelling either side of the 2,000-mile border to discover the realities of the lives there. Beginning in Adipur, which started life as a refugee camp for Hindus fleeing the newly created Muslim state of Pakistan, Babita discovers a town which now intriguingly hosts the only Charlie Chaplin festival in the world. Gandhi, who was born here in Gujarat, met Chaplin in Britain in 1931, and the memory of this unlikely friendship is kept alive today by this event.

On the other side of the border, Adnan explores the cultural life of the metropolis of Karachi. Creatives are often at the forefront of social change, whether through art which questions social norms or fashion, which is creating a role for itself on the 21st-century international catwalk. Women in both countries are challenging how they have been traditionally constrained, from the women bikers who Babita meets in India to the female artist in Pakistan who asks potentially dangerous questions about female sexuality and a young woman who believes that she will win Pakistan's first gold Olympic medal for boxing.

Adnan also meets members of the Sheedis, a little-known African community who have lived on the Indian subcontinent for over 800 years and who are now fighting discrimination in Pakistan. Babita travels north into the salt flats of the Rann of Kutch, whose residents are held back by the caste system. Here, lives have barely changed since partition and there seems little will to make these people's lives better.

The journeys both end in the mighty Thar Desert, which was split between the two countries and which has been the scene of conflict as recently at 1999. Whether Indian or Pakistani, this is a virtually uncrossable border. Partition left searing scars and divided families that, 70 years later, are still not reconciled.

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Boxing Girl
Karachi
By Jonathan Giesen
17 Mar 2015

Pakistan's only female boxing club in Karachi.