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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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

TestingRohingya man disembarks at Shah Porir Dwip Island, on the Bangladeshis side of the Naf River separating Burma from Bangladesh, after fleeing the ethnic cleansing the Burmese State is perpetrating on his people. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

TestinRohingya refugee arriving at night to the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River in Shah Porir Dwip Island, fleeing the ethnic cleansing her people is suffering at the hands of the Burmese State. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugees arrive to Shah Porir Dwip Island, (Bangladesh) in the Naf River, which serves as border between Burma and Bangladesh, fleeing the ethnic cleansing that the Burmese State is carrying out against their people. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

TestingRohingya man disembarks at Shah Porir Dwip Island, on the Bangladeshis side of the Naf River separating Burma from Bangladesh, after fleeing the ethnic cleansing the Burmese State is perpetrating on his people. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya refugees rest near the shore of the Naf River in the Bangladeshi island of Sha Porir Dwip while the Border Guard of Bangladesh count them, shortly after having disembarked in the country, in their escape from the ethnic cleansing their people people is suffering at the hands of the State in Burma. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
12 Oct 2017

Rohingya child in the arms of her mother, part of a group refugees resting near the shore of the Naf River, in the Bangladeshi island of Shah Porir Dwip, while the Border Guard of Bangladesh count them, shortly after having disembarked in the country, in their escape from the ethnic cleansing their people people is suffering at the hands of the State in Burma. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya men line up in front of the Border Guard of Bangladesh shortly after having disembarked in Shah Porir Dwip Island, in the Naf River separating Burma from Bangladesh, after fleeing the ethnic cleansing their people are suffering at the hands of the State in Burma. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugee arrives at night to the Bangladeshi side of the Naf River in Shah Porir Dwip Island, fleeing the ethnic cleansing her people is suffering at the hands of the Burmese State. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
12 Oct 2017

A family of Rohingya refugees walk in Shah Porir Dwip Island, in the River Naf, which separates Burma from Bangladesh, after having arrived from Burma the previous night. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
12 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya men line up in front of the Border Guard of Bangladesh shortly after having disembarked in Shah Porir Dwip Island, in the Naf River separating Burma from Bangladesh, after fleeing the ethnic cleansing their people are suffering at the hands of the State in Burma. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
12 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya refugees wait to continue their journey in Shah Porir Dwip Island, in the Naf River which divides Burma from Bangladesh, after crossing the previous night from Burma. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya mother with her daughter, in group of Rohingya people resting at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
17 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya mother comforts her exhausted daughter while they are waiting at dawn to proceed to the processing center for refugees after having crossed at night the Naf River by boat to Bangladesh's Shah Porir Dwip Island, fleeing the ethnic cleansing that the Burmese State is perpetrating against their people. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya mother plays with her son while they wait at dawn to proceed to a processing center for refugees after having crossed at night the Naf River by boat to Bangladesh's Shah Porir Dwip Island, fleeing the ethnic cleansing the Burmese State is perpetrating against their people. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
23 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya women walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people are checked by the Bangladeshi Army on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya man and woman walk at dawn to the processing center for refugees after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people rest at dawn, on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

Rohingya mother and her son while waiting at dawn to proceed to a processing center for refugees after having crossed at night the Naf River by boat to Bangladesh's Shah Porir Dwip Island, fleeing the ethnic cleansing the Burmese State is perpetrating against their people. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya women and children wait at the processing center for refugees near Sha Porir Dwip Island, to be identified and taken to one of the sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya women and children wait at the processing center for refugees near Sha Porir Dwip Island, to be identified and taken to one of the sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Two Rohingya boys watch as the Bangladeshi Army builds a new road crossing the sprawling refugee camps in camps. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Huts in Balukhali refugee camp where thousands of Rohingya huddle after fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
16 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya people are checked by the Bangladeshi Army on their way to the processing center for refugees, after having disembarked at night in the shore of Bangladesh, fleeing ethnic cleansing in Burma. 17 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya unload a truck with sacks of food to be distributed at Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 11 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

A group of Rohingya women and children wait at the processing center for refugees near Sha Porir Dwip Island, to be identified and taken to one of the sprawling refugee camps in Bangladesh. 13 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Group of Rohingya women at Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 11 October 2017.