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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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
10 Oct 2017

A man walks by a queue of Rohingya refugees in a food distribution center in Balukhali camp, in Bangladesh. 11 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Two Rohingya children play at Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 12 October 2017

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugee with her son at Balukhali Refugee camp. Senuwara arrived to the camp the night before the picture was taken, after fleeing her village in Buthidaung (Arakan State, Burma), with her husband and her in-laws. She had given birth to her baby, Robi Alam, eight days before, while she was on her way to Bangladesh. 11 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Group of Rohingya women and children at Nayapara Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

Rohingya woman rests at her makeshift hut in Nayapara Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
09 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugees queue at the food distribution center in Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 11 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
11 Oct 2017

TestinChildren fighting to enter a food distribution center at Balukhali refugee camp, in Bangladesh. More than half a million Rohingya have crossed from Burma since late August, fleeing the ethnic cleansing being perpetrated by the Burmese State. Many of them are children. After days of walking to the Bangladeshi border and waiting to cross, they arrive exhausted and starved to Bangladesh, to camps seriously overstretched and where malnutrition is rife. 12 October 2017.g

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Cox's Bazaar
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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Rohingya refugees queue at the food distribution center in Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Rohingya girl struggles to enter into a food distribution center in Balukhali Refugee Camp, in the midst of a crowd of starving refugees. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
10 Oct 2017

Bangladeshi doctor administers a vaccine against cholera to a child refugee at Balukhali Refugee Camp, in Bangladesh. 12 October 2017.

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Cox's Bazaar
By Jonathan Giesen
15 Oct 2017

More than 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed to Bangladesh fleeing a campaign of ethnic cleansing carried out by the Burmese military since a recently emerged Rohingya insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), launched a series of coordinated attacks against positions of the Burmese security forces on 25 August. This is already the fastest human exodus since the genocide in Rwanda, and Bangladesh, an impoverished and overpopulated country, is barely able to cope with the refugee influx. The Rohingya have suffered severe persecution from the Burmese government since at least the late seventies, they were rendered stateless decades ago and are branded as "Bengalis", implying they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, despite the fact that they have deep historical roots in Arakan, a Buddhist-majority region in the northwest of Burma. These pictures were taken over a period of seven days on October 2017 in Cox's Bazar, the district in Bangladesh to which the Rohingya refugees flee and find shelter in overcrowded and overwhelmed refugee camps.

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Ground Zero: The Tug of War over Jeru...
Jerusalem, Israel
By Jonathan Giesen
28 Dec 2014

As tensions in Jerusalem boil over into open conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, the issue of the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex remains one of the key issues in the conflict. This story explores the cultural and religious significance of the complex to the two sides and illustrates how the area has yet again become a catalyst for violence. Some fear this newest round of violence may lead to a third Palestinian Intifada.

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Hassan Ibrahim
Cairo, Egypt
By Jonathan Giesen
24 Sep 2013

Hassan Ibrahim, Middle East Bureau Chief Al Jazeera at Talaat Harb Square, Cairo.

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Rebuilding the Port of Port au Prince...
Port of Port Au Prince
By Jonathan Giesen
01 Feb 2011

Days after the tragic Haitian earthquake in January 2011, the US military swept in to take over port duties due to the significant increase in donations from around the world. Given the sticky political and military history with the United States, this recent collaboration in reviving the flow of goods into and out of the port has been met with different levels of enthusiasm. Regardless, the transition of control back to the Haitians is underway. We're offered a slice of life in the daily activities of the port where we learn about the relationship between the US military and meet the head of the transition team and workers contracted to help with the change.