Racha Mourtada is a digital policy specialist and an author and founder of Luqoom, a boutique publishing house for children's books. She has had a diverse career–working as a biomedical engineer, a UN researcher, and a public policy analyst–throughout which one constant has been her love of writing.
An alumnus of Faber Academy’s ‘Novel Writing Course’ and the inaugural ‘Columbia Publishing Course’ at Oxford University, she left her corporate life in Dubai and moved back to her native Beirut to set up her publishing house (2018) and focus on her writing. She completed and MPA in Digital Technology and Policy at UCL in 2021, and is currently balancing being a publisher with working in digital policy and advocacy.
She also recently discovered high-altitude trekking and loves to take her books with her on adventures. Her children's book, 'Swingers, Clingers and Other Amazing Animals in Motion' accompanied her to the summit of Kilimanjaro, while her book of flash fiction, '55 slightly sinister stories' hiked the Inca Trail with her, making it up Rainbow Mountain and all the way to the ancient city of Machu Picchu.
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