The Team
Ali Mushaima will be accompanied by various crew members during different legs of his journey. Here are brief profiles of the team, listed in alphabetical order.

Sarah Clarke
Written by Archie D'Cruz   
Monday, 06 April 2009 13:12
Sarah ClarkeSarah Clarke has lived, worked and studied in six countries across three continents and has traveled extensively in between. She has worked in the private, public and voluntary sectors in education, research, management and engineering.

Her passion for the past 15 years has been working alongside disabled people to build a more accessible society.

In her spare time, Sarah loves to write, is learning Arabic, exploring the Gulf and running with her dog.

Valentina Miskovska-Petrovich
Written by Archie D'Cruz   
Saturday, 14 June 2008 23:31

Valentina Miskovska-Petrovich Valentina was born in Bitola, Macedonia, but has lived and worked in the UK for the past 16 years.

She insists she has only two vices: travel and shoes!

For years, she has been helping travellers discover the hidden gems of Macedonia and the Western Balkans.

It started by chance: She was bored one evening and was surfing the web when she stumbled upon the Lonely Planet website, and discovered their Thorn Tree forum, with  discussions on Eastern Europe, and she was hooked.

Since then she has provided would-be travellers with advice on various aspects of Macedonia, Serbia, Albania, Montenegro, Greece and Turkey on that forum, helping them discover the untold beauty of the Balkans.

Archie D'Cruz, Web Editor
Written by Archie D'Cruz   
Thursday, 05 June 2008 14:25

Archie D'Cruz is a seasoned editor, writer and designer with intimate knowledge of Bahrain. He worked in Bahrain for six years in the Nineties, and visits the country often.

Archie's Canadian publishing and design firm, A Type Of Magic, has been behind the success of several books including all 11 of The Visitor's Complete Guide travel guide series as well as From Dilmun to Dublin, the book that relived Ali's first Friendship Tour in 2004. He is also Editor of two Canadian magazines, Confidence Bound (a motivational magazine) and Whatever, a general interest bi-monthly with a readership of more than 300,000.

His creative talents can be seen in several major advertising projects, including those for American Express, Electronic Arts, WalMart, Mirage Speakers, Zenith Electronics, Samsung Electronics and UPS.

Archie is the point man for the touring team's diary and pictorial essays, updating the website a couple of times each day. As Web Editor, he will only join the team once the tour is officially complete, possibly in Italy and Greece.

Rebecca Torr
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Thursday, 05 June 2008 14:19
Rebecca Torr
Rebecca Torr, from Bristol, UK, has been a senior reporter for the Gulf Daily News, Bahrain, for the past five years. She also did a three month placement with the paper in 2000 when she was studying for her Master's Degree in Science, Culture and Communication at Bath University, UK.  

Prior to joining the GDN she worked as a public relations officer for the Society for Endocrinology and Association for the Study of Obesity in the UK.

In her spare time she enjoys learning Arabic, singing, playing the clarinet, travelling and reading. She is also a member of the Rotary Club of Adliya, Bahrain, where she is involved in projects that serve the community.

James Davis
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Wednesday, 21 May 2008 00:13
James Davis
Englishman James Davis first became interested in photography at 16 when he was given a Brownie box camera by an aunt. A job as an on-board photographer for P&O Lines gave him the opportunity to travel the world and start his own library of pictures. He set up James Davis Travel Photography in the late Eighties, and now counts among his clients names such as Thomas Cook and KLM.

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