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About the Founder & CEO

Steps2orient: is Obeida Al Mokdad,  Maria Grazia D'Ascanio and Yasser Abbas

A Syrian native, Obeida Al Mokdad spent over a decade living and travelling in the Middle East. Prior to founding Steps2Orient Al Mokdad held an executive travel Industry position in Damascus.

Maria Grazia D'Ascanio studied law at the University "la Sapienza" of Rome and worked in a famous consumers' right association. She travelled extensively from Egypt to Yemen before deciding to devote her full-time efforts to the travel industry. She is a fan of Evelyn Waugh, James Hillman and Emile Cioran.  “With good fortune I may be reincarnated as Auntie Mame”

Yasser Abbas
Professional tourist guide for twenty years, he is specialized on archaeology, ancient and modern history. His extensive knowledge of his country, his expertise in its fascinating archaeological heritage, and his  personal appeal make him an ideal trip leader.


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