Maitham Basha-Agha is a Communications for Development Manager with Challenging Heights based in Ghana.
Maitham graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2010 with a B.A. degree in Criminal Justice. With no professional photojournalism training.
He began photographing in May of 2014 as a freelance photojournalist in Iraq, where he photographed the Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq and the Anti-ISIS Protest for two months before returning to his adopted home base of Erie, PA.
In August 2014, He joined the United States Peace Corps where he worked on HIV/AIDS and teaching Photography for two years. Along with two Peace Corps colleagues, he launched Viewfinder Botswana project. This project gave the youth a voice to express the social issues in their community through photo documentary. While in Botswana, he completed several projects, including photographing the local Batswana citizens through photo documentary and advising Non-governmental organizations of how to use social media and photography. Maitham returned to Erie, PA in October 2016 following his Peace Corps service to work for a local newspaper.
In October 2016, he worked for the Erie Reader for six months, covering the refugee population of Erie. In February 0f 2017, the Erie Reader launched Maitham’s photo journal on Erie’s refugee population. The Rust Belt New Americans: A Showcase of Erie's Refugee Population received national attentionand was covered by The Atlantic.
Maitham recently launched Rustbelt New Americans documentary film. In this film, Maitham Interviews 4 individuals who escaped their homeland due to war and persecution.
Maitham has done number of Social Media Talks both in Botswana and America. Including The Power of Social Media in the ISIS era, Rustbelt New Americans Photo Lecture, and The Power of Social Media and Journalism.
Maitham has advised a number of international organization how social media to be used in international development.