Rise to Peace Team

Journalists, investigators, field researchers, analysts, and other staff are not listed for security reasons.

Ahmad Shah Mohibi

Ahmad Shah Mohibi

Founder & President

Ahmad Shah Mohibi is founder and president of Rise to Peace. He brings more than 12 years’ experience working with the United States and Afghan governments alongside the international community to help in a concerted mission–to combat terrorism and encourage democracy and stability in tumultuous regions.

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Elizabeth Carter

Elizabeth Carter

Director of Development

Elizabeth supports program operations for R2P’s humanitarian efforts. She helps identify sponsorship opportunities, assesses requirements, and write grant proposals to secure needed funding. Elizabeth is an award-winning writer in the business to government space. A proven leader, she has guided large, multi-functional teams of senior executives, business partners, and subject matter experts through complex, highly competitive proposal projects. Elizabeth has an impressive success rate leading these efforts, which have resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of awarded contracts. Early on in her career as a MARCOM specialist, Elizabeth represented the defense and government sector on an exclusive international marketing team selected to support the mergers and acquisitions of five (5) logistics subsidiaries. Over the course of one year, the team successfully rebranded as one, 4 billion dollars, 22,000-employee entity, which currently has 550 offices in 100 countries.

Scott Moshen

Scott Moshen

Editor & Associate Development Strategist

Scott Moshen is a corporate Client Service Representative with close to a decade’s worth of experience working with foreign currency and major institutional banks and hedge funds in New York City. He has an abiding passion for the children of Kurdish Iraq and those in neighboring Syria and is committed to helping ensure they develop meaningful lives with greater freedoms and free of trauma.

Tim O’Shea

Tim O’Shea

Database & Intelligence Manager

Tim O’Shea is a student at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics, as well as Economics and Data Analysis.  In his role at Rise to Peace, Tim designed, built, and now oversees the Active Intelligence Database, managing the synthesis of thousands of news reports into legible and usable data on global terrorism and extremism.  Besides his work at Rise To Peace, Tim has served as an immigration law clerk specializing in political asylum and data analytics, as well as in research internships at the Institute for Immigration Research and the Center for Political-Military Analysis at the Hudson Institute.

Sara Huzar

Sara Huzar

Research Analyst and Editor

Sara Huzar is a member of George Mason University’s Honors College Class of 2019 and is one of its nineteen members to receive its prestigious University Scholarship. She has held numerous leadership positions in on-campus organizations and spent the spring of 2017 living in Kyiv, Ukraine while interning at the US Embassy in the city. She has completed a funded research project on the discursive construction of Afghan women in congressional debates and presented it at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research 2018.

Sara designed and produces Rise to Peace’s Week in Terror report; a weekly summary of terrorist attacks throughout the world and created the Active Intelligence Map (AIM). Her research interests focus on nationalism and national memory at the intersection of international security and ethnic conflict.

Gabriel Piccillo

Gabriel Piccillo

Counter-Terrorism Analyst

Throughout the past few years, Gabriel has traveled to numerous countries throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa learning about its people, history, cultures, and challenges. Gabriel has spent time in countries including Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco both for independent travel and research. He has developed a particular interest in Arabic, counterterrorism, and counter-radicalization throughout the MENA region. He has done research and writing for foreign affairs journals and Rise to Peace on topics including but not limited to peace prospects in Afghanistan, addressing the conditions that have allowed terrorist groups to emerge in Iraq, and heightened terrorist violence throughout Africa’s Sahel region. Gabriel formerly did diplomatic work for the Kurdistan Regional Government’s representation in Washington DC. He also spent time in the KRG’s Directorate of International Organizations in Erbil, Iraq, conducting research on the activities of UN agencies throughout the region, describing their accomplishments, what they aim to do, and what the KRG can do in order to assist them in pursuing their mission. Gabriel Piccillo is currently a Counter-Terrorism Analyst for Rise to Peace responsible for collecting and reporting information relevant to the preservation of international peace, security, and stability throughout the MENA region. He is also playing a role in R2Ps National Security and Domestic Counterterrorism program. Gabriel has also played a role in organizing a conference in Iraq on the question of eliminating the conditions that have allowed groups like ISIS to emerge and spread throughout the country.

Liam Timmons

Liam Timmons

Active Intelligence Intern

Liam Timmons is an undergraduate student at George Mason University pursuing a BA in Government and International Politics. His research interests include security policy, economic development, and public policy. Prior to Rise to Peace, he was a Research Associate at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs writing on social and economic issues in Latin America. In his role at Rise to Peace, Liam helps maintain the Active Intelligence Database and researches trends in global terrorism.

Max Bone

Max Bone

Political Analyst

Max Bone is a student of International Affairs with concentrations in International Politics and Africa at the George Washington University. Prior to attending the George Washington University, Max traveled extensively conducting field research in East Africa, West Africa, and the Magrib. He has also worked for NGOs overseas, and on political campaigns in the United States. He focuses his research on global politics, conflict, and how they relate to one another. He has extensive international experience in Europe, Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. At Rise to Peace, he works as a Political Analyst – Africa, where he conducts field research, analyzes and examines his findings to help the organization to reach its goal of countering violent extremism.

Suleyman Agdag

Suleyman Agdag

Operations Manager

Suleyman is a current MA Student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, Security Policy Studies Program. His academic interests include terrorism, radicalization, cyber-terrorism and conflict resolution. He has received his B.S. Degree in International Relations from the Middle East Technical University, Turkey. He has worked as the International Communications Director for a consultancy firm in Ankara, Turkey and was part of an applied research program at the Center for Middle Eastern Strategic Studies in Ankara, Turkey. He also volunteered for two years at an NGO in Turkey working with Syrian refugees. He has native-level proficiency in Turkish and is currently learning Arabic.

Ali Bader Almulla

Ali Bader Almulla

Active Intelligence Intern- Middle East

Ali Bader Almulla is a Master of Arts in International Affairs candidate at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. His academic interests include International Security, the Middle East, Peacebuilding, and anything related to International and World Affairs. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. During his academic studies at Bradley University, he has interned in East Asia including Hong Kong and the Middle East including Kuwait and Dubai and volunteered with nongovernment organizations to help communities in Ghana and Vietnam. Outside of his studies, Ali enjoys teaching Arabic to other people and hiking. Currently, Ali is working as an Active Intelligence at Rise to Peace non-profit organization where he connects Rise to Peace to the D.C. community, providing connections to various embassies, think tanks and academic environments for influence and growth. In addition, he entails posting the news
in Arabic to post influential content on Rise to Peace social platforms, translate and write news content, outreach our panels to the Arabic community, to share data with the database team, and to contribute to the Rise to Peace editorial blog.

Mirwais Hafizi

Mirwais Hafizi

Mirwais has worked with German International Organization (GIZ) as Strategic Manager, facilitator, and teacher in Afghanistan. He also taught English for Specific Purposes (ESP) at Kabul University. He moved to the US in 2012 and was able to receive a prestigious Fulbright scholarship at the University of Richmond in Richmond Virginia.  In addition, He taught Farsi for college students at the University of Richmond.

Currently, He works as Customer Service Manager for a Kroger merged company named Harris Teeter. He is also a part-time legal and medical translator for Ad Astra Inc.

Mike Salous

Mike Salous

Business Budget Analyst

Mike Salous works as a Senior Budget Analyst for Rise to Peace non-profit organization since the establishment of the organization. Mr. Salous is a result-oriented business analyst with over five years of experience providing project management, administrative services, management and operations with a proven track record of raising sales and increasing profitability. Mr. Salous has demonstrated strong leadership and management skills in team building, communication, and presentation that has led to many successful projects for the organization.

Rise to Peace Fall 2018 Interns

Kristine Olsen

Kristine Olsen

Active Intelligence - Middle East

Kristine Olsen is a recent graduate of George Mason University where she received a bachelor degree in communication and minor in conflict analysis and resolution. During her time at Mason, she got the opportunity to travel to Jordan and do fieldwork with refugees living in Amman. This experience sparked an interest in the global effects of terrorism. Combining both this interest and her communication skills she contributes to the Rise to Peace in writing blogs and social media platforms.

Kate Kleinle

Kate Kleinle

Counterterrorism Intelligence Analyst Intern
Kate Kleinle is an undergraduate student and Global Scholar at Trinity College of the University of Dublin, where she studies Politics and Geography. Passionate about human rights and environmental justice, she has been fortunate enough to intern with Rehumanize International and the Annenberg Presidential Center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. In addition to these positions, she has gained a unique perspective on government and the law from a two-year career in law enforcement. In her role as a Rise to Peace intern, she hopes to explore what drives people to radicalism, with a particular focus on the case study of the Irish Republican Army, and the intersection of extremism and environmental catastrophes.
Ben Maalouf

Ben Maalouf

Active Intelligence Intern - MEAN

Ben Maalouf is a Lebanese-American 2018 Graduate of George Mason University. He studied Global Affairs, concentrating in Global Economy & Management, and minoring in History. At George Mason, Ben held an Executive Board position in Alpha Kappa Psi, Professional Business Fraternity. Relevant coursework included economic development, international economic policy, conflict analysis, environmental policy, globalization and culture, and articles on resolving water conflict in Lebanon and surveys on the Lebanese government distribution of power. Ben also spent six months studying Economic History & Social Sciences at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Netherlands. He provides active intelligence analysis on Lebanon, the rest of the Middle East/North Africa region, and helps manage the Rise to Peace social media accounts.

Holly Merrill

Holly Merrill

Counterterrorism Research Intern

Holly Merrill is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington pursuing a BA in International Studies with a focus on Asia and a certificate in Security and Risk. Her research interests include national defense and security policy, East Asian geopolitics, and counterterrorism. Previously, she served as the legislative delegate to the Washington State capitol as well as student body president and vice president of the National Society for Leadership and Success. In her role as a Counterterrorism Research Intern at Rise to Peace, she hopes to explore underlying ideological motivations for extremism and trends revealing the future of contemporary terrorism.

Roberto Malta

Roberto Malta

Active Intelligence - Latin America

Roberto Malta is an undergraduate at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Global Governance, and minors in Economics and History. He spent the summer of 2018 doing research at George Mason University on the foreign influence of Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea on the domestic affairs of other countries, focusing on how they can manipulate anonymous sources to change the public opinion. Roberto was also born in Brazil and spent the first 18 years of his life living in Sao Paulo, Brazil, experiencing the world through multiple perspectives. As Active Intelligence Intern at Rise to Peace, Roberto tracks violent outburst related to terrorism and to organized crime in Latin America. He is also an aspiring writer and the president of the Geroge Mason University Philosophy Club.

Keelin Wolfe

Keelin Wolfe

Active Intelligence & Database Analytic Intern

Keelin Wolfe is an Honors College undergraduate at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics. A member of the class of 2020, she is the President of the Alexander Hamilton Society at George Mason University. Her research interests include international security policy, nuclear strategic studies, and counterterrorism. Prior to her work with Rise to Peace, she was a research intern for the Asia Program and the Alliance for Security Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States and was an intern on a Virginia House of Delegates Campaign, serving as a pro-temp campaign manager. In her role at Rise to Peace, Keelin helps maintain the Active Intelligence Database.

Mark Thomas-Patterson

Mark Thomas-Patterson

Active Intelligence Intern

Mark Thomas-Patterson is a student who is studying International Affairs with a specialization in International Politics at George Washington University and is also a member GW Honors College. Mark’s interests include European and Middle Eastern Politics as well as history, which he plans on double majoring in with a specialization in European History. Mark developed his interest in international affairs after studying abroad in Dresden, Germany as part of the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program and looks forward towards contributing to the Rise to Peace Team.

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Intelligence Analyst Intern - Afghanistan

Abdul Bari Nejrabi is a businessman with years of experience in international development and private sectors. He recently graduated with a Bachelor’s Political Science and Economics from the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences at George Washington University. In 2014, he served as a member of the Student Council of the American University in Sharjah, UAE. In the summer of 2017, he participated in the youth assembly at the United Nations representing Afghanistan.  Presently, he works as an Intelligence Analyst at Rise to Peace organization in Washington D.C.