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

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.

Alicia Fawcett

Alicia Fawcett

Director of Marketing & Editorial

Alicia has worked in cybersecurity as an intelligence and research security analyst and as a migrant domestic worker researcher for the Regional Academy of the United Nations. She also interned for the U.S. Department of State in Shanghai, China, The International Women’s Democracy Center, The National Council of Women’s Organizations, The Forum Foundation and The U.S.-China Policy Foundation. In between college and graduate school, she lived in Taiwan and taught English. Her research from the U.N. has been published with various think tanks across Europe, including the Hungarian Ministry of Defense.

She received her M.A. in International and Diplomatic Studies from the University of Economics in Prague, a B.A. in Economics and a B.A. in International Studies with an emphasis in Asia. She can speak Mandarin Chinese, German, Spanish, Italian and baby Czech.

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 is in the process of completing a funded research project on the discursive construction of Afghan women in congressional debates research projects at her university and works as a teaching assistant for a research methods class.

Sara supports the Rise to Peace team in the managing, planning, and executing the Global War on Terrorism panel that was hosted by Rise to Peace nonprofit organization and co-sponsored by the Elliott School of International Affairs on December 06, 2017 in Washington D.C.

Lindsay Stanek

Lindsay Stanek

CVE Analyst

Lindsay Stanek is a M.A. candidate at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. She is concentrating on international security with a regional focus on the Middle East. She received her B.A. in International Studies from Baylor University. Her research interests include countering violent extremism, children recruited by terrorist organizations, and the role of women in conflict resolution and peace-building. She has studied in Turkey, interned in Israel and Jordan, and volunteered in Palestine.

John Sims

John Sims

Active Intelligence Intern

John Sims is a graduate student at The George Washington University pursuing a M.A. in Security Policy Studies with the Elliott School of International Affairs.  John is focusing on transnational security and conflict and conflict resolution with specific interests in Russia, conflict in Eastern Europe, and global terrorism.  John received a B.A. in Russian Language and Literature and International Studies from Indiana University.

Following completion of his B.A., John worked for three years with the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.  Serving as an analyst and investigator, John was responsible for investigating Indiana consumer complaints filed against licensed professionals to determine if fraud or professional incompetence occurred in the course of a licensee’s duties.  Additionally, John was tasked with managing the Indiana database that listed blighted Indiana properties across the state.

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.

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.

Maya Norman

Maya Norman

Active Intelligence & Data Analytics Intern

Maya Norman is a M.S. candidate at American University studying Terrorism and Homeland Security Policy. She received her B.A. in Justice, Law, and Criminology from American University in 2016. Her interests include counter-terrorism, intelligence analysis, terrorism financing, and the crime-terror nexus. She is also passionate about social justice and humanitarian issues. Maya has completed several internships, including interning at National Defense University – College of International Security Affairs and the Office of Inspector General at the Department of Labor. Outside of her studies, Maya enjoys traveling and recently backpacked around Southeast Asia for six weeks.

Austin Ludolph

Austin Ludolph

Active Intelligence Intern- Southeast Asia

Austin Ludolph is a student at George Mason University studying Criminology, Law, and Society with a concentration in Homeland Security & Justice. He has worked with a political campaign in his past and has a strong passion for counter-terrorism, intelligence analysis, and border protection. He is currently working with Rise to Peace as an Active Intelligence Intern. In Austin’s free time, he enjoys playing tennis and attending/watching basketball and football games.

Josephine Neulen

Josephine Neulen

Active Intelligence/Terrorism & Data Analytics Intern

Josephine Neulen is a student at George Mason University studying Government and International Politics as well as Conflict Analysis and Resolution. As a French and German native, Josephine has especially focused on the European Union in her research with a special interest in right-wing extremist parties, Euroscepticism, and identity-based conflicts. She has extensive data analysis experience with a focus on global conflict databases and election studies. Besides her work at Rise to Peace, Josephine is finishing her Honors Thesis and working as a French teacher in Washington DC.

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.

Asadullah Baluchzada

Asadullah Baluchzada

Journalist - Kabul, Afghanistan

Mr. Baluchzada is a journalist working on Keshm Voice radio in Afghanistan. In addition, he works as a legal advisor for the National Security Agency of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since 2014.  He is a graduate of law and has been activist and a journalist for the past five years. His main area of expertise is communities in transition and news reports from the hot war zones. Asadullah’s engagement with Rise to Peace came due to his passion and personally believe in the mission of the organization. He is currently working on the first “Interview Project”.

Gabriel Piccillo

Gabriel Piccillo

Active Intelligence Intern - MENA

Gabriel Piccillo is an undergraduate student at American University’s School of International Service in Washington DC. He is currently studying international relations with a focus on conflict resolution and security in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Gabriel has traveled to numerous countries throughout the MENA region learning about its people, history, cultures, and challenges. He has developed a particular interest in counterterrorism and counter-radicalization throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. He has done research and writing for online foreign affairs journals on a variety of different topics in international affairs including development economics in Africa and terrorist attacks in Europe. As former President of a Model United Nations Organization in Italy, he traveled across Europe attending conferences on some of the most significant challenges the world faces today. Today, Gabriel does diplomatic work for the Kurdistan Regional Government and public affairs work for the events company EmbassyExperiencesDC. He is currently participating in efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism around the world with the non-profit RiseToPeace.

Matthew Wickizer

Matthew Wickizer

Intelligence Analyst Intern - Afghanistan

Matthew Wickizer is a graduate student pursuing a MA in intelligence analysis at American Military University. He graduated with a BA in psychology from the University of Maryland’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2017. His current academic interests include intelligence, analysis, world affairs, and psychology. In his free time, he enjoys photography, the outdoors, and keeping up with world news.

In his role as an Intelligence Analyst Intern – Afghanistan, he conducts intensive research on the topic of Child Terrorist in Afghanistan.

Jackson Hettler

Jackson Hettler

Active Intelligence Intern - Europe

Jackson Hettler is an undergraduate student pursuing a B.A in Political Science with an emphasis on International Relations and a minor in Near Eastern Studies at the University of California Berkeley. He has a huge interest in studying terrorist organizations in different regions, specifically the European Union, with a focus on strategic enforcement policies. He has a passion for helping others around the world affected by poverty, strife, and terror, and aims to continue doing research for Rise to Peace, ultimately hoping to travel and help those in need. In his free time, he competes within the Triathlon Team at UC Berkeley and enjoys spending time with friends and family.