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.

Alicia Fawcett

Alicia Fawcett

Director of Marketing

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 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.

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.

Gabriel Piccillo

Gabriel Piccillo

Active Intelligence - 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.

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.

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Intelligence Analyst Intern

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.

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.

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.

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”.

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.