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Ahmad Shah Mohibi is the Director of Research, Counter-Terrorism. 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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Kristyn Hartwyk has worked in a variety of industries since graduating only two years ago from Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland, where she received a B.A. in Information Systems. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy and speaks conversational Italian. Kristyn is tasked with synthesizing complex qualitative and quantitative data to formula clear, data-driven insights for non-technical audiences. While she is savvy with numbers and technology, Kristyn has an undeniable gift for grant and proposal writing. She has written detailed, concise feasibility analyses, business canvas models and financial projections for Rise to Peace that have led to successful award competitions and grant money. Most importantly, she has a love of culture and diversity, and a strong passion for the well-being of humanity.
John Patrick Wilson serves as the Director of the Domestic Counter-Terrorism Program. John started with Rise to Peace as a Research Fellow, concentrating in counter-terrorism and counter-violent extremism. John’s experience outside of Rise to Peace includes work as a law enforcement officer, as well as various roles in corporate risk management, security, and political research. John completed his first graduate degree in Homeland Security, where he concentrated in Counter-Terrorism Studies. His capstone project pertained to the Islamic State’s intelligence apparatus, the Emni, and their capabilities to conduct intelligence tradecraft both at their peak and in their current state. Upon completion of his first graduate degree, he began his second graduate level degree in Strategic Intelligence & Analysis, which he is still pursuing.
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 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.
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.
Danielle Boden is currently an undergraduate student at The George Washington University studying International Affairs. She is pursuing a concentration in Security Policy and Conflict Resolution with the end goal of a career in counter-terrorism and counter-radicalization. As a Rise to Peace Active Intelligence intern, Danielle conducts research on global terrorism. She hopes that through her role at Rise to Peace she will learn more about violent-extremism and gain strategies for educating others against terrorist propaganda.
Nikki Hinshaw is an undergraduate student studying Human Communication and Political Science at Barrett, the Honors College at Arizona State University. Her interests lie within bolstering the capacity of civil society and media organizations to help promote good governance, counter extremist narratives, and address global social issues. Upon returning from an intern abroad trip to Ghana where she conducted research on civil society development in West Africa, Hinshaw became heavily involved in the international affairs community in Arizona. She has interned for several internationally-focused organizations, including Global Ties Arizona, the Phoenix Committee on Foreign Relations, and the U.S. Department of State. Since her freshman year, Hinshaw has also worked as the Communications Coordinator for ASU Project Humanities, which aims to elevate civil dialogue around humanities and social justice topics. As a Counter-Terrorism Research Fellow with Rise to Peace, she hopes to explore how people are radicalized online and dive into the influence of disinformation and propaganda on the spread of extremist narratives.
JulieAnn Sickell is currently a Junior at George Mason University majoring in Global Affairs with a concentration in Global Governance and minor in Chinese. She is a part of Mason’s Global Politics Fellowship, Honors College, and Admissions team. JulieAnn’s interests include security policy, U.S.-China relations, and humanitarian work. At Rise to Peace, Julie contributes to the maintenance of the Active Intelligence Database and writes blog posts.
Zahar Hryniv is an undergraduate student at Trinity College Dublin pursuing a joint honors degree in Economics and Political Science. His interest in international affairs stems from a young age through the exposure to different cultures and lifestyles as well as his willingness to understand and tackle some of the most pressing challenges of our time. Passionate about international justice and conflict resolution, he has researched and wrote about issues concerning Eastern European politics, the role of global institutions in implementing effective international agreements, and the sociological, political, and economic situation throughout the MENA region. As an intern for Rise to Peace, he hopes to combine his skills in data analysis with qualitative research to deliver actionable intelligence and seek more constructive ways to perform counter-terrorism strategy on both a societal and international level.
Billy Baker is a current graduate student at George Washington University. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a minor in cognitive neuroscience at Lesley University. At Lesley University, Billy had various internships within the psychology department at Harvard University. His primary research interests are the psychology of violence, conflict resolution, and the process of radicalization. Billy hopes to bring his background in psychology and research to assist the various projects at Rise to Peace. In addition to his role at Rise to Peace, Billy is a legal research intern at ICMEC (International Center for Missing and Exploited Children), focusing on child sexual abuse.
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.
Kyle Myatt is a graduate student at Arizona State University. He is pursuing a Master of Arts in Global Security, focusing on how technology is changing both war and conflict. Kyle graduated from Campbell University in 2013 with a BA in Criminal Justice Administration. Along with being enrolled at ASU, Kyle works in the criminal justice field providing forensic support services to law enforcement agencies located in Raleigh, NC. His research interests include: counter-terrorism, counter-insurgency, transnational security, and intelligence analysis. Working with Rise to Peace, Kyle hopes to gain knowledge and experience he can apply towards a career in the intelligence field.