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 writes grant proposals to secure needed funding. An award-winning writer in the business to government space, she has led large, multi-functional teams of senior executives, business partners, and subject matter experts through complex, highly competitive proposal projects. Elizabeth’s impressive success rate has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars worth of awarded contracts.

In prior experience, Elizabeth helped develop a global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program that offered in-kind logistics services to philanthropic organizations at home and abroad. The program fueled supply chains for the transportation, warehousing, and distribution of donated medical supplies, food, and equipment to humanitarian partners. As an extension of the CSR program, Elizabeth helped pioneer a multi-corporation, Logistics Emergency Team (LET). LET members have since responded to more than 40 crises and large-scale natural disasters around the world.

 

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.

Kate Kleinle

Kate Kleinle

Editor in Chief
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 editor in chief, 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.
Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Abdul Bari Nejrabi

Political Analyst

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 a Political Analyst at Rise to Peace organization in Washington D.C.

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.

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.

Ben Maalouf

Ben Maalouf

Research Analyst

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.

Meghan Rahill

Meghan Rahill

Research Fellow
Meghan Rahill is a recent graduate from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, where she received her Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and Terrorism Studies, and an Advanced Certificate in Criminal Investigating.  She attended undergraduate school at Saint Bonaventure University, where she studied political science and international studies.  During her studies, she spent one-year conducting research on the relative effectiveness of US drone strikes in Yemen and the FATA regions.  During this time, she found a passion for studying foreign affairs, counterterrorism, and US national security policies.  As a Rise to Peace Research Fellow, she looks forward to expanding her research in such interests, as well as learning more about the psychology behind terrorism.
Danielle Boden

Danielle Boden

Active Intelligence Intern

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.

JulieAnn Sickell

JulieAnn Sickell

Active Intelligence Intern

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

Zahar Hryniv

Research Intern

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.

Cameron Cassar

Cameron Cassar

Active Intelligence Intern
Cameron Cassar is a student at George Mason University majoring in Government & International Politics with a minor in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and Arabic. He was selected as a member of the George Mason Peacebuilding Fellows Cohort. Cassar has interested in the MENA region, US foreign policy, counterterrorism, and international human rights. Studied abroad in an Arabic Language program at Qalam Wa Lawh in Rabat, Morocco. Worked as a paid fundraiser on behalf of the ACLU advocating for human rights and basic civil liberties.
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.

Billy Baker

Billy Baker

Active Intelligence Intern

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.