Rise to Peace Team

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

Ahmad S. Mohibi

Ahmad S. Mohibi

Director of Research, Counter-Terrorism

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

Kristyn Hartwyk

Director of Operations & Logistics

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 P. Wilson

John P. Wilson

Director of the Domestic Counter-Terrorism Program

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

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.
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.

Sakhi Naimzada

Sakhi Naimzada

Research Fellow -- Afghanistan
Sakhi Naimzada was born and grown up in Afghanistan. He gained his Bachelors from the Law and Political Science Faculty of Kabul University in2011. Shortly after graduation, he began working for a rule of law program helping foreign justice advisors on Afghan law and acting as a liaison between Afghan and Foreign partners. Due to his academic honors and high language scores, he was granted a scholarship to continue his education in France, in which he joined the Jean Moulin Lyon III University in Lyon city in 2014 and finished his research master’s in International Relations – International Security and Defense and a professional one in Management of International Programs. During his education endeavors, he focused more on my thesis on the importance of regional cooperation for the future of peace and security in Afghanistan and on how the Afghan government could and should have an active foreign policy.  Currently, he is working as a Research Fellow with Rise to Peace nonprofit organization writes about all things in Afghanistan — elections, peace process, counter-terrorism, conflict studies, and intelligence.
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.

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.