THE AMAR U.S. TEAM IN WASHINGTON DC HELP COORDINATE, RAISE FUNDS, PUBLICIZE, AND SUPPORT OUR OVERSEAS OPERATIONS.
AMAR employs local doctors, nurses, medical professionals, engineers, teachers, educators and administrators across Iraq to carry out our programs. These local experts work within their own communities, ensuring that local skills and capacity are developed and maintained, and allowing work in challenging security environments. This unique local knowledge means that the services provided are always culturally appropriate and tailored to individual communities’ needs.
Christopher Kyriacou, Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Kyriacou is the CEO of AMAR U.S. He began working for AMAR in 2007 as a Projects Officer, with responsibility for managing many of the Foundation’s projects in Iraq and Lebanon, including those with the US Department of State, World Bank, Irish Aid and UNFPA. In March 2010 Christopher moved to Washington to head up the office of the Foundation’s new American affiliate, AMAR U.S.
Christopher previously worked in Nepal, conducting conflict resolution activities with Service Civil International, and was an Associate at Independent Diplomat, a diplomatic advisory group providing assistance to governments, political groups, international institutions and NGOs. He subsequently worked for Stakeholder Forum, initially advising governments at UN Headquarters in New York, and then in London as Policy Co-ordinator and acting Head of Office.
Christopher holds an MSc in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science and an undergraduate degree in Geography from Oxford University.
Robert Dolan, Programs Director
Robert Dolan returned to the AMAR family in August 2015 as an AMAR U.S. Programs Officer after previously interning with AMAR’s London office in 2013. Prior to joining AMAR U.S., Robert worked at the global communications marketing firm, Edelman, where he managed communications and market work streams for several global companies and organizations.
Robert previously worked in Egypt, providing legal aid assistance to Sudanese, Ethiopian, Eritrean and Iraqi refugees seeking resettlement outside of Egypt. Robert then began working with civil society as well as the private sector to further develop economic relations between the U.S. and Egypt at the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo.
Robert holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Middle Eastern Affairs from Northeastern University.
Sarah Friend, Programs Officer
Sarah Friend joined AMAR U.S. as a Programs Associate in October 2016. Prior to working with AMAR, Sarah served as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. During her time in Peace Corps, Sarah facilitated several after-school English clubs, taught aerobics at a local women’s association, and organized several youth programs, including an overnight girls’ empowerment camp and a 5k race to promote healthy living.
Sarah received her Master’s degree in International Development from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies, with concentrations in Project Management and Data Analysis. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, with minors in both Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies, from The Ohio State University.
Adithi Rao, Programs Associate
Adithi Rao joined the AMAR U.S. team as a Programs Associate in August 2017. Prior to working with AMAR, Adithi worked on various women’s empowerment and refugee-focused initiatives through internships in the U.S. and abroad. In 2016, Adithi spent eight months in Amman, Jordan, interning at both UN Women and urban refugee-focused NGO, Collateral Repair Project. During her time at UN Women, she supported ongoing UN Women projects geared towards adolescent girls in Za’atari Camp for Syrian refugees in Jordan. Adithi also facilitated multilingual workshops for refugees on English-language education and gender-based violence prevention, while at Collateral Repair Project.
Adithi holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs, with dual concentrations in International Development and International Politics as well as a minor in Arabic Studies from the George Washington University.