AMAR U.S. EMPLOYS A SMALL AND GROWING TEAM. OUR HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON D.C. IS STAFFED BY FOUR FULL TIME STAFF MEMBERS AND AMAR U.S. VICE PRESIDENT, CHRIS STRAUB. OUR SECOND OFFICE IS IN SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH AND IS LED BY OUR WESTERN REGIONAL MANAGER.
Washington DC Staff
Christopher Kyriacou, Chief Executive
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 Officer
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 Hollis, Development & Comms Officer
Sarah Hollis joined the AMAR U.S. team as the Development & Communications Officer in Spring 2016. Prior to her work with AMAR, Sarah served as the Director of Development for Timmy Global Health, a small international health organization based in her home state of Indiana. Through her work with Timmy, Sarah had the opportunity to lead a variety of fundraising and communication initiatives supporting public health and primary care projects throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.
Sarah holds a Masters in Public Affairs degree from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, where she concentrated in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship. She received her undergraduate degrees in both Communication and Spanish from Hanover College.
Sarah Friend, Programs Associate
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.
Zoe Kovatchis, Programs Assistant
Zoe is currently a junior in the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University with a regional concentration in the Middle East and a minor in Communications.
Recently, she returned from Amman, Jordan after studying modernization and social change with the School of International Training. During her time there she also conducted research on the political implications of resource dependence. Zoe hopes to learn more about AMAR’s on-the-ground approach as well as improve her knowledge of issues in the Middle East.
Fadhel Moudoud, Fundraising & Comms Assistant
Fadhel obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and is seeking to gain firsthand experience in the non-profit sector.
His interest in the Middle East and North Africa region began through familial ties (via Tunisia) and grown with events in the region with a particular interest in local governance and civil society, particularly in the Maghreb.
Katelyn Young, Programs Assistant
Katelyn is currently a first year graduate student in the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, specializing in the Middle East and International Security Studies.
Emily Stevens, Regional Manager
Emily Stevens formally joined AMAR U.S. in August 2014 as a Regional Manager based in Utah. Prior to joining AMAR, Emily ran a department at Brigham Young University where she honed her management, assessment, mentoring and organizational skills. She also works as a non-fiction freelance editor, business consultant and property manager. Emily has held numerous volunteer leadership and organizational positions in her local community, and served formerly as the Utah AMAR Supporters Circle Lead Coordinator.
Emily is a graduate of Brigham Young University and a firm believer that everyone should have a fighting chance for peace, health and happiness.