Leadership

Henry Keenan

Henry Keenan

Managing Director

Henry Keenan is an undergraduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies with minors in History and Arabic.  Henry has extensive experience in Jordan and the Middle East, having graduated from high school at King’s Academy in 2014.  In 2012 Henry raised over $20,000 for Amigos de las Americas in what became two service trips to Matagalpa, Nicaragua that year; focusing on general education in Spanish and building school infrastructure.  Henry has additional fundraising and financial experience as the Treasurer of the UC Berkeley Sailing Team, tripling the team’s annual budget through an extensive fundraising campaign.  Henry speaks English and Spanish fluently, and is proficient in Arabic and Latin.

Ahmad Ahmadian

Ahmad Ahmadian

Director of technology

Ahmad possesses a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and is a prospective PhD student seeking to study Behavioral Economics. He co-designed and co-taught a semester long course named ‘Modern Middle East and ISIS’ at UC Berkeley. He also graduated from the Advanced Conflict Resolution and Peace-building program, focused on the Middle East, from the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. Ahmad is founder and CEO of Tina Solutions, a web services company which offers web development and web design services to businesses across the education, food, and health industries. In addition, as an experienced social activist, he provides organizational security and political consulting to multiple human rights nonprofit organizations, and social and political campaigns.

Robert Engel

Robert Engel

Director of Development

Robert Engel is a senior at Middlebury College majoring in International & Global Studies with a focus on the Middle East and Arabic Language. While most of his formative years were spent in Charlotte, North Carolina, he also grew up in New York and London. Before college, Robert attended the Kings Academy in Jordan and spent time hiking in Nepal. At Midd, he spends his time playing rugby, the bagpipes, skiing, and running RISE, a sustainable investment group on campus. Rob has had internship experience in healthcare, entertainment, and private equity, and is interested in pursuing a career post-graduation that combines his love for language, global studies, and business.

Sasha Gawronska

Sasha Gawronska

Director of Communications and Outreach

Sasha Gawronska Madani is pursuing a degree in Political Science and Media Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She has extensive experience in conflict resolution and negotiation having taught a course based on the Harvard Negotiation Project for two consecutive years at her university. Her involvement in the field sparked an interest in international law and she looks forward to pursuing a juris doctorate following graduation. In her free time, she spends her summers abroad in Europe teaching the English language to students eager to learn. Sasha is passionate about unifying cultures to work together to create something otherwise unimaginable. Her expertise lies in her marketing, negotiating, communications, and analytical skills. She is fluent in English and Polish.

Jarrett Wright

Jarrett Wright

Director of Special Initiatives

Jarrett Wright is pursuing an undergraduate degree in Rhetoric at UC Berkeley. Before returning to school he founded a real estate development firm involved in property ranging from small duplexes in rural Texas, to semi-custom mansions in Colorado and high rise apartment buildings in Florida. In 2014 Jarrett returned to school for an MBA and has since devoted himself to student equity and inclusion. More recently he has built learning communities for disadvantaged students of color and literally wrote his school’s Student Success & Support, and Equity Plans – plans that garnered well over $4,000,000 in state funding. Currently Jarrett runs a small marketing firm he founded while still dedicating himself to the scholastic advancement of himself, and to that of others around him.

Moor Xu

Moor Xu

Director of Programs

Moor Xu is a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley, working toward a Ph.D. in Mathematics. Previously, he received his B.S. in Mathematics from Stanford University. He is passionate about merging education and technology, and connecting people with opportunities from around the world. Moor works on entrepreneurship programs through the Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. He is also the founder and director of the ASDAN Math Tournament, connecting Chinese students to American math opportunities, as well as the founder of the Atomic Grader, making grading easier and faster for teachers online.  Moor also develops curriculum for Expii to make education more accessible to students from around the world. He is fluent in Chinese and English.