Leadership

Henry Keenan

Henry Keenan

Executive Director

Henry recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Middle Eastern Studies with minors in History and Industrial Engineering.  Henry’s experience in Jordan and the Middle East stems from having graduated from high school at King’s Academy in 2014.  In 2016 Henry founded the Startup With Purpose Foundation, a nonprofit that focuses on enhancing entrepreneurial opportunities for underserved and underutilized talent pools, primarily in the Middle East.  The Foundation has thus far graduated over 200 participants in its first year of operation.  In addition to his nonprofit work, Henry has assisted in analyzing investment opportunities for DASH Ventures, a Jordanian venture capital firm and he currently works as a pharmaceutical sales consultant for the MENA region.  Henry has additional fundraising 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, Italian and Latin.

Moor Xu

Moor Xu

Director of Program Operations

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.

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.

Ahmad Ahmadian

Ahmad Ahmadian

Director of Technology

Ahmad possesses a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley. 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 the founder of TINA Solution, a full-stack digital marketing agency based in Los Angeles, CA helping nonprofit organizations to amplify their impact and deliver benefits more effectively utilizing design thinking and integrated marketing strategies. He also serves as Director of Business Development at NetFreedom Pioneers focused on expanding the satellite data-casting technology to Africa and MENA region.

Sasha Gawronska

Sasha Gawronska

Director of Communications and Outreach

Anastassia Madani recently graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with two bachelor degrees in Political Science and Media Studies, and is a prospective law student seeking to study international law and diplomacy. She served as an Undergraduate Student Instructor at at the University of California, Berkeley and taught course pertaining to conflict resolution and negotiation based on the Harvard Negotiation Project. Prior to this, she spent summers living abroad in Europe and returned later to teach the English language to students eager to learn. Throughout her travels, studies, and experience in the world, she has been able to attain what is a worldly and open-minded perspective. Her expertise lies in her marketing, negotiating, communications, and analytical skills. She is fluent in English and Polish and is currently studying Spanish, Russian and Arabic.

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.