Senior Team

Adam M. Pechter – President & CEO (Princeton)

Adam M. Pechter, founder and CEO of Pechter Polls, is a lawyer and methodologist who specializes in conducting statistically meaningful opinion research projects in semi-permissive environments for the U.S. government and other clients.

During the last four years, he has been the principal investigator on 34 opinion research projects in the Middle East, South Asia, Africa and Latin America.

Adam just returned from Antakya on the border of Turkey and Syria.  Before that, he was in Najaf, Iraq.

Earlier this year, he completed sensitive studies involving drug trafficking in Pakistan and Mexico.

He organized and ran three opinion studies of Syrian opposition activists inside of Syria since the Syrian revolution began two years ago.

Last year, he conducted a study in Cairo where he sat behind one-way glass and observed Egyptian civil society activists talk openly about the SCAF, Muslim Brotherhood, the U.S., etc., while that community faced intense persecution by the regime.

In 2011, he led a project that trained South Sudanese field teams and conducted the first-ever, credible national survey of South Sudan.

Additionally, he has led recent studies in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Jordan, Libya, Tunisia, and East Jerusalem.

Proficient in Arabic and Spanish, Adam holds an advanced degree from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he conducted research and wrote on Arab opinion polling.

Before founding Pechter Polls, Adam’s polling experience included his role as policy director of a winning New Jersey gubernatorial campaign and a four-year tenure as the COO of the New Jersey Congress Department.

Adam holds a BA from Yale, a JD from Vanderbilt Law School, and a MA from Johns Hopkins-SAIS.

Dr. David Pollock – Principal Advisor (Washington DC)

Dr. David Pollock, principal advisor to Pechter Polls, is a senior fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy (TWI). The former chief of Near East, South Asia and Africa Research at the US Information Agency (1986-1995), Dr. Pollock developed, conducted and analyzed the political and cultural implications of literally hundreds of public opinion polls commissioned by the US government in the three regions he covered throughout that decade.  In addition, he served as chief editor and author of a major unclassified work, In the Eye of the Beholder: Muslim and Western Views of Islamic Politics and Each Other(USIA, 1995), a comprehensive study of public opinion in twelve different Arab and Muslim countries.

Dr. Pollock is fluent in Arabic and French, and has a working knowledge of many languages including Kurdish, Swahili and French.  He has written several monographs and numerous articles on difficulties and approaches for conducting polls in semi-permissive countries.

Dr. Pollock has served as a visiting lecturer at Harvard University and an assistant professor at George Washington University. He has traveled widely in the Middle East and maintains a large network of contacts in government, academia, and business throughout the region. Dr. Pollock holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University and a B.A. from Harvard College.

Dr. Lynn Lawry – Public Health Expert (Boston / Washington DC)

Director of the Initiative in Global Women’s Health Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Dr. Lawry is a physician and public health expert who has worked for two decades in the NGO and government sectors.  She has served as a consultant to UNICEF and WHO on numerous assessments on such issues as gender based violence and research priorities in several African countries.

She conducted a national survey in Kenya to describe and quantify violence following the 2007 national elections.  Also, she has conducted and published research on a sophisticated household quantitative and qualitative mixed-method evaluations in the DRC; a nationally representative survey in Liberia in 2008 to assess the physical and mental health needs of one million ex-combatants; surveys of internally displaced persons and refugees in Sierra Leone and Darfur; and a survey to assess physician needs in Nigeria.

Dr. Lawry has more than a decade of experience in Afghanistan; completing several household studies in both Taliban controlled and Northern Alliance areas, in Pashtun areas of the Southeast, internally displaced persons in the Northwest, and among refugees in Pakistan.  In 2003-2004 Dr. Lawry served as the principal investigator for a MacArthur Foundation-funded population-based assessment of human rights abuses in Southern Iraq.  The results of her study were published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) later in 2004. She also conducted a concurrent study of physician abuses in Southern Iraq, which was also published in the JAMA.

MD East Carolina University; MSPH UNC-Chapel Hill; MSc Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Conrad Winn – Principal Expert Methodologist (Toronto, Canada)

Principal researcher in hundreds of studies for business, government, and not-for-profits on winning strategies, stakeholder relations, communications, satisfaction, loyalty, and other themes. Research for US DoD and other clients on radicalization.

Prolific author of professional works on public affairs, communications, radicalization, and media. Also principal of our associate firm COMPAS Research, he is one of North America’s top experts in carrying out research on communications effectiveness and program evaluation. His book, Theater of Terror: Mass Media and International Terrorism remains the most comprehensive study of its kind.

BA McGill; PhD Wharton; fluent in French.

Mouaz Moustafa – Consultant on Syria

Mr. Moustafa was born and raised in Damascus, Syria before moving to the US as a teenager. He is the current Political Director for SETF and UFS (United For a Free Syria) and a board member of the Coalition for a Democratic Syria (CDS). A former staffer for Congressman Vic Snyder and Senator Blanche Lincoln, Mr. Moustafa spent four and a half years working in Congress before leaving to work briefly with Egypt’s US-based opposition. Mr. Moustafa worked for a whole year with the Libyan Revolution. During this period, Mr. Moustafa was the Executive Director of the Libyan Council of North America (LCNA) and Political Director of the Libyan Emergency Task Force (LETF) and worked closely with top officials within the Transitional National Council (TNC). Mr. Moustafa joined SETF in the fall of 2011 to help advocate on behalf of the pro-democracy movement in his native Syria and boasts an extensive network of Syrian activists, opposition figures and FSA commanders through which he works. On his recent trip inside Syria, Mr. Moustafa’s pictures were prominently featured in several news media outlets regarding his work with Civilian Administrative Councils including NPR and USA Today. (NPR) TODAY)

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