Adam M. Pechter – President & CEO (Princeton)
Dr. David Pollock – Principal Advisor (Washington DC)
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.
Melissa Jennings - Director, Pechter Polls, Africa (Nairobi, Kenya)
Melissa coordinated fieldwork for August 2011-November 2011 Pechter Polls/IRI national poll of S. Sudan, organizing 24 teams/79 individuals to conduct 2000+ interviews in all 10 states across S. Sudan. She has served as project consultant for a qualitative / quantitative polling project in S. Sudan from May-June 2010 for World Vision Sudan and has also lived and worked extensively in Ethiopia, North Sudan, and Uganda.
She is fluent in Juba Arabic.
BA Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada; MA Royal Military College of Canada, Kingston, ON, Canada
Sasha Ghosh-Siminoff - Consultant on Syria
Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff is the current Executive Director of SETF. A former journalist at Congressional Quarterly, Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff was living in Syria attending an immersion Arabic program at the beginning of the Syrian revolution in early 2011 and had the unique opportunity to experience Syrian society right before, at the beginning and then immediately after the commencement of the revolution. Before Syria, Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff worked on and completed a Masters degree of Middle East Studies at the University of Exeter, UK and conducted fieldwork in Israel and in the Occupied Territories of the West Bank. Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff currently works with an extensive network of Syrian activists, opposition figures and FSA soldiers and commanders both inside and outside of Syria and has continuously advocated on behalf of the Syrian Revolution since its inception. Mr. Ghosh-Siminoff has on several occasions provided analysis on the situation in Syria: (RT) http://www.youtube.com/watch?
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) http://m.npr.org/news/front/
John M. Wynne – VP Operations
John M. Wynne is the Vice President of Operations for Pechter Polls. Mr. Wynne has had a forty-year career as a strategy consultant to various business, government and nongovernmental organizations in the United States, Europe, South Asia and the Far East. A former member of the research faculty at Harvard Business School in the areas of market research and information systems, Mr. Wynne is an expert in operations management and data analysis. He holds an AB in Economics from Dartmouth College and a MBA from Harvard University.
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