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.
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/