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Director and Social Scientist
"Optimizing leader adaptability"
I am currently working with a small cohort of thought leaders to redesign the U.S. Army's primary human domain analytic capability - an effort that will enable commanders to remain adaptive when shaping complex operational environments.
Previously, I served as a Combat Advisor and Senior Social Scientist in Afghanistan and Iraq.
In both Iraq and Afghanistan, I worked with multidisciplinary researchers and Army leaders to develop research initiatives that supported partner capacity building, security force assistance, stability operations, and engagements with coalition and unified action partners.
Iraq 2010-2011 (12 Months): The notorious Sadr City region of Baghdad had been untouched by the U.S. Army for 12 months prior to my arrival. On behalf of the 1st Armored Division, I orchestrated research initiatives in Sadr City and developed a comprehensive assessment of the needs and interests of the residents. Later in my deployment, and as the Arab Spring swept through Baghdad, I helped the 25th Infantry Division determine the underlying elements of the protest movements, and assess the movement's implications for stability operations in Baghdad.
Afghanistan 2012-2013 (18 Months): I designed and led multidisciplinary social science research initiatives across 7 provinces in Eastern Afghanistan. Each initiative was designed to enable the command and staff of the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Infantry Division, and 101st Airborne Division to optimize their partnership efforts, and security force assistance strategies. These research initiatives helped to both improve partnership activities, and determine the causes and effects of "insider attacks" from the Afghan Security Forces' points of view.
I have been awarded with the Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Commander's Award for Civilian Service.
Prior to joining the DoD, I completed my master's degree in economics and international development at the American University in Cairo, Egypt.
Last activity: on 26/01/2015
Joined: on 29/06/2014
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