Additional New Staff, Including Executive Editor for Democracy in Exile, Development Director, Arabic Media Manager and Communications Associate, Will Help Foster Organization's Growth and Expanded Communications and Outreach
(Washington D.C., April 26, 2021)- Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN) is pleased to announce the expansion of the organization with the hiring of four individuals who will fill key positions and enable the organization to better fulfill its mission of promoting democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Frederick Deknatel joins DAWN as Executive Editor of its Democracy in Exile journal, where he will oversee its management, publication, solicitation and review of publications pertaining to politics and policy in MENA.
"It's critical that we listen to the voices of dissidents and exiles from the Middle East and North Africa, whose own experiences are central to debates about the future of the region," Deknatel said. "I'm excited to help provide a dynamic platform for those debates, and for the exchange of ideas among foreign policy experts in the United States about our policies toward the region."
Mr. Deknatel previously worked at World Politics Review, most recently as Managing Editor, and before that at Foreign Affairs magazine as a staff editor. His writing and reporting on the Middle East have appeared in The Nation, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, The National, and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications.
"We are thrilled to have Freddy join the DAWN team," Executive Director Sarah Leah Whitson said. "Freddy has extensive experience at premier publications as an editor and writer, with a particular expertise in the Middle East. He will help make Democracy in Exile a dynamic and critical platform for political exiles and foreign policy experts to offer top notch insight and analysis about the Middle East and North Africa and US foreign policy in the region."
Carolyn Ziv also joins DAWN as Development Director. She previously worked as Manager of Communications at the Fund for Global Human Rights, Communications Officer at the American Jewish World Service, and Senior Grant Writer at Human Rights Watch. She also spent two and a half years working in Monrovia, Liberia, working for the United Nations, then for UNICEF as Communications Officer for the Ebola Outbreak Response team.
"Ms. Ziv combines a passion for the work of promoting human rights with deep experience in fundraising and communications," Ms. Whitson said. "She will help DAWN establish a solid financial footing and augment our external communications to help us build a community of committed and active supporters for our work."
DAWN announced Taghreed Risheq as the new Arabic Media Manager. Risheq is an award-winning, bilingual, Arabic-English journalist with extensive experience covering foreign affairs, diplomacy, politics, and human rights. She previously worked as a correspondent in Amman and Washington DC, for Al-Ghad, the Jordanian flagship newspaper. She has also worked as a researcher at Grenier Consulting LLC in Washington DC.
"With her background in international relations and her experience in journalism for an Arabic-reading audience, Ms. Risheq will help DAWN to continue expanding its reach and influence into the Arabic media throughout the region and build our audience for our Arabic-language website and publications," said DAWN's Director of Communications, Omid Memarian
Sophie Holin also joins the DAWN team as Communications Associate. Since completing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Ms. Holin has worked as a communications and social media consultant and graphic designer for several non-profit social and environmental justice organizations.
"These four new hires — Executive Director, Development Director, Arabic Media Manager, and Communications Associate — bring a wealth of diverse experiences and expertise to the DAWN team," Ms. Whitson said. "They will help build the future of DAWN, enabling the organization to continue to grow and flourish."
DAWN, founded in 2018 by Jamal Khashoggi and board members Nihad Awad, Dr. Esam Omeish, and Asim Ghafoor, was relaunched in September 2020 under the leadership of its new Executive Director, Sarah Leah Whitson. DAWN is a nonprofit organization that promotes democracy, the rule of law, and human rights for all of the peoples of the Middle East and North Africa.