We are a dedicated group of analysts, researchers, lawyers, and activists who aim to fulfill Jamal Kashoggi's vision of helping to promote democracy and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa.


Sevag Kechichian

Sevag Kechichian is a Senior Researcher at DAWN. He joins the organization with more than 20 years of experience.

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Sahar Aziz

Sahar Aziz is Professor of Law, Chancellor's Social Justice Scholar, and the Middle East and Legal Studies Scholar at Rutgers University Law School.

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Mongi Dhaouadi

Mongi Dhaouadi was born and raised in Tunisia and moved to the US when he was 19 years old to study Electrical Engineering.

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Michele Alexander

Michele Alexander is a long-standing nonprofit executive with more than 25 years of executive management experience.

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Reed Brody

Reed Brody is an American lawyer with decades of experience in international litigation and advocacy.

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Tawakkol Karman

Tawakkol Karman was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2011 in recognition for her non-violent struggle for democracy and her advocacy for women's rights in Yemen.

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Nihad Awad

Nihad Awad is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016

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