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Staff

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COL Bill Turner, USA (ret.), Chief, Program Support
Email: TurnerW@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-4047


COL (ret.) William D. Turner is the Chief of Program Support and has served as the Chief of Outreach. Bill oversees the integration of resources to execute over 60 programs and 50 plus activities annually supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense Policy involving United States government agencies with officials from 26 countries in the NESA region and numerous other partner countries/organizations worldwide. Mr. Turner retired from the U.S. Army in 2008 after serving 26 years in various tactical through strategic level staff and leadership positions. Prior to joining the NESA Center, Mr. Turner served as a deputy director for the Capstone General and Flag Officer Course at the National Defense University and as an assistant program manager at the Office of the Program Manager Saudi Arabian National Guard in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Mr. Turner is an alumnus of the National War College, National Defense University.

Cynthia Pritchett, NESA Strategic Plans and CENTCOM Liaison
Email: Cynthia.A.Pritchett.civ@mail.mil // Phone:(813) 827-5253


Cindy Pritchett is the strategic planner for the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and serves as their Liaison to U.S. Central Command in Tampa. Ms. Pritchett joined the NESA Center in 2010, and is responsible for planning, coordinating and synchronizing the Center’s annual program plan consisting of over 70 events in support of Department of Defense objectives.

Ms. Pritchett was formerly a Soldier in the United States Army, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major after over 36 years of active service. She served for two years, as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader of Combined Forces Command –Afghanistan and principle advisor to the Commander on all matters concerning the health, morale, welfare, and support and force sustainment of all U.S and coalition forces assigned. She holds a master’s degree in International Relations Global Studies from Troy University and a bachelor’s degree in administration and management from Excelsior College.

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Sam Marrero, Executive Officer
Email: samuel.marrero@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-2490


Sam Marrero is the Executive Officer at the NESA Center. Prior to NESA, he served as the Special Assistant to U.S. Ambassador Wanda Nesbitt and Research Analyst at the Department of Defense’s Conflict Records Research Center (CRRC). Mr. Marrero graduated from Wake Forest University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in History and received a Master’s degree in International Trade & Security from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in 2010. He was honored to receive a Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic in 2009, a Boren Fellowship in 2010 to research labor unrest and democratization in the Middle East, an Honorable Mention for the Saul Linowitz Federal Service Award in 2013 for his work archiving captured Al-Qaeda documents with CRRC, the Aspen Security Forum Scholarship in 2016 and the German Marshall Fund Manfred Wörner Seminar Fellowship in 2018.

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Kathryn Pearce, Registrar Manager
Email: Kathryn.a.pearce.civ@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 433-7389


Kathryn Pearce is the Registrar Manager at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. She works with the U.S. Embassies, local Embassies, and partners to register all nominees for various NESA courses. She also works in DSAMS, SANweb, and RCPAMS. Her biggest joy is building relationships with the country teams, embassy representatives, and participants. Ms. Pearce joined the NESA Center as the Registrar Manager in December 2018, after serving as the Participant Programs Manager. She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Berry College and a Master’s degree in International Relations from American University.

Jaide Tarwid

Jaide Tarwid, Deputy Registrar
Email: Jaide.N.Tarwid.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 262-2794


Jaide Tarwid is the Deputy Registrar at the NESA Center. Before joining NESA, Jaide worked with the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence where she conducted research on ethical development and fielding of AI. She also has experience working with a non-profit at the Diar Foundation where Jaide assisted with constructing educational security programs for women and children in South Sudan. Jaide graduated with a B.A. from George Mason University double majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution and Global Affairs. As Jaide furthers her work with NESA she plans to continue pursuing her studies in international conflict, negotiations, and development.

Monas Kpakpa, Contract Manager
Email: monas.kpakpa.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-2428


Monas is the Contract Manager and is fully responsible for management and integration of all supporting functions to achieve deliverables for all engagements, programs, and contractor personnel tasked with supporting the NESA Center. This includes the management and oversight of all activities performed by contractor personnel, including subcontractors, to satisfy contract requirements and deliverables.  Monas previously served as Program Planning Manager at the NESA Center. He previously worked at the NESA Center’s sister organization, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, as Finance and Contract Manager, and as well as Program Support and Accounting Manager, and as later a Program Manager. He has proven expertise in program management, program planning, procurement, accounting, finance, budgeting, and operations experience within private companies, and the Federal Government. He holds an M.S. in Accounting and M.B.A, both from Strayer University’s Graduate School of Business, and is fluent in English, French, and several African languages.

Omar Sedky

Omar Sedky, Events Program Planning Manager
Email: omar.m.sedky.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-9457


Omar Sedky is the Program Planning Manager. He previously served as Senior Event Program Planner at the NESA Center. He also serves as adjunct faculty for Kean University and Ocean County College. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Monmouth University and an M.B.A. from Brandeis University’s International Business School. He is an experienced project manager, program manager and analyst, with over 10 years of experience. Mr. Sedky has worked internationally in both government and private sector positions, including in politics, defense, education-related development, business expansion, and data analysis.

Nour Negley, Participant Programs Manager
Email: nour.s.negley.ctr@ndu.edu


Nour Negley is the Participant Programs Manager at the NESA center. Nour is a native Arabic speaker with eight years of program management experience working on the Syrian crisis and Jordan refugee support. She negotiated humanitarian resource access in high-conflict areas in Syria and designed and implemented interventions for humanitarian assistance, remote project management, and monitoring in disaster and conflict environments. She managed conflict and stabilization programs and business development for top USAID implementing partners, including DAI and Global Communities. Nour is a National Security Education Program (NSEP) scholar at Georgetown University. She is completing her Masters in Homeland Security, with an international focus on counterterrorism, at Pennsylvania State University.

Nancy Luong, Media & Communications Specialist
Email: nancy.m.luong.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-9467


Nancy Luong is the Media and Communications Specialist at the NESA Center. She is responsible for developing promotional and informational material for the Center, conducting media-related research, and recommending means to increase awareness of the Center across the NESA region. Before joining the NESA Center, Mrs. Luong was the Webmaster and Photographer for the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Her direct responsibilities were with online media, usability, and communications. With over 20 years of experience, Mrs. Luong has held positions focusing on virtual instruction, learning management, content management, graphic design, marketing, multi-media, print, search engine optimization, and web design. Mrs. Luong completed a B.F.A. in Communication Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University with a minor in Religious Studies.

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Peter Klu, Information Technology Specialist
Email: Peter.S.Klu.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 316-5882


Having earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Minor in Mathematics, and armed with MS in Electrical Engineering, Peter’s goal was to complement his natural technical savvy with a strong foundation in Software and Web Development, Networking, VOIP and Ethical Hacking. In order to understand the ever-changing IT field, Peter needed to gain extensive experiences. The best way to do this, he felt, was to join a Big 8 firm within the IT consulting practice. He accepted a position with Booze Allen & Hamilton where he gained extensive software development and RDBMS experience.

Peter left and went consulting for different software companies through his established business. Peter consulted for the likes of Booze Allen & Hamilton, Price Water Cooper, Ernest and Young, Microsoft, IBM, National Defense University and other small technology companies. Peter also worked for Africa Center and Near East South Asia Center as an Information Management Officer (IMO).

Gillian Hurtt, Education Technology Specialist
Email: gillian.e.hurtt.ctr@ndu.edu


Gillian Hurtt is the Education Technology Specialist at the NESA Center. She is responsible for developing and supporting virtual educational goals, recommending design and communication trends to implement into the school’s learning environment, and assisting faculty and staff with developing and implementing course content. Prior to joining the NESA Center, Ms. Hurtt spent over 5 years in the local television news industry as a newscast Producer and Director. These roles allowed her to develop and hone her technical and communication skills, which are of paramount importance in her current position at the NESA Center. Ms. Hurtt graduated from Virginia Tech in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication/Multimedia Journalism and a minor in Business Leadership.

Christopher Muller, Outreach and Alumni Coordinator


Christopher Muller is the Outreach and Alumni Coordinator at the NESA Center. He is the senior coordinator for all NESA alumni events and is responsible for supporting alumni affairs and professional education goals, developing and implementing outreach strategy, and assessing NESA’s mission impact. Christopher is a Russian speaker with over six years of experience managing language acquisition programs, professional training, and research fellowships throughout Eastern Europe and Western and Central Asia. He gained exposure to the NESA region through prior roles with American Councils for International Education and NBC Sports and Olympics and has worked as an educational consultant and project manager within U.S. higher education. He holds a B.A. in International studies with a specialization in International Communication and a regional focus on Russia and Eurasia from American University’s School of International Service.

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Marlene Ryan, Senior Events Program Planner
Email: RyanM@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-2132


Marlene Ryan is the Senior Event Program Planner at the NESA Center, where she has worked in program management for 15 years. Previously she worked in business development with General Dynamics, and at the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s D.C. Headquarters as a Fingerprint Examiner.

Magoumba Dieye, Senior Events Program Planner
Email: magoumba.dieye.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 433-1030


Magoumba Dieye is Senior Event and Program Planner at NESA. Prior to NESA, he worked in the private sector, in the fields of business development, outreach, and events, including as Assistant Office Manager at the D.C. location of the law firm Finnegan. Mr. Dieye holds a B.A. in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Amira Siddiqi, Senior Events Program Planner
Email: amira.c.siddiqi.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 391-3955


Amira Siddiqi is a Senior Event Program Planner at the NESA Center. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from The Ohio State University and is currently pursuing an M.A. in Islamic Studies from George Washington University. Having previously interned at the NESA Center, Ms. Siddiqi is experienced in program execution, curriculum development, and research analysis.

Trevor Dykas, Senior Events Program Planner
Email: trevor.m.dykas.ctr@ndu.edu


Trevor Dykas is a 2021 graduate from the University of New Haven, where he majored in National Security Studies. Throughout his collegiate career, Trevor developed a strong interest in international affairs, specifically in the Middle East and North Africa region. He previously worked as a Research Intern at the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and is excited to be brought on as a Senior Events Program Planner. Trevor was also a part of the Democracy & Human Rights Foundation, a nonprofit startup, as an Assistant Program Director. He is currently pursuing publication for two co-authored academic research papers focusing on terrorism and its effects in international conflicts.

 

Emily Santucci, Participant Programs Assistant
Email: emily.r.santucci.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 423-6446


Emily Santucci is the Participant Programs Assistant at the NESA Center. Prior to her current role, Emily gained extensive exposure to the study and research of the Middle East and North Africa region through internships with the NESA Center, Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, and the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of International Affairs for the MENA Division. She also acquired first-hand experience living in the region while studying Arabic abroad in Amman, Jordan. Emily holds a B.A. in International Affairs and Middle East Studies (with a minor in Arabic Studies) from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University.

 

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Michael Riddick, Chief of Resources
Email: michael.riddick.civ@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-4993


Michael Riddick is the NESA Center’s Chief of Resources. Mr. Riddick brings to NESA a decade of experience working in financial management for various U.S. Defense Department offices, including Army Cyber Command as well as at NESA’s sister regional center, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Mr. Riddick retired from the U.S. Army in 2007. He holds an MBA from Strayer University, an MA in Human Resources Management from Webster University, and is a graduate of the Army Comptroller Course from the Whitman School of Management, Syracuse University.

Scott Dorsey

Scott Dorsey, Resource Specialist
Email: dorseys@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-3847


Scott Dorsey is the Resource Specialist and subject matter expert for security and travel at the NESA Center. As the Defense Area Security Officer (DASO), he is responsible for ensuring the NESA Center’s operations comply with National, DoD, and NDU security directives and policies. Mr. Dorsey previously served as the Program Planning Manager at the NESA Center for 15 years. He worked at the NESA Center’s sister organization, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, as the Program Support Manager. Before working for the NESA Center, Mr. Dorsey was a branch manager for 10 years at Suntrust Bank (Capitol Hill). He has proven expertise in program management, program planning, procurement, accounting, finance, budgeting. He holds an B.S. in Business Administration from Virginia Union University. Scott has several Federal Government Budgeting certificates as well as a Leadership and Planning certificate from George Washington University.

Brooke Zitney, Management Analyst
Email: Brooke.Zitney@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-4994


Brooke Zitney works as a Management Analyst for NESA. She has been with NESA for 13 years also serving as Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) for all assigned NESA support contracts. She directs, develops and performs logistics management operations required to support mission and or other designated programs. She provides effectiveness and efficiency of resource management and program operations to includes short- and long-range program planning and analysis, and budget analysis.

 

Academic Affairs

Jeffrey S. Payne, Manager of Academic Affairs
Email: Jeffrey.payne.civ@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 433-7191


Jeffrey Payne serves as Manager of Academic Affairs at the NESA Center. An Asia Hand and Maritime Specialist by training, he leads programs focused on the maritime domain and pertaining to the Asia-Pacific’s influence in the NESA AOR. Mr. Payne has lectured at universities, think tanks, and national defense institutions throughout the United States and within the NESA Center area of responsibility. His writings have appeared in various peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Some of the newspapers and magazines his writing has appeared in include ChinaFile, The Diplomat, War on the Rocks, and the Middle East Institute’s MAP Project Series.

Fahad Malaikah, In Country Events and Alumni Affairs Coordinator
Email: Fahad.Malaikah.ctr@ndu.edu // Phone: (202) 685-4995


Fahad Malaikah serves as the NESA Center’s In Country Events and Alumni Affairs Coordinator. He additionally serves as Program Manager of the Strategic Studies Network, a unique NESA Center initiative that serves as a consortium of over 65 strategic studies centers from across the NESA region and Europe. Mr. Malaikah joined the NESA Center in 2010 as a Research Associate. He has published articles on Middle East security issues in outlets including The National Interest, The Washington Times, and the Small Wars Journal.

Mr. Malaikah received a BA in Political Science and Middle East Studies from Georgia State University, and an MA in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Center for Contemporary Arab Studies.