Middle East Institute

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Kate Seelye is senior vice president of the Middle East Institute (MEI), where she oversees communications, outreach, and programs, including the institution’s growing arts and culture program. She also serves on the board of the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at George Mason University.

Lyne Sneige is the director of the Arts & Culture Program at the Middle East Institute. She has over 15 years of experience in international development in the Middle East. Before joining MEI, Sneige was Deputy Director Lebanon and Regional Projects Manager for Arts and Culture for the Middle East at the British Council operating out of Beirut. She has extensive experience in strategy and planning as well as project management, and has many years of experience in the arts and culture scene in Lebanon and throughout the Middle East.

As Vice President for Development, Kevin leads MEI's overall fundraising strategy including corporate and foundation grants, individual and estate gifts, capital campaign, and member growth.  A veteran non-profit leader, Kevin has designed and driven major operational, communications and fundraising initiatives for diverse organizations including AARP Foundation, Institute of International Education, National Community Reinvestment Coalition and the National Iranian American Council. 

Reza H. Akbari is a Research Associate for the Iran program at the Middle East Institute. Reza conducts research on Iranian domestic politics, U.S. foreign policy toward Iran, Shia politics, political transition, and democracy. He has previously served as a Program Officer for a prominent non-profit organization in Washington, D.C. focusing on human rights issues in Iran.

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Edward Long is a web development intern at the Middle East institute. He uses his experience with programming and visual design to create maps and infographics to visualize data. Ed is a student at Calvin College where he studies philosophy and political science. His interest in the Middle East comes from his participation in Middle East club at his college.

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Ambassador Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 1997 after a 31-year career, and was president of the Foundation for Middle East Peace until 2014. He previously served as press attaché in Vientiane, Laos, political and economic-commercial officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, and  chief of the Economic-Commercial Section in Dhaka, Bangladesh. His last overseas assignment was as chief of mission and consul general in Jerusalem. Ambassador Wilcox served as special assistant to the undersecretary for management, deputy director for U.N.

Alex Vatanka (الکس وطن خواه) specializes in Middle Eastern regional security affairs with a particular focus on Iran. From 2006 to 2010, he was the managing editor of Jane’s Islamic Affairs Analyst.

Dan McEwan leverages an eclectic knowledge of technical possibilities -- from microprocessors to open source software contributions -- to develop cutting-edge software tools and websites. With a history of building websites for clients ranging from the US House of Representatives to al-Jazeera, Dan is now working to advance the mission of the Middle East Institute by expanding the institute's web presence and bringing MEI's mission to a broader audience.

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