Board of Directors
Dr. Cheryl Benard has worked as an analyst for European and American think tanks. She is a researcher with the RAND Corporation. She received her B.A. in political science from the American University of Beirut and her PhD from the University of Vienna, Austria. Dr. Benard founded ARCH as a result of being continuously impressed by the resilience and determination of individuals and groups in places of conflict to safeguard and increase the achievements of their cultures and civilizations. Growing up in post-World War II Europe, she saw destroyed cities rise anew and countries learn from their mistakes to achieve new respect and prosperity. “History, unfortunately, is a constant struggle between those who build and those who destroy. You just have to decide which team you’re on.”
Dr. Zalmay Khalilzad is President and CEO of Gryphon Partners LLC, an international advisory firm. He serves as a Counselor at the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS) and sits on the boards of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the RAND Corporation’s Middle East Studies Center, the American University of Iraq in Suleymania (AUIS), and the American University of Afghanistan (AUAF). Dr. Khalilzad served as U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2007-2009. Prior to that he was the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq (2005-2007) and Afghanistan (2003-2005). Ambassador Khalilzad studied at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and the University of Chicago.
Yama Jewayni is an entrepreneur and supporter of contemporary urban culture. He has been involved in opening many of Washington D.C’s favorite food and beverage destinations including the legendary Eighteenth Street Lounge, Dragonfly and Marvin. Two of his establishments are credited by the Washington Post with having significantly contributed to the transformation of problem neighborhoods into newly thriving urban districts. Yama’s involvement in ARCH is a culmination of his life long interest in the history of past civilizations. His travels include U.N world heritage sites Krak de Chevalier and Aleppo in Syria, Topkapi palace and Dolmapahce in Turkey, Jerash and Petra in Jordan, the Vatican and the Coliseum in Rome, La Giralda minaret in Sevilla, Edo era temples in Japan, Gate of the Khyber pass and the Gandahara museum in Peshawar, and the Amir Abdurrahman Khan palace in Kabul. “I have always admired countries that protect and restore their heritage sites in a manner that transcends political view points and conflicts. Afghanistan has a rich history, but a troubled one. The restoration of her heritage sites can be a source of healing past traumas and providing hope for the future.”
Eli Sugarman is Senior Director of Gryphon Partners, where he counsels leading international businesses and non-profit organizations on investment opportunities, market entry, and dispute avoidance in the broader Middle East. He previously served as a foreign affairs officer in the Department of State, where his portfolios covered regional security matters in the Middle East and Western Hemisphere. A graduate of Stanford Law School, he is the co-founder of the Afghanistan Legal Education Project and also pursues rule of law projects in Iraq. Eli became interested in the protection of cultural heritage as a university student studying archeology in Spain. “In Afghanistan and Iraq, I saw firsthand the dangers directed towards those nations’ most treasured sites. The mission of ARCH is an important one that serves future generations.”
Dr. S. Frederick Starr is Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program. He is a Research Professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University. His research, which has resulted in twenty books and 200 published articles, focuses on the rise of pluralistic and voluntary elements in modern societies, the interplay between foreign and domestic policy, and the relation of politics and culture. Starr holds a Ph.D. in History from Princeton University, an MA from King's College, Cambridge University, and a BA from Yale University. He was appointed President of Oberlin College in 1983, a position he held for eleven years. In 1994-96, he served as President of the Aspen Institute.
Dr. Deborah Klimburg-Salter is Professor for Asian Art History at the Department of Art History and Director of the Research Platform CIRDIS (Center for Research and Documentation of Inner and South Asian Cultural History) at the University of Vienna. She also directs the National Research Network (S98) “Cultural History of the Western Himalaya” – a program of the Austrian Science Fund. She received her PhD from Harvard University and her Habilitation from the University of Vienna. Since 2003, she has been a member of the UNESCO coordinating committee for the Cultural Heritage of Afghanistan. Since 2004 she has directed a joint program between the National Museum of Afghanistan, Kabul, and the University of Vienna, providing training for the curatorial staff of Kabul Museum.
- Arsalan Lutfi - New Media
- Hamid Naweed - Afghanistan
- Honey Al Sayed - Syria
- Hamid Rahimi - Youth and Civil Society
- Esad Hecimovic - Bosnia
- Karlyn D. Stanley - General Counsel
- Marri Janeka - Policy Associate
- Olivia de Dreuzy - Special Projects
- Sophia Schultz - European Representative
- Ahmad Sawiz - Kabul Liaison