David Keyes, Directordavid@cyberdissidents.org
is the executive director of Advancing Human Rights and co-founder of CyberDissidents.org. He served as coordinator for democracy programs under famed Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky and assisted a former UN ambassador. Keyes was called a "pioneer in online activism" by The New York Times and is a contributor to Newsweek/The Daily Beast. He has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New Republic, Reuters, The Huffington Post and many other leading publications. He has appeared on MSNBC, PBS and Bloomberg TV. Keyes spoke on human rights in the US Congress, Italian Parliament, and Google and held meetings with Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President George W. Bush. Keyes created the First Annual Saudi Women's Grand Prix. He graduated with honors from UCLA in Middle Eastern Studies and completed a Masters in Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University. He speaks Arabic and Hebrew.
Nir Boms, Senior Contributornir@cyberdissidents.org
Nir Boms is a co-founder of CyberDissidents.org. Previously he was the founder the Center for Freedom in the Middle East and the Vice President of the Washington based Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Mr. Boms lectures extensively on human rights in the Middle East and has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, The Asia Times, The National Interest, and many other publications. He also participated in the writing of “Copts in Egypt, A Christian Minority Under Siege” (G2W-Verlag, 2006) and “The Long March to the West” (Valentine Mitchell, 2007).
His Ph.D. dissertation focuses on the Influence of Information Technology on the Creation of Civic Society in Syria and Iran.
Ahed Al Hendi, Contributorahed@cyberdissidents.org
Ahed Alhendi is the founder of Syrian Youth for Justice. As a student in Syria, he was imprisoned and tortured for political activism. He fled his homeland shortly thereafter and has lived in the United States ever since. He continues to struggle for human rights in Syria and is a vociferous critic of the al-Assad dictatorship.
Al Hendi's work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Reuters, The Daily Beast, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post. He has also been interviewed by CNN, NPR, Russia Today Arabic, Al Hurra, France 24 Arabic, Al Jazeera English, and Bloomberg.
Solmaz Sharif, Iran Program Manager/Social Media Online Community Managersolmaz@cyberdissidents.org
Solmaz Sharif is an Iranian journalist and broadcaster with more than 12 years of experience. She has worked in various reformist newspapers in Iran as society and women sports reporter. Sharif founded the first Iranian women sports magazine called, Shirzanan, and was a broadcaster in BBC Persian. She moved to America in 2007 and now lives in New York. She is interested in digital journalism and reporting in Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and Azerbaijan. She's fluent in Persian, English, and Turkish.