My name is Mouhanad A. Al-Rifay ( مُهنّد الرِّفاعي ). I am originally from Damascus, Syria. I grew up in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, and I call it home. I come from a family of famous artists, thinkers, authors, religious and political figures. I am a self-proclaimed global citizen, travel extensively, own many shoes and love my dog!

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I have a B.A. in Psychology, International Development and Conflict Management. I earned two certificates, one in Peace PIE (Peacebuilding Practice, Innovation & Entrepreneurship) and the second in Advanced Training in Multi-Track Diplomacy from the University of Maryland – College Park. I am a proud fluent native Arabic speaker.

In 2011, I co-founded the Syrian-American Network for Aid and Development-SANAD. At SANAD we are dedicated to supporting Syrian refugees, families and children, as they escape the ongoing Syrian conflict. The word SANAD ( سَنَد ) comes from the Arabic language, meaning support. I am currently working in international development,  developing my podcast, and finalizing my first short documentary film series about Syrian refugee children subject to child labor.

I focus on many topics such as global communications, international development, education, youth development, new-media, humanitarian aid mechanisms, conflict resolution, political transition and film production. I believe that teamwork makes the dream-work, so feel free to contact me to collaborate on new projects.