Team

Jason Pack —  Founder & Emeritus Director

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Jason Pack is the Founder & Emeritus Director of Eye on ISIS in Libya. Jason has recently accepted the position of Executive Director of the US-Libya Business Association (USLBA) and is therefore no longer involved in the day-to-day management of Eye On ISIS.

Jason’s advisory work has consisted of frequent meetings with the MoD, DoD, FCO, State Department, NATO and the UN. Connected to this pro-bono advisory/advocacy work, Jason’s consultancy arm, Libya-Analysis®, specialises in producing bespoke reports for Western companies and governments. In this capacity, he is the North Africa Analyst at Risk Intelligence, a Danish company specialising in maritime risk and long-range assessment.

Jason is a researcher of Libyan History. He is on a leave of absence from his position as a doctoral student and researcher at Cambridge University. His doctoral research focuses on the strategic, diplomatic, and institutional factors that shaped the British Military Administration of Libya from 1942 to 1951 tracing the antecedents of British policy towards Cyrenaica all the way back to the 1880s. Jason holds an M.St. in Global and Imperial history from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. Jason has lived seven years in Middle Eastern countries including  Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, and Syria (where he was a Fulbright Fellow from 2004-5).  Jason reads and speaks Arabic and French.

As an academic operating in the policy space, Jason strives to bring objective information and analysis to those who need it most — decision makers and the public. Jason’s media output consists of over a hundred op-eds and news analysis articles in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and other top outlets in over fifteen countries.

Rhiannon Smith — Managing Director

660x390image1332940510-5747-Photo5-0 (1)Rhiannon Smith is Managing Director at EyeOnISISinLibya.com and Managing Director of Libya-Analysis®, a consultancy organization specialising in producing bespoke reports on Libya for Western companies and governments. Previously, Rhiannon was the Programme Manager for the Middle East at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School (CJBS). As part of this role she managed the Middle East Research Centre at CJBS, focusing on the particular leadership and management challenges facing Middle Eastern organisations.

She lived in Tripoli, Libya from September 2010 to February 2011, then October 2011 through to January 2014, working for a number of organisations including Libyan research consultancy Know Libya and international NGO No Peace Without Justice. She has written opinion and commentary articles on Libya for numerous media outlets including Al-Jazeera, Open Democracy, the New Statesman, and Middle East Eye, among others. Rhiannon holds an MSc in Development Management from the Open University and a BA Hons in Arabic, with French and Persian from the University of Exeter. She speaks, writes and reads Arabic and French.

Lydia Sizer — Partner

LCRS HeadshotLydia Sizer is a senior consultant at Menas Associates in London since December 2014. Previously, Lydia was a Senior Associate at The Delma Institute in the United Arab Emirates from 2015-2016, where she led the company’s strategic advisory work for the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Prior to that, Lydia served as one of two Libya Desk Officers at the Department of State from July 2012-2014. While there, she served as one of the main point of contacts for the State Department on US foreign policy towards Libya, including to the interagency, Congress, foreign governments, and the general public.

Prior to her service in government, Lydia studied advanced Arabic in Beirut, Lebanon, where she conducted field research on traditional Arab dispute settlement techniques for her master’s thesis. Prior to Lebanon, Lydia researched Middle Eastern and Eastern European politics and security issues at several think tanks in Washington, DC, including the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the American Enterprise Institute, the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, and Search for Common Ground.  She also worked in the private sector at Booz Allen Hamilton and Caerus Associates, where she focused on conflict dynamics in Libya and Somalia.  Lydia received an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she triple majored in International Economics, Middle East Studies and Conflict Management, and a B.A. with honors in International Relations from Brown University.

Nate Mason — Partner

NateMasonHeadShot-BWwebNate Mason is an independent consultant focused on North Africa. He assists companies with market entry strategy, business strategy, and government relations. He served as the Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli from December 2011 through March 2013. In 2011 he served as an embedded U.S. government adviser in the Ministry of Commerce & Industry in Liberia. Prior to that he was the North Africa Desk Officer at the U.S. Department of Commerce from 2005 to 2010. He is the author of several published articles about North Africa including Tripoli Cannot Impose Unity on Libya, Libyan Militias: The West’s Partners Against ISIS? and Oil and Power in the New Libya.

 

Aaron Y. Zelin — Head of ISIS Materials

downloadAaron Y. Zelin is the Richard Borow Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is also a PhD candidate at King’s College London where his dissertation is on the history of the Tunisian jihadi movement. Zelin is the founder of the widely acclaimed and cited website Jihadology.net and its podcast JihadPod.

Zelin’s research focuses on global jihadi groups in North Africa and Syria. He is also the author of the New America Foundation’s January 2013 study The State of the Global Jihad Online, the June 2014 Washington Institute study The War Between ISIS and al-Qaeda for Supremacy of the Global Jihadist Movement, and the January 2016 Washington Institute study The Islamic State’s Territorial Methodology. You can follow him on Twitter @azelin.

 

Jennifer Segal — Graphic Designer

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Jennifer Segal is a multi-disciplinary artist living and working in NYC. Her design projects range from fashion to web, with a focus on the synergy between shape, line, and color placement. Her hobbies include blogging, painting, health & well being, organization and home improvement.

Anna R. Pack — Web Developer

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Anna Pack is a freelance WordPress theme developer, photographer, and Apple technology tutor.