Meet Our Team

API’s staff have decades of regional experience in journalism, local community development, humanitarian relief, and business.

Anisa Mehdi

Anisa Mehdi

Executive Director

Anisa Mehdi’s many years as a television news producer and director covering the Middle East inform her approach to the role of API’s Executive Director.

Benjamin Barrows

Benjamin Barrows

Director of Operations

Ben comes from a humanitarian and economic development background, leading teams and supporting communities.

Odate Hannah

Odate Hannah

Project Manager

Odate has managed projects in Palestine for more than 20 years, working with organizations including UN Women and the Jerusalem Center for Women.

Jessica Menasce

Jessica Menasce

Product and Relationship Manager

Jessica’s deepest roots are in the Middle East. With seven countries in the past three family generations, she is passionate about identity and culture.

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