Matt Trevithick is a native of Boston, MA with a decade of experience on the ground in the Middle East and Central Asia in higher education and international development. He is a graduate of Boston University and recipient of their Distinguished Young Alumni Award. A former employee of the American University of Iraq – Sulaimani as well as the American University of Afghanistan, Matt co-founded an Istanbul-based monitoring and evaluation firm that provides impartial regional needs assessments for the world’s leading humanitarian and development organizations. A former researcher at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, his first book, with a foreword by U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker, detailed the life of Afghanistan’s first Minister of Higher Education. A member of the Dartmouth Conference—the longest continuous bilateral discussion between citizens of Russia and the United States to avoid nuclear war and strengthen ties—he also has a certificate in Persian language from Tehran University and has published widely in the American media on foreign policy issues.