Prior to co-founding and working as the Managing Director of DC-based People Demand Change, Nidal Betare has held numerous positions working with civil society and refugee communities of Palestine, Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon. He has also worked as a freelance researcher with NPR and as an interpreter for McClatchy. Mr Betare has been widely published and has spoken on numerous panels including the Annual World Bank meeting in 2013, the UN in New York City and Tokyo, Japan and at a variety of universities around the United States on the conflicts across the Arab region. Mr. Betare holds a Masters in Political Sociology.
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