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ARAB-AMERICAN FRONTIERS PROGRAM STAFF


Dr. Dalal Najib
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St NW, Keck 534
Washington, DC 20001
USA
Email: dnajib@nas.edu
Phone: +1 202 334 1728
DNajib 
Dalal Najib is a Senior Program Officer in the Policy and Global Affairs Division of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS), working mainly on international development and capacity building through science and technology in developing countries. She currently manages the Arab American Frontiers Program of Science, Engineering and Medicine. She also works on the USAID-funded PEER program, where she manages S&T grants in Africa, Middle East, and North Africa (MENA), and Asia. Dalal first joined NAS as a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow on the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board. She holds a PhD in space physics and engineering from the University of Michigan, under the NASA Earth and Space Sciences Fellowship. She also completed a Master’s degree in public policy from the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan with a focus on science and technology policy in developing countries. Prior to that, Dalal received her undergraduate degree in aerospace and aeronautical engineering from Supaero (Toulouse, France). She is fluent in French, Arabic, English, and Spanish.
 
 
  
Mr. Robert Gasior
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St NW, Keck 508
Washington, DC 20001
USA
Email: rgasior@nas.edu
Phone: +1 202-334-3840
 
RGasior  
Robert Gasior is an Associate Program Officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and provides program support for various science and technology cooperation initiatives, including the Arab-American Frontiers program. He is the grants manager for the PEER awards focused on health 11 countries. In the past, he coordinated the Forum on Microbial Threats at the Institute of Medicine. Before joining the National Academies, Rob worked on international development and building student leadership capacity at the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the American University of Cairo, Egypt. Robert received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and anthropology-zoology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health degree in epidemiology at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health.
 
 
  
Mr. Daniel Placht
National Academy of Sciences
500 Fifth St. NW, Keck W524
Washington, DC 20001
USA
Email: dplacht@nas.edu
Phone: +1 202 334 2459
 
DPlacht  
Daniel Placht is Senior Program Assistant in the Development, Security, and Cooperation unit of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He currently provides programmatic support for the Arab-American Frontiers and PEER programs which focus on international development and capacity building through improved access to science and technology. Before joining NAS, Daniel interned at the International Law Institute in Washington, DC as well as multiple international development NGOs in Cairo, Egypt. He holds an undergraduate degree in International Affairs from Bard College in New York.