Our Team

Executive Director
Amy has been working with pro-rights civil society movements around the world for over three decades. Her work for the last 15 years has focused on connecting the local pro-rights southern movements to the global pro-rights northern movements in order to promote social, economic, and environmental justice in the policies and portfolios of International Financial Institutions. Before joining Arab Watch Coalition, Amy was leading the regional programs around the world, including in the MENA region, for the Bank Information Center- a nonprofit watchdog in the US.

Amy has a master’s degree in International Relations from Elliott School, George Washington University in Washington DC, and a Participatory Community Development Diploma from the Coady Institute, St. Xavier University, Canada. She has another Masters in French-Arabic Interpretation from Ain Shams University in Egypt from where she had received a Bachelor in French Language and Literature a few years earlier.

Amy enjoys intelligent and informed debates. She can spend her days following non-stop political debates.
Communications and Advocacy Officer
Mariya worked as a journalist covering news about Morocco and the MENA Region. Her coverage spanned a wide spectrum, including politics, economy, international relations, lifestyle, technology, culture, and sports.

However, Mariya's aspirations stretch beyond the surface of words. Her desire to ignite positive change steered her path, a yearning for societal progress led her to AWC. Here, she channels her energy to champion social, economic, and environmental justice.

Mariya holds a bachelor's degree in English linguistics from Ibn Tofail University and a specialized Master’s degree in Journalism, Communication, and Translation from King Fahd School of Translation.

Hussein Cheaito
Equitable Economic Recovery Program Coordinator
Hossein Cheaito is a Development Economist with expertise in political economy, feminist economics, debt justice, and development economics. He currently serves as the Equitable Economic Recovery Programme Coordinator at Arab Watch Coalition, focusing on debt justice and IMF programming in the MENA region. Hussein's previous roles include working as a Development Economist at The Policy Initiative in Beirut and as a non-resident fellow in economic development at The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) . He holds an MSc in Development Economics from the University of Sussex and a BA in Economics with a minor in Political Studies from the American University of Beirut. Follow him on Twitter at @husseinch96.