Peace First Staff

Executive Office



Eric Dawson
CEO & Co-Founder

As CEO, my job is to amplify the amazing work of young people and chart a course for Peace First.

I was an angry kid and wasn't always taken seriously. I want to make sure every single young person on the planet who wants to change the world, can.







Beeta Ansari
Chief of Staff

As Chief of Staff I work closely with the CEO and the Leadership Team to build systems and processes that accelerate Peace First's impact. I believe in supporting young people with the tools and resources to drive change - and then getting out of their way!






Operational Leadership Team



Dalia Ezzat
Senior Director of Global Communications & Digital Strategy

I lead Peace First's communications amplifying stories of young social innovators around the world, while promoting the organization's mission of building a more just and peaceful world. I act as the focal point between vision and implementation, creating strategies and systems to integrate workflows across three functions: global communications, digital strategy and community management.

I want to help young people own the narrative about their ability to lead social change.





Mohammad Sammour
Global Director of Programs

I help Peace First Fellows in Residence in implementing, scaling and improving our program delivery work with young people around the world.

I have always believed in the power of young people in creating change, if they were provided with the right resources, and this is what we do in Peace First.






Khanh Nguyen
Senior Director of Finance & Operations

I make sure we have the systems and process to pay staff, give out mini grants and make sure we're doing it legally, ethically and correctly. Along with other colleagues, I work to make Peace First is an inclusive, equitable and fun place to work.

I believe that young people are the future and that future is now.






Operations and Development



Amy Burns
Finance Manager

I support Peace First with grant processing, accounts payable, expenses and budgeting to help implement efficiency and accuracy in the finance team.

I like supporting young people who are doing great things in the world through financial administration. I think it's important to allow locals in their communities to be the experts in what issues they think are relevant, and let us know the best way to implement change.



Jenny Love
Director of Organizational Change & Learning

I work on Peace First's internal operations, optimizing systems and processes and making sure they align with our goals and values.

Youth- and community-led initiatives have the power to transform lives around the world. I want to help these projects, and the communities that cultivate them, to thrive.




Sydney Axelrod

Employee Engagement Manager

I work to make Peace First a safe, purposeful and equitable environment with opportunities for learning and growth. I facilitate the sharing of information and the capture of input and feedback in order to promote a positive, inclusive and transparent organizational culture in line with Peace First's values.

My work at Peace First allows me the unique opportunity to leverage my interpersonal skills to contribute to larger-scale social change by focusing on fostering an inclusive organizational culture to support young changemakers around the world.




Claire Looney
Development Operations Assistant

I provide essential administrative support to advance Peace First’s fundraising strategy and ensure young people can continue their important work around the world.









Reshini Premratane
Development Officer

I work to support Peace First's development, just as it did me when I was a young changemaker ten years ago applying to the Peace First Fellowship. I support the vision and work to ensure we have the funding necessary to continue doing what we do best, which is empowering young people to do what they do best: changing the world.






Pernelle Naidoo
Product Manager

I collaborate across teams at Peace First to develop a digital platform that gives our users the best experience.

It's a rare opportunity to work at a place where you share common values and a common purpose and that's what Peace First is for me.









Oluwaseun Kayode
Senior Program Manager

I support the execution and delivery of the Fellows in Residence strategic and programmatic goals.

Young people have the power and ideas to create lasting change in their communities and my job at Peace First is to support them in doing that. 






Mumbe Mwangangi
Program Operations Coordinator

I work in coordination with the program team through administration of grant management and reporting systems to deliver effective support to young social change leaders.

When young people are prepared and supported, they can deliver great ideas, new systems of thinking and offer solutions to the world's pressing problems. That is the world I would like to live in.



Read about our Fellows in Residence, the young leaders on our team who implement Peace First's programs around the world.