About us


Hadi al Khatib

Managing Director

Hadi is the Managing Director of Mnemonic and the founder of the Syrian Archive. Hadi has worked since 2011 to collect, verify, and investigate citizen-generated data as evidence of human rights violations. Hadi previously worked with Tactical Technology Collective to support journalists and human rights groups in securing their data, devices and communications online. Hadi worked as a part-time open source investigator with Human Rights Watch and Bellingcat. He also worked as a consultant with the UN International, Impartial, and Independent Mechanism. Hadi is a fellow at Ashoka, and the Centre for Internet and Human Rights. He was selected for the 2021 #TIME100NEXT list, the FastCompany's Most Creative People in Business list for 2021, and as one of Wired UK's 2021 list of changemakers.

A. Jaloud

Program Director - Yemeni Archive

Al Jaloud is the Yemeni Archive Program Director at Mnemonic. He has over nine years of project management experience focusing on the human rights sector. Previously, Al Jaloud worked at WITNESS as the Middle East and North Africa regional advisor, building networks of human rights activists and citizen journalists and conducting training and ‘training of trainers’ on digital security and using video as evidence of human rights violations. He has additionally worked as a research assistant focusing on the Syria crisis for institutes such as the Carnegie Middle East Center, Princeton University, and NHK world Japan. Al Jaloud has produced two documentaries and won an “I” award for outstanding television news program based on humanitarian point of view, hosted by Ishii Motoko in 2016.

Rahaf A.

Program Manager - Syrian Archive

Rahaf is managing the Syrian Archive Program. With an experience of over 11 years in project management, she has experience in managing multi-donor programs. She worked with international organizations including UNHCR, JICA, USAID, FCDO, GAC and others. Her focus was on development and social support projects with grass root CSOs in different parts of Syria. Among other partners during that time, she was part of managing the support to the White Helmets where she worked very closely with the organization.

Jeff Deutch

Senior Researcher

Jeff is a Senior Researcher at Mnemonic. With more than 10 years of experience in the human rights and nonprofit sector, Jeff previously worked with Tactical Technology Collective where he engaged in research concerning the risk and barriers activist communities face in using technology for transparency and accountability. Jeff has a doctorate from Humboldt University in Berlin, Masters in Public Policy from Hertie School of Governance, and a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College. He is also a fellow and member of the steering committee at the Centre for Internet and Human Rights.

Libby McAvoy

Legal Advisor

Libby is a lawyer based in Berlin and barred in Washington State. At Mnemonic she specializes in digital evidence archives, litigation support, and open source investigations into international crimes and human rights violations. Previously, Libby worked with the Video as Evidence program at WITNESS and the Project on War Crimes and Mass Graves at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic. She earned her J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Carol Stephan

Grant Specialist

Carol is the Grant Specialist at Mnemonic, with over five years of experience in grant and project management roles in the humanitarian and development sectors, focusing on the MENA region. She has previously worked at Terre des hommes multi-country delegation of Jordan and Palestine, Mercy Corps - Iraq, and Democracy Reporting International, where she supported projects in Tunisia and Libya, and has fieldwork experience with UNHCR Jordan. Carol holds a MA in Public Policy from the Central European University in Budapest, as well as a Double Bachelor's degree in Political Science and Middle East Studies from McGill University in Montréal.

Tareef M.

Tech Lead

Tareef is the tech lead at Mnemonic, oversees the all projects, putting plans and schedules and working with tech team to reach the technical goals. Tareef has worked with Mnemonic since 2017 as a researcher then a web developer before leading the tech team. Tareef worked as a project manager with Hsoub which is a group of Internet businesses that operates the largest two Arabic freelancing platforms. Tareef holds an associate degree in computer science from UoPeople.

Baraa T.

Project Manager and Data Coordinator

Baraa is Project Manager and Data Coordinator with Mnemonic’s Yemeni Archive project. She previously worked in the social and humanitarian field. Most recently, she worked on project design, initiation and implementation for the Ayounkoun project, providing eye care for Syrians and Lebanese in need, funded by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Baraa studied political science at the American University in Beirut.

Haneen K.

Project Manager

Haneen is a Project Manager with Mnemonic. With over 8 years of experience in journalism and open source investigation, Haneen has previously worked as a journalist with many outlets, including Enab Baladi. Alongside conducting investigations, she runs trainings on open source investigations. Haneen studied Communicational Engineering at the University of Damascus.

Mustafa K.


Mustafa is an investigator with Mnemonic at the Syrian Archive.

Taha M.

Open Source Investigator

Taha is an Investigator with Mnemonic at the Syrian Archive. He has a Master degree in Political studies from the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris.

Michael Elsanadi

Open Source Investigator

Michael is an Investigator with Mnemonic specialized in open source investigations into conflict zones in the Middle East and North Africa. He has previously worked on public and confidential investigations for organizations such as Physicians for Human Rights into human rights violations committed in Syria, Sudan, and Yemen. Alongside conducting investigations, he runs trainings on open source investigative techniques with the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley. Michael studied Middle Eastern Studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Mohamad O.

Archival Officer

Mohamad is a researcher with Mnemonic, mainly working on quality control of the archiving process with the Syrian archive project. He also volunteers with Refugee Voices Tours and finishing a Master's in Humboldt University in political science.

Gregory Waters

Open-Source Investigator

Gregory Waters is an Investigator with Mnemonic. Greg researches security forces, primarily utilizing open source research to assess the capabilities and structure of Army and allied militias. Gregory is a non-Resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute and works as a research analyst at the Counter Extremism Project.

Kayla Koontz

Open-Source Investigator

Kayla Koontz is an Investigator with Mnemonic. She graduated from UC Berkeley’s Global Studies MA Program and former researcher at the UC Berkeley Human Rights Center. She received her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies from San Francisco State University in 2016. Her work has been published by the Middle East Institute, and Bellingcat.

Giovanni C.

System Administrator

Giovanni is a System Administrator with Mnemonic where he primarily works on system administration. He is responsible for the installation and maintenance of all the IT systems, including data collection, archival, and storage. Giovanni has a background in political activism, has collaborated with human rights groups and journalists on topics of investigation and online security. He also worked on community infrastructure projects.

Roberta Pasini

Finance & Administration Manager

Roberta is Mnemonic’s Finance & Administration Manager. With more than 10 years of experience as project and programme manager in the field of development and cooperation, Roberta previously worked as project manager for MiCT, country representative of No Peace Without Justice in Gaziantep, Turkey, and local project manager at the Italian Cooperation in Jerusalem. Roberta has a Masters degree in Cultures, Institutions and Languages of the Mediterranean area from Ca’ Foscari University, Venice. Roberta is also part of the SyriaUntold media project.


Mnemonic is an NGO dedicated to archiving, investigating and memorialising digital information documenting human rights violations and international crimes. Mnemonic also provides trainings, conducts research, engages in content moderation advocacy, and develops tools to support advocacy, justice and accountability.