Shoshana Stewart CEO
Shoshana is the CEO of Turquoise Mountain, where she has worked since 2007. Prior to Turquoise Mountain, Shoshana worked as teacher and administrator in low-income urban communities with Teach For America and Uncommon Schools in New York City, Boston and Honduras. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Astrophysics, a Master's Degree in Education, and an MBA from the London Business School.
Scott Liddle, Country Director
Scott has degrees from Oxford and Harvard. He studied Arabic in Egypt and Syria, and worked briefly as a translator in Lebanon. He has also studied Persian and spent time in Iran. From 2012 to 2014 he worked as a delegate of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Algeria, Iraq, and Libya. Scott joined Turquoise Mountain as Country Director in November 2014.
Engineer Hedayatullah Ahmadzai, Head of Engineering
Engineer Hedayatullah Ahmadzai responsible for the overall project management of the urban regeneration work in Murad Khani. Over eight years, he has worked closely with over thirty international architects and engineers to restore 112 historic buildings, install paving and sanitation in the area and clear away over 30,000 tonnes of garbage from the streets.
Ajmal Samimi, CFO
One of Turquoise Mountain's very first employees Ajmal has worked for the project since its earliest days. Ajmal is responsible for the financial management of both the Turquoise Mountain Trust and the Turquoise Mountain Institute.
Waheed Khalili, Turquoise Mountain Institute Director
Waheed Khalili is the Director of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, with overall responsibility for the day-to-day running and strategic oversight of the organization. A keen art historian he has worked in the cultural heritage sector in Afghanistan since 2004, and with Turquoise Mountain since 2007. He has coordinated some of the Institute's most ambitious projects, from the exhibition at the Museum of Islamic Arts in Doha, to a high profile exhibition held at the National Museum celebrating Ghazni as the 2013 City of Islamic Culture.
Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Middle East Director
Thalia is currently overseeing a new Turquoise Mountain project in Saudi Arabia. From 2007, Thalia was formerly the founding Director of the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, handing over leadership in 2011. She is a current member of the Institute Board of Directors. From 2012-2015, Thalia was Deputy Director (Education) at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha where, as a member of the museum's senior management, she developed the Education Centre team and oversaw all its activities. Thalia’s training is in Islamic art and architectural history, in which she holds her PhD (London, 2006), and has published significant peer-reviewed research. She has held visiting lectureships at the Institute for Ismaili Studies, Victoria & Albert Museum and Sotheby’s Institute for Art, and was scholar-in-residence at the Getty Conservation Institute and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Harry Wardill, Myanmar Director
A structural engineer by training, in 2009 Harry spent two years with Turquoise Mountain designing and project managing the delivery of a number buildings for the Turquoise Mountain Institute. Following his time with Turquoise Mountain Harry completed a scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and went on to work for the Prince's Regeneration Trust in London before returning to Turquoise Mountain in 2014 as Director of Turquoise Mountain's projects in Myanmar.