Shoshana Stewart, CEO

Shoshana is the CEO of Turquoise Mountain, where she has worked since 2006. She has an MBA from the London Business School, a Master's Degree in Education, and a Bachelor's Degree in Astrophysics. 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.

Richard Dwerryhouse, COO

Richard joined the team in Kabul in 2007 where he would run the regeneration of the old city and oversee all things financial in the early years. Having practiced as a Chartered Accountant within the UK, he made the leap into international development with projects in the jungles of Borneo and post-conflict Liberia before coming to Afghanistan. Since then Richard has enjoyed roles within Barnardo’s in the UK and globally with the British Council and served as a Turquoise Mountain Trustee before returning to the COO role in 2016.

Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Creative and Commercial Director

Thalia is currently overseeing Turquoise Mountain's commercial activities. 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.


Nathan Stroupe, Country Director

Nathan joined Turquoise Mountain in the Autumn of 2016 as the Director of Partnerships in Kabul and became Country Director 1st of June 2017. Prior to that he worked as a construction project manager and ceramicist, later obtaining degrees in Near Eastern Studies and Middle Eastern History from U.C Berkeley and Columbia University. Nathan has studied and traveled extensively in the Middle East and Central Asia, most recently while conducting research and pursuing language studies for one year at the University of Tehran.


Harry Wardill, Country 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.