Shoshana Stewart

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.

Thalia Kennedy

Dr. Thalia Kennedy, Creative Director

Thalia began her working life in London’s art world, supporting corporate and private clients in building and caring for fine art collections. She completed her PhD in Islamic Art History in 2006 and taught at the Institute for Ismaili Studies, the V&A and Sotheby’s Institute for Art. From 2007 to 2011, Thalia was the founding director of the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul and now serves on the Board of Directors. In 2011, she was visiting scholar at the Getty Conservation Institute and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and from there was appointed Deputy Director at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha. From 2015 to 2017, she set up and oversaw the Turquoise Mountain project in Saudi Arabia.


Nathan Stroupe

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

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.

Saudi Arabia

John Oliver

John Oliver, Country Director

John joined the Saudi team in September 2017, having spent four years working with the Saudi Government. Before coming to Saudi, John had a long career working as a UK Government official in the welfare and employment agendas. He served in senior roles in Policy, Operations and Programs and as a Principal Private Secretary to four Secretaries of State. It was this role that caught the eye of the Saudi Government, and he was persauded to work in a similar role in KSA. Alongside this, John has a personal and longstanding passion for arts and crafts and owns a small independent retail shop in London.


Richard Dwerryhouse

Richard Dwerryhouse, Country Director

Richard joined Turquoise Mountain in Afghanistan in 2007, where he worked on the regeneration of the old city and oversaw 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 joining the team in Kabul. Since then Richard has enjoyed roles with Barnardo’s in the UK and globally with the British Council. He then served as a Turquoise Mountain Trustee before becoming COO in 2016, and Country Director for Jordan in 2018.