Sevag Kechichian joins XPRIZE with 20 years of experience in designing and executing research projects, both in academia and at NGOs. His methodology training, diverse background and vast experience make him ideally suited for his research analyst role with XPRIZE’s Global Impact Strategy team where he researches and analyzes complex topics and drafts various outputs, including ImpactMaps.
Prior to joining XPRIZE, Sevag was working as a risk analyst and consultant on human rights and the Middle East. Previously, he was Amnesty International’s lead Researcher on Saudi Arabia, and he covered human rights violations in Yemen, Qatar, and Oman for the organization. He led fact-finding field missions in the Middle East and advocacy at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva and European Union institutions in Brussels, as well as media work with such global media networks as the BBC, CNN, and Al Jazeera. Before joining Amnesty International in London, Sevag directed the research projects of UMAM Documentation & Research, a Lebanese NGO working on transitional justice and collective memory. He also taught courses in political science, history, and social science research methodology at various universities in Lebanon.
Sevag studied political science at the American University of Beirut and University of Chicago, where he worked on numerous research projects on political violence and the Middle East. His M.A. thesis dealt with processes of identity-construction and forms of political violence. He was also a Fulbright Scholar at Purdue University, where he spent a year researching and writing a M.A. thesis on oil and political institutions in the Caucasus.