Dokhi Fassihian is senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa. Before joining Freedom House, she led several nongovernmental organizations working in the area of democracy and human rights and promotion. Through her work at the Democracy Coalition Project at the Open Society Foundations, Ms. Fassihian led multilateral strategies at the United Nations, where she monitored the state of democracy and human rights around the world and tracked the foreign policies of governments on human rights priorities. In this role, she also facilitated the work of domestic, regional and cross-regional civil society coalitions on a broad range of thematic, emergency, and chronic human rights situations around the world. She has also led successful programs that have led to the protection of UN human rights mechanisms and bodies and strong passage of UN human rights resolutions at the UN Human Rights Council and UN General Assembly. Before joining DCP, Ms. Fassihian was the executive director of the National Iranian American Council. Ms. Fassihian holds a Master of Arts in Middle East Studies from the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.