Monica Makar is the Program Officer at ICAN. In this role she broadly divides her time between program support, executive support, and office management.
More specifically, Ms. Makar’s responsibilities include editing publications, liaising with consultants, managing ICAN’s web and social media presence, supporting ICAN’s multimedia production, coordinating event planning and logistics, scheduling for ICAN’s Executive Director, and performing office administrative duties.
Ms. Makar has mainly focused her studies on religious conflict in the Middle East and how to resolve them with the use of religious leaders and women. She has studied conflicts on the ground in Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Makar has extensive research experience, having done research on textbook bias for a project in Saudi Arabia, UNSCR 1325, Israel-Palestine, as well as her own research projects. Prior to joining ICAN, Makar was the program coordinator for Access Youth, a non-profit that aims to break the school-to-prison pipeline. As a graduate and undergraduate student, she held several internships, including ones at the Red Cross International Services Department, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, and the International Center Religion and Diplomacy. Makar received her MA in conflict resolution from Georgetown University and her BA with honors in international studies from the University of California, Irvine, with certificates in both conflict analysis and Middle East studies. There her research focus was on the identity of religious minorities in the Middle East. Ms. Makar is proficient in both Arabic and French.