Ari heads the Beyond Access  team that oversees country library development projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. Throughout Ari’s career at IREX, he has managed programs that help connect citizens, communities and government using technology, including the Global Libraries  programs in Romania, Moldova and Ukraine, and Global Connections and Exchange.
Since joining IREX in 2003, Ari helped develop programs with an emphasis on public access to information and using technology to engage and empower the marginalized. Ari has overseen programs funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and others. He designed the Tech Age Girls program in Uzbekistan, which was replicated in eight different countries. Ari was also the first chair of IREX's Technology for Development Community of Practice. One of his present interests is how libraries can serve as community hubs for literacy efforts, bringing families together using technology in an accessible, welcoming space.
Prior to moving to Washington, DC, Ari managed the School Connectivity program in Uzbekistan and the Undergraduate Exchange program in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. He also served as a teacher and administrator at the American University in Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan.
Ari has an MA in Governance and Development from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK, and a BA in History and a BS in Film from Boston University.
Ari started IREX’s softball team, the Tashkent Totalitarians, in 2006. It won its first championship in 2014 after Ari stopped coaching. Ari also occasionally blogs about fruit at fruitstand.tumblr.com.