About Us

The Award is sponsored through an individual contribution from Issam and Jihan Andoni. In addition to Issam and Jihan, the selection team consists of well a team of independent professionals interested in promoting innovation and technology advancement within the Arab and Arab-American community.

Issam Andoni

Issam is a seasoned technologist with over 20 years of enterprise and consulting experience. Issam?s expertise covers wide range of technologies with focus on Security and Identify Management. Issam has strong specialized skills with Microsoft technologies which include Active Directory, MIIS 2003, ILM 2007, and FIM 2010. Issam is the President and Chief Technology Architect for Zeva incorporated; a Microsoft Certified Gold partner and a leading provider of solutions and expert consulting services in the field of Enterprise identity management. Issam holds a Master Degree in Computer Science from American University and a PhD candidate status in Information Security from George Mason University. In addition, Issam holds many industry certificates among them: CNE, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCDA, CISSP, and CISM.

Jihan Andoni

Jihan became the Center for Responsive Politics's Research Director in July 2007, after joining the Center as director of the State Database Project, where she oversaw the creation of database driven webpages detailing the source of campaign funds for state politicians. Before joining the Center in September 1999, Jihan worked as database manager at the Children's Defense Fund. A two-time scholarship recipient, Jihan has a Masters Degree from American University in Information Systems and a Bachelors Degree from Bethlehem University in Mathematics.