Annie has a strong background in the NGO space at the EastWest Institute, a leading international think tank focused on conflict prevention and Track II diplomacy. Her work and expertise focused on economic, corruption, trade, and security issues pertaining to Afghanistan as well as regional dynamics and dialogues with countries such as Iran, China, Russia, Pakistan, India, Turkey, and Turkmenistan in addition to European states, the EU, and the US. Annie worked extensively with the elected former government and civil society of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and other involved governments and continues to maintain relationships and involvement relevant to current issues facing Afghanistan. In addition, her experience at EastWest Institute involved EU-US-Russia and EU-US-Iran relationships, counterterrorism, nuclear cybersecurity, and other issues. Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Annie worked as a researcher providing intelligence and due diligence investigative work to corporate clients.