Aref is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Exigo. He is a researcher, journalist and a producer who has worked for some of the largest media outlets, such as CNN, Reuters, and AP, covering news related to Syria since the onset of the conflict in 2011. He has also worked with various international NGOs and UN agencies, coordinating research and M&E projects related to the Syria crisis. Aref speaks Arabic, English, and Turkish.