Adam Zemans - Director, Latin America, and Climate Change & Human Security Program, Legal Advisor
As of August 2016, Adam Zemans, J.D., M.S.W., M.A., Esq., is the Director, Latin America, and Climate Change and Security Program as well as Legal Advisor at The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In 2014 through 2016, Adam designed, founded and then directed the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic. Before moving to South America for family reasons, during his tenure as Executive Director, Adam achieved record recruiting growth, organizational transformation and client service for IMTD. Adam is the founding Director of the Climate Change and Human Security program. In this capacity, he focuses on the relationship between climate change and human conflict as well as opportunities for resilience in the face of increasing climate change impacts, with a particular emphasis on citizen science and water diplomacy. Additionally, as Program Manager, Mediation & International Family Conflict Resolution, in 2014, Adam launched an international child abduction conflict resolution advocacy and education program focused on the U.S. Senate and led a Track-II Hague Abduction Convention-related initiative. Adam holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; M.S.W. from University of Southern California; M.A. in Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada; and B.A. from Oberlin College, where he graduated as a Harry S. Truman Scholar (NY) and member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. He is currently pursuing further advanced studies at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, where he focuses on narrative theory and environmental peacebuilding. He has eight years of advocacy and NGO leadership experience in Latin America and is the author of two articles on climate change diplomacy and one peer-reviewed article focused on international parental child abduction mediation research. His other scholarly interests center around international clinical and experiential education, U.S. Smart Power and New Multi-Track Diplomacy, cooperation, dialogue and conflict management spanning a variety of disciplines and levels of analysis.
Midline (Mimi) Pierre, Director of Organizational Diplomacy (DOD), utilizes robust, multilateral engagement with experiential learning to build a collaborative network that strengthens existing relationships and builds new ones. As a public servant, she appreciates the spirit of civic engagement with over a decade of experience as a project leader, entrepreneur, and volunteer. In 2007, she co-authored HICIC Marketing Strategy on “Prevention to HIV Infections” to provide healthcare education to needy children in Ika and Peru. In early 2016, she participated in a disaster restoration service project with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, in Louisiana, to help rebuild the community for victims of Hurricane Katrina. She recently partnered with Alliance For Peacebuilding (AFP) and the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) to volunteer on the AFP 2016 Annual Conference “Next Gen Peace”. She also assisted with the Sixth Annual Graduate Education Symposium in Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR). As a social scientist and a current PhD student in the conflict analysis and resolution program in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (CAHSS) at Nova Southeastern University, she tackles the complexities of local and international issues to amplify strengths in bridging theory and practice. Mimi engages in the worlds of peacebuilding, multi-track diplomacy, and conflict analysis with an educational background in business administration, project management, criminal justice, and conflict analysis. She focuses on modern approaches to peacebuilding and has a desire to give back to the community.
Mariana Melo is the Managing Director at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). As Managing Director, Mariana has a leading role in the operations of a staff of close to thirty part-time and full-time interns, and manages relationships with consultants and other associates. Mariana was a team lead for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) program at IMTD. Previously, she worked as a research assistant on a Latin American media philosophy project. Mariana is a graduate student studying for her MA in international relations at San Francisco State University. She received a post-graduation degree in strategic management in public organizations from Faculdade Projeçāo, in Brazil. She received an undergraduate degree in international relations from the Pontifical Catholic University of Goiás, in Brazil. She is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and has an intermediate level of French. She focuses on peace building and conflict resolution, and she is particularly interested in Latin America.
Alexandra (Alex) Cantone- Associate Director of IMTD, Africa and Head Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald
Alex Cantone is the Associate Director of IMTD, Africa and the Lead Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald at The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role Alex is leading the IMTD Africa programs, namely the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K), where she manages the team’s progress on creating structures and funding mechanisms to advance the project’s goals of empowering children to be the ambassadors of peace between conflicting tribes in the North Rift Valley, Kenya. In addition, she is also working as the lead personal assistant to Ambassador McDonald aiding him with office work, correspondences, and managing his schedule. Prior to coming to IMTD, Alex has worked as a legislative assistant to a Maryland State Senator, a program associate at International Focus Inc. in Raleigh, NC and most recently as a policy analyst at the Institute for Gulf Affairs. While working at the Institute for Gulf Affairs she published a report on how promoting women’s rights in Saudi Arabia works to counter violent extremism, in which she proposed multiple programs the United States should create to do just this. She recently graduated Magna Cum Laude from Elon University in North Carolina and will be pursuing her master’s degree in European and Eurasian Studies at George Washington University this fall. During her undergraduate studies, she wrote two senior theses on US-Spain relations and on the motivations of the recent Catalan separatist movements in Spain. She was attracted to the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy because of its work with CPI-Kenya as she recently was working on a few community service projects in Ghana and was introduced to intertribal relations.
Joel Borgquist is the Director of Clinical Education at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). His leadership role entails a revision of clinical education within IMTD and the exploration of other like-minded programs in conflict resolution, peace education, and those outside the field who are successfully applying clinical education. Joel performs this role with a desire to put theory into practice in a clinical setting. As a conflict consultant and executive coach, he serves as a mediator and conciliator, and is equipped to facilitate various conflicts in communities and organizations. He specializes in ethics and intercultural, religious, and community conflict. He has experience in contract and monetary disputes and is skilled in collaborative problem solving.
Joel has a unique international background, having studied, volunteered, and worked in over 30 countries and disputed territories. Through these experiences, he developed an insatiable passion for people, culture, and ethics. He studied conflict resolution at George Mason University’s renowned School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His studies also include the areas of business and the Middle East. Joel is a certified court mediator in the Commonwealth of Virginia and an SDI® Facilitator. He is an Eagle Scout and the founder of Agora, a student-run conflict resolution forum at George Mason University. Joel is also the president of ETiK, a global supply chain management company that works to deliver ethical guarantees from mine to market in the mining and jewelry industries. He lives in the Washington, DC area with his wife and daughter.
Tia Metzger is the Director of Programs at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Tia is responsible for providing strategic and tactical leadership for the programs. She also works cooperatively and effectively with others to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance organizational effectiveness. Tia oversees IMTD’s three primary programs: Children’s Peace Initiative – Kenya, Climate Change and Human Security, and Clinical Education (John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic).
Tia is completing her Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution and Negotiations from the University of Baltimore, where she is focusing on climate change and how it relates to social conflict globally. She is also a trained mediator through the University of Baltimore and is interested in providing help to her local community through this method of dispute resolution. Tia is interested in conflict transformation, peacebuilding efforts and finding ways to provide human security both domestically and internationally.
Francesca Watson - Managing Director
Francesca Watson is the Managing Director at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). As Managing Director of the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic, Francesca has a leading role in the operations of a staff of close to thirty part-time and full-time interns, and manages relationships with three major and some minor consultants and other associates. Currently, in conjunction with her energies geared towards IMTD, she is a Court Appointed Special Advocate Volunteer for neglected and abused children. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for Dr. Patricia Maulden, Director of the Dialogue and Difference Project as well as separate efforts dedicated to the publication of International Negotiation by Dr. Ho-Won Jeong, both from the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University (GMU). Francesca has seven years of professional experience in business and operations following her receiving a BS in marketing with positions centered on SEO, SEM, and Mobile Application Technology. In recent years, she transitioned her focus towards social work and peace building, and will receive her MS in conflict analysis and resolution from GMU in December 2016. This position at the Peacebuilding Clinic at IMTD will provide Francesca with hands-on experience in conflict resolution and restorative practice, which is a necessary stepping stone towards achieving her short and long-term personal and career goals.