Program Officers (in alphabetical order by last name)
Miriam Abaya is a Lead Program Officer in the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) Program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her leadership capacity, she is responsible for facilitating dialogue between Peruvian and Bolivian stakeholders to address water-use conflict and environmental diplomacy in Lake Titicaca. She also is contributing to IMTD projects regarding legal practices of international partnerships and 501(c)(3) laws.
Previously, Miriam interned at the Department of Justice Office of Immigration Litigation writing briefs for the Federal Courts of Appeals. She also interned at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court performing legal research and writing on international criminal law.
Miriam received a BA in Music from Haverford College and is currently a third-year student at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. At law school, Miriam is a Law & Public Policy Scholar, a fellow at the Institute for International Law and Public Policy, and a lead research editor for the Temple International and Comparative Law Journal.
Nur Hidayah Anzis - Program Officer, Children Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K); Personal Assistant to Ambassador John W. McDonald
As a program officer Hidz assists with program evaluation, grant application, and peacebuilding curriculum design for CPI-Kenya. She also serves as a PA to Ambassador McDonald besides involves in education in emergencies training. She holds a Masters degree in Instructional Multimedia from Universiti Sains Malaysia and most recently completed four years of a PhD program in Curriculum and Instructional Technology at Iowa State University, during which time she worked as an Instructional Designer for the ISU Brenton Center.
Ivan Avramovic is a Program Officer for the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K) program. In his role with CPI-K, he assists with grant proposals and the development of peacebuilding curriculum. In past roles, he has served as a dialogue facilitator with the Dialogue and Difference Project with the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, and an intern for the Embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Washington, D.C. Originally from Sarajevo, Ivan graduated in May 2016 with degrees in Global Affairs and Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Science from the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason. His research interests include international development, democratization, and post-conflict peacebuilding, specifically its long-term effectiveness.
Sabrina Bath - Program Officer, Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K) and Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald
Sabrina Bath is a Program Officer for the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K) program as well as a Personal Assistant to Ambassador John McDonald. At CPI-K Sabrina assists with grant proposals, evaluations, and development of peace-building curriculums. As a Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald, she performs various administrative tasks. Sabrina is currently attending George Mason University to obtain her Bachelors of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Global Engagement. Her personal mission is to advocate for the rights and ensure the proper development of children in unstable and oppressed societies.
Chris Blakely Jr. is the Publications Editor and Social Media Manager for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his roles, he edits all internal and external publications within the Institute and executes social media outreach strategy. Previously, Chris has been a Narrative Analyst for George Mason University’s Center for the Study of Narrative and Conflict Resolution (CNCR) and a dialogue facilitator for the Dialogue & Difference Project. Chris has also served around the world in both the United States Coast Guard and the U.S. Army. He is currently a student at George Mason University earning degrees in Public Relations and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Chris works as a social media consultant for a public relations research agency and continues military service as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve. His research interests include track-two diplomacy, peace journalism, facilitated dialogue, and narrative analysis as means to forecast, prevent, and mitigate violent conflict.
Anika Forrest is a Legal Advisor for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) and is the Co-Lead Program Officer for IMTD’s Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) Program. As a student legal advisor, Anika develops a plan of best legal practices regarding international partnerships and 501(c)(3) laws. She also completes business, corporate governance, and tax law assignments. Anika’s CCHS responsibilities include integrating climate change and rule of law principles, surveying international climate justice policies, securing funding, and researching the causal link between climate change and conflict.
Anika also interns with the Embassy of Jamaica in D.C. During the summer of 2016, Anika served as IMTD’s Legal Advisor and Lead Program Officer for Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K). As a 2015 Philadelphia Diversity Law Group Fellow, Anika was a legal intern at FMC Corporation, a global chemical and manufacturing company. Her work at FMC included international employment, international trademark, and business law.
Anika received a BA in sociology from Davidson College. After her undergraduate study, Anika joined the Office of Admission at Haverford College as an Admission Counselor and Co-Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment. Anika is a third-year student at the Beasley School of Law at Temple University. At Temple Law, she is a Law & Public Policy Scholar and a Fellow for the Institute for International Law and Public Policy.
Francis Newton is a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) program at the Institute of Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD).
Francis also works in the Accounting Office at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He has previous experience as a Substitute Teacher at St. Mary of the Assumption School in Maryland. Previous experience on climate change came from a Research Assistant Internship with the International Fund for China’s Environment.
He received a BA in Social Sciences from Gardner-Webb University and a MA from Catholic University of America in World Politics. His research has focused on Middle Eastern and East Asian security issues.
Carmen Olivares is a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS) at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy(IMTD). She is currently attending University in Chicago in which she is pursuing a degree in International Business and Spanish. In her role with CCHS, she is working on projects pertaining to Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, in order to help communities threatened by the environmental deterioration caused by climate change. Applying her Spanish abilities, she translates important documents so that they are accessible to both English and Spanish-speaking readers. Along with her business management skills, she also formulates the program’s budgets in order to submit accurate grant proposals to third parties. She came to IMTD to learn about practical applications of conflict management.
Heather Payne - Program Officer, Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya) and Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald
Heather Payne is a Program Officer for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-K) program and a Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald. In her role at the CPI-Kenya program, she assists with grant proposals, evaluations, and development of peacebuilding curriculums. As a Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald, she performs various administrative tasks.
Heather’s background consists of working with children and youth in a variety of settings. She has worked as an early childhood educational teacher and in child protective services with foster children. She also worked as an in-home data collector and researcher for families with young children as well as a research assistant for family therapy. Heather also volunteered as a therapist for children with problematic sexual behaviors.
Currently, she is attending George Mason University to obtain her MS in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Heather’s mission is to work with children and youth involved in conflict and peacebuilding. Working on IMTD’s CPI-Kenya project is a rewarding experience that involves empowering children to be agents of peace in their communities.
Kern Singh is a Program Officer for the CPI-Kenya program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role, Kern assists with securing grants, conducting research and monitoring evaluations for CPI-K’s variety of programs. Kern has worked in previous roles at the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development at the U.S. Embassy in Sarajevo, BiH. He has also worked as an intern with impl. Project and the Democratic Party of Virginia. In addition, Kern was the youngest ever participant in the Symposium for Conflict Prevention, Resolution and Peacebuilding at the International Peace and Security Institute in the summer of 2016. His particular interest in Kenya lies in his having lived in the country for two years in elementary school while his father worked there as a USAID Foreign Service Officer. Kern is working towards a B.A. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Building Peace in Divided Societies and a minor in Philosophy from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA. His scholarly interests include Countering Violent Extremism, Peacebuilding and Post-Conflict Reconciliation. In addition, he has done research on the practical role of existential philosophy in conflict analysis, and how it can inform the work of practitioners working on the ground.
Nathan Smith is a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role, he assists with writing, editing and delivering grant proposals. He helps with project research and contacting potential stakeholders and internationally interested parties.
After completing his undergraduate degree, Nathan worked as a university instructor at the Chongqing University of Technology in the municipality of Chongqing, China, for two years. While there, he taught courses on history, culture, and society as well as English and environmental science. In addition to doing his job, he was able to acquire high proficiency in Mandarin and passed the HSK level 5 (the official Mandarin language proficiency exam) and is working towards achieving the highest level (HSK 6).
He received is Bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in international studies, and studied abroad for one academic year at the University of Saarland in Saarbrücken, Germany, where he focused on German language. He is currently a graduate student at American University perusing his MA in Cultural Anthropology. Nathan feels that the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy forms the perfect crossroads between his diverse educational background, and is excited to learn more about the connections between environment, diplomacy and human relationships.
Clara Huergo - Lead Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Clara Huergo is a Lead Program Officer in the Climate Change and Human Security department at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her leadership capacity, she is responsible for mediating and facilitating dialogue between Peruvian and Bolivian stakeholders and creating a coalition of partners around Lake Titicaca to actively prevent the threats to human security that result from climate change. Clara’s academic and professional background is focused on international affairs and mediation. Previously she conducted research in Latin American affairs for The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm in Washington, D.C. She has served as a Co-Mediator at the Waltham District Court Mediation Practicum and as Data Manager in the Community Dispute Settlement Center in Cambridge where she received her certification for mediation. Clara graduated from Emerson College this past May with a BS in political communication and a minor in philosophy. She is at IMTD to expand her knowledge in peacebuilding efforts and gain more experience mediating international conflict.
Montgomery LaSalle-Hill- Lead Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security
Montgomery LaSalle-Hill is a Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) and the team lead for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) Program. Working with the CCHS team, Monty is developing an inclusive, multi-stakeholder approach to address water-use conflict and environmental diplomacy in Lake Titicaca. In his leadership capacity, Monty is responsible for reaching out to potential collaborators and grantors, and transforming the CCHS team’s research into virtual and interactive formats. Previously, as a research assistant to Professor Chris Koski at Reed college, Monty researched influential factors in U.S. environmental regulation, specifically evaluating the effects of public commenting on policy outcomes. Monty received an undergraduate degree in political science from Reed College where he studied systemic conflict and wrote on multi-track peacebuilding efforts in civil conflict. His interests lie in community-level empowerment, conflict transformation, and institutional decentralization.
Ahmed Ali is a Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role Ahmed is advising IMTD on its Asia program, particularly focusing on the Kashmir dispute. He is working on feasible and effective solutions for the ongoing conflict in the region. Also, he is trying to get stakeholders involved to increase the capacity for peacebuilding.
Before IMTD, Ahmed participated in numerous seminars and attended several conferences conducted by international organizations for peace and conflict transformation which allowed him to gain valuable experience and knowledge on the conflict in Kashmir.
Ahmed holds three Masters degrees – MSc in Terrorism Studies awarded by University of East London, United Kingdom (with a dissertation based on The Rise of Radicalization in Pakistan and Afghanistan after 9/11), a second MSc in International Relations from National University of Modern Languages Islamabad, Pakistan and a third M.A Political Science from the University of Azad Jammu & Kashmir. His background grants him the ability to analyze and view the conflict from different dimensions.
Alexandra Tureau is a Program Officer for Communications team at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). She works on the creation of marketing and communication materials while serving as liaison between IMTD and the publishing community. She also promotes IMTD’s efforts through social media channels.
Previously, Alexandra worked in New York City in the apparel and manufacturing industry and is currently pursuing her MA in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University. As a native New Orleanian, she was involved with Youth Rebuilding New Orleans and Animal Rescue New Orleans post-Katrina. In New York, she worked with underserved youth to empower healthy lifestyles through cooking workshops, education, and lively conversations. Going forward, Alexandra is excited to use her current business background to further increase her knowledge on NGO management, development, and fundraising. She also seeks to amplify female and youth voices as peace builders in their communities.
Annie Fullas is a Program Officer for the CPI-Kenya program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Annie assists with securing grants, conducting research and monitoring evaluations for CPI-K’s variety of programs.
In addition to her role at IMTD, she also works as an administrative graduate assistant for the Jewish Studies Program at American University in Washington, D.C. Previously, Annie has worked with various organizations in Iowa and DC metropolitan area, where her focus has included civic engagement and interfaith relations.
Annie received a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Religion from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. She is currently an MA student in the Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs program at American University. Her scholarly interests include youth peacebuilding, interfaith action, creative writing, and African development.
Ashley Meadow is a program officer for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) initiative at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Ashley advises IMTD on its CCHS program in Bolivia and Peru through feasibility studies and research on threats to human security and their environmental linkages. She also acts as a liaison between possible stakeholders in Bolivia for the Lake Titicaca initiative and the CCHS team, as well as a consultant through the grantor processes. Ashley has spent the last four years and a half working for Fundación Progreso in Bolivia where she created and managed the internship program. In her role, Ashley established and fostered international contacts, lead research teams regarding clean water and energy initiatives in and outside of the country and worked on the probability of utilizing social entrepreneurship as a tool for development.
Prior to that, Ashley has held multiple research positions with professors related to think tank ventures while also researching the contribution of power perceptions in conflict. She has also worked at The Center for the Study of Global Issues where she acted as an outreach coordinator as she researched collaboration opportunities in Latin America and assisted in the organization of Track II Diplomacy efforts.
Ashley’s education consists of a B.A. in International Affairs, a M.S. in International Policy Management and is currently pursuing a M.A. and PhD. in Political Sociology where she is researching the various impacts of policy on environmental context in Bolivia. All of her education has focused on the Latin American region and she holds certificates in global engagement, global leadership, and Latin American studies while receiving several scholarships and fellowships to support her educational endeavors. Ashley is interested in furthering the advancement of CCHS research in Bolivia and Peru while creating more thoughtful solutions to the pressures of climate change and its environmental impact.
Megan Doherty is a Program Officer and Spanish Translator for the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, she assists with writing, editing and delivering grant proposals. She helps with project research, and translates materials. She also contacts potential stakeholders and internationally interested parties.
Megan previously worked at an international arbitration law firm as a bilingual legal administrative assistant. Her duties were to assist in legal research, and transcript review and cite checking. Megan also helped open a pro bono case for an asylum applicant and drafted engagement letters in English and in Spanish. Previously, Megan worked as a translator for a short stint in Managua, Nicaragua.
She received a Bachelor’s degree from Clemson University with a major in Spanish and a double minor in Psychology and Anthropology. To compliment her studies, she did a 6-month study abroad full immersion experience in Córdoba, Argentina with the Universidad Blas Pascal. Seeking to gain experience in diplomacy and peacebuilding as well as more opportunities for translation, international work and Spanish language practice, Megan joins the IMTD CCHS team with excitement and willingness to grow and learn.
Nicole Felter - Personal Assistant to Ambassador McDonald; Assistant Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Nicole Felter is a Personal Assistant to Ambassador John W. McDonald as well as an Assistant Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Nicole is working with the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) team and assisting the retired Ambassador with administrative tasks.
Nicole traveled through Latin America, and spent a year studying at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina in Buenos Aires. In December, she will graduate with a BA in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish. Nicole is passionate about cross-cultural relations with a focus on Latin America. She came to IMTD to gain a better understanding of the socially destabilizing effects of climate change on indigenous populations.
Noah J. Cadet is a Program Officer for the Design, Monitoring and Evaluation team. He is currently working on an evaluation for IMTD’s past work in Sudan regarding interreligious peacebuilding. Noah’s first experience in conflict and development was while interning with an economic policy think tank based in Cape Town, South Africa. In this role, Noah provided research support on savings and education, and produced data analysis for their UNICEF deliverable on the impact of AIDS/HIV on child migration. He worked as a lobbyist for an environmental advocacy group concerned with the Adirondack State Park. He also was an assistant to a lawyer focused on business partner mediation, real estate and licensing.
Noah is currently a M.A. candidate in the Peacebuilding and Conflict Transformation program at SIT (School for International Training) Graduate Institute. His area of research covers development strategy and organizational partnerships. Noah obtained a B.A. in Political Economy at Williams College. One of Noah’s interests is to find out how institutions obtain and retain deep legitimacy with the groups and individuals that rely upon them to meet their basic needs. Noah feels that IMTD provides peacebuilding services in such a way that foster its client's’ ability to build more legitimate institutions.
Rebecca Uphold is a Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Rebecca is a member of the Children’s Peace Initiative- Kenya (CPI) team. Rebecca also works as a middle school science teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia. She has two master’s degrees, in agronomy and in education. As a program officer, she intends to use her experience in the research and education fields to assist her team in their grant writing and development goals. She came to IMTD to develop relationships with NGO members and provide educational insight.
Sean O’Reilly is the Team Leader of the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya) Program at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). At IMTD Sean works closely with the program officers to facilitate a cohesive and effective approach to countering intertribal violence in the Northern and Rift Valley pastoralist communities of Kenya. Before his work at IMTD, Sean was a Research Assistant under professors Heidi and Guy Burgess at Beyond Intractability. During his time there, Sean managed the social media campaign and published a multi level conflict map of ISIS. Sean is pursuing his Master’s Degree from George Mason’s School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Sean holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado in Psychology and in Sociology. He also earned certificates in Terrorism and Counter Terrorism, and Peace and Conflict Studies. As a Team Leader at IMTD, Sean is excited to expand his knowledge of the peace and conflict studies field while gaining valuable experience as he utilizes his leadership capabilities.
Loureen Sayej - Lead Program Officer, Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya)
Loureen Sayej is a Lead Program Officer with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD) in its Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya) program. Loureen focuses on formulating the work of CPI-Kenya within an international legal framework regarding the rights of the child. She examines best practices for CPI-Kenya related to the use of children as peacebuilders, orchestrates program design, and identifies possible funding sources. As a native Arabic speaker, Loureen provides translation and interpretation services to Sovereignty First, an IMTD partner. Growing up Palestinian in a conflict zone, her childhood experience, and her academic expertise enables her to be effective in her role with CPI-Kenya. She joins IMTD from New College of Florida, where she pursued a BA in international studies and human rights. Loureen published her honors thesis on the applicability and limitations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in international armed conflicts. Previously, Loureen has worked at UN-Women, World Affairs Council, and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees. Her interests are in international human rights law, particularly children’s rights.
Benjamin Adjei - Lead Program Officer, Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya)
Benjamin Adjei is a Lead Program Officer with the Children’s Peace Initiative-Kenya (CPI-Kenya), which collaborates with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. He has three years of experience working with children in the field of conflict resolution and peace education and currently works with Comprehensive Site Services - Fairfax County Public Schools. Benjamin holds his MA in peace and conflict transformation from the University of Basel, in Switzerland, and a BA in political studies from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, in Ghana. Currently, Benjamin pursues his MS in conflict analysis and resolution from the School of Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University.
Mohcine Hafid - Professional Fellow
Mohcine Hafid is a Program Coordinator in the Moroccan Foundation for Students. Mohcine’s work aims to help underprivileged high school graduates obtain full scholarships to college. He is in charge of implementing support programs such as coaching, mentoring, language support, and finding internships. Mohcine has six years of experience in youth employment as he worked for the Education For Employment Foundation in Morocco as a program manager. He earned his MA in cultural mediation. Mochine has led trainings on active citizenship, youth exchanges, and multiculturalism. He was also a co-organizer for the EuroMed Youth in Action Program in Egypt. Mohcine is an active member in the Moroccan Human Rights Organization, and has noted some of the challenges facing Moroccans include a lack of education, health services, and justice.
Aaron Hendrix - Program Officer, India-Pakistan
Aaron Hendrix is a Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role, Aaron is researching the Gamukh Glacier and how it is melting due to climate change. Specifically, he is focused on how the glacial melt is affecting the health of local residents. Previously, Aaron worked with Sovereignty First’s NCA assessment building, a supplement for the global warming and climate change index. Aaron also studies how climate change affects health throughout South Asia, and how these effects can be most effectively mitigated in his program for justice and peace studies at the Georgetown College at Georgetown University. Aaron conducted an independent research project in 2014 on the most effective ways to warm IV fluids in the field using Meals-Ready-to-Eat (MRE) heat packs; this work was published in a 2014 issue of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine. Aaron is returning to intern with IMTD for a second year because he wanted to more fully explore its work with climate change. He continues to be passionate about how climate change impacts the health of marginalized people and, as such, he thought that IMTD would be an excellent place to gain more concrete experience in the field. One of the primary reasons why Aaron returned to IMTD to continue working on issues related to climate change, is that he feels that the spirit of the organization, which focuses on resolving conflicts through personal contact, is one of the most efficient ways to combat the health effects of climate change.
Jillian Johannes - Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Jillian Johannes is a Program Officer for the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Jillian is assisting IMTD in its progression of the Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS) project through research, analytics, entrepreneurial expeditions, and communications. Previously, Jillian has worked as a research assistant at the University of Rochester and has conducted original research concerning diplomatic effectiveness. Simultaneously, she has worked with The Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program establishing a systematic approach to assessing the quality and integrity of information disseminated by global think tanks. Jillian is currently pursuing a BA in international relations: global security track and Russian language & culture from the University of Rochester. Her involvement with IMTD is a result of a passion for diplomatic efforts geared toward finding sustainable solutions.
Yaala Muller - Assistant to the Executive Director, Clinical Education Program Officer
Yaala Muller is the Assistant to the Executive Director and the Clinical Education Program Officer at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, Yaala helps manage correspondence for Executive Director, Mr. Adam Zemans, while facilitating his role in fundraising and program oversight across the organization. As the Clinical Education Program Officer, she is helping to create a model for the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic at IMTD. Yaala’s previous experience with peace building relates to her involvement with Seeds of Peace, an international organization that brings together youth from conflicted regions around the world. She was heavily involved with the Middle East Program in Israel and Palestine; and attended the organization’s international camp in Maine twice. Yaala is passionate about bringing people together to engage in dialogue and is excited about the opportunity to work at an organization that values a holistic approach to peace building as much as she does. She is a rising senior at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and is set to complete her BA with a major in international and area studies and a minor in women, gender, and sexuality studies.
Alex Schelle, Program Officer, Clinical Education
Alex Schelle is a Program Officer in Clinical Education at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, she is researching best practices and helping develop a new clinical model for the John W. McDonald Peacebuilding Clinic. Previously, Alex designed and completed a for-credit research course in Conflict Transformation under the supervision of Dr. Nat Colletta. In other peacebuilding work, she co-facilitated a 4-hour workshop in Transformative Justice at a student-organized conference in Sarasota. Alex has completed Dr. Deri Ronis' 18-hour training in Peer Mediation and continues to work with the Alternatives to Violence Project of Tampa Bay, Florida. She is a rising third-year student of Social Sciences at the New College of Florida in Sarasota. Her focuses are in Sociology, Anthropology, and Political Science. She came to IMTD to gain experience and build relationships at an organization dedicated to conflict transformation.
Helen Thompson - Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Helen Thompson was a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS) at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In her role, she worked on a project pertaining to Lake Titicaca, Bolivia, in order to help communities that are threatened by climate change and environmental degradation. She holds a BA in history from Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, and specializes in international security and foreign policy. She came to IMTD to learn about practical application of conflict management.
Kiran Marfatia - Lead Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Kiran Marfatia was a Lead Program Officer of the Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS) at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role, Kiran was responsible for the development of the first project addressing environmental and resource-based conflicts at IMTD. For the project, he designed its structure, drafted proposals, and presented it to partner governments and organizations. Kiran received a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Bachelor of International Relations (Diplomacy) from Bond University, Australia, in May 2016. At the university, he focused on resource-based conflict and environmental law. Working for IMTD allowed Kiran to develop collaborative multi-stakeholder processes that would increase the resource security in the Lake Titicaca region.
Edoardo Yacopo Severoni - Program Officer, Climate Change and Human Security (CCHS)
Edoardo Yacopo Severoni was a Program Officer for the Climate Change and Human Security Program (CCHS) at the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In his role, Edoardo interacted in Spanish with the Bolivian government and facilitated collaboration between stakeholders to assist the indigenous people of Lake Titicaca with adaptation to climate change. Edoardo was a member of the Peacebuilding Fellows at the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution (S-CAR) at George Mason University where he conducted research on the relationship between cultural norms, local policing, and justice in both local and international communities struggling to live in peace. Edoardo has explored deeply rooted, intractable, and protracted social conflict around core issues of identity, including race, ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, and class. Prior to IMTD, Edoardo learned multiple languages, achieving fluency in English, Italian, and Spanish, as well as an intermediate understanding of Arabic, and an elementary understanding of Somali. His interests lie in humanitarianism and mediation. Passionate about cross-cultural relations and anthropology, Edoardo is interested in how language and culture unite people. Edoardo came to IMTD to utilize his skills in global affairs, and conflict analysis and resolution in order to prevent structural, cultural, and direct violence, collective trauma, and the persecution of minority ethnic groups in extremist societies in the Middle East and Northern Africa.