Jeremy Richman, Senior Fellow for Neuroscience
Dr. Jeremy Richman has extensive research experience that spans the range from neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology, to cardiovascular biology, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, immunology and inflammation, and kidney disease. He has worked in the drug discovery arena for over two decades and is passionate about helping people live happier and healthier lives. His hobbies include rock climbing, mountain biking, kung fu, and teaching children how to be healthy and happy. Dr. Richman earned his Bachelor of Science degree in molecular and cellular biology with an emphasis on chemistry and physics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ in 1992. He earned a Ph.D. in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Arizona. He then continued his research on the sympathetic nervous system in the laboratory of Dr. Lee Limbird at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN. In January of 2001, Dr. Richman moved into drug discovery as a neuroscientist at Arena Pharmaceuticals, Inc, San Diego, CA with the hope of identifying therapeutic mechanisms to prevent schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s disease. His drug discovery interests broadened over the next decade, leading projects in atherosclerosis and thrombosis, and eventually diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and obesity. In January of 2011, Dr. Richman took on a drug discovery leadership role at Boehringer Ingelheim in Danbury, CT exploring ways to prevent or cure a number of autoimmune and chronic diseases of the cardiovascular and metabolic systems. Following the murder of his daughter, Avielle, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT on December 14th, 2012, Dr. Richman and his wife, Jennifer Hensel, started the Avielle Foundation. It is his belief that through brain health research and initiatives, we can protect our loved ones and foster happier and stronger communities. For more information, please visit http://aviellefoundation.org.
Béatrice Pouligny, Senior Fellow for Neuroscience
Dr. Béatrice Pouligny bridges the fields of political science, peacebuilding, and neuroscience in her experience as an academic at the highest levels of the political science community, as a human rights and peacebuilding practitioner with 30 years of field experience in conflict areas (in Central and South America, Haiti, Africa, Asia, the Balkans and the Middle East), and in her training and ongoing practice as a spiritual healer, collaborating with neuroscientists and integrating the results of ongoing research into her healing work. Béatrice also brings strong knowledge of the literature on peacebuilding, trauma, resilience and spirituality, as well as her expertise in developing case studies and research agendas across disciplines, and the theory-practice divide. From 2000 to 2009, she developed and led an international and inter-disciplinary research-action program called “Re-imagining Peace” (seven countries on four continents) which addressed the individual and collective traumatic consequences of war and mass crimes, outlining culture-based resilience processes.
Since then, her work has focused on individual and societal resilience capacities in the aftermath of violence. She holds a doctorate in political science from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po/International Relations). She is the winner of many awards, including two consecutive Fulbright Commission awards and a former grantee of different public and private foundations in North America and Europe. She is the author of numerous reports, articles and contributions (in French, English, Spanish and Dutch) as well as two main books: Peace Operations Seen from Below: UN Missions and Local People, London: Hurst / Bloomfield (CT): Kumarian Press, 2006 (Ils nous avaient promis la paix : ONU et populations locales, Paris: Presses de Sciences Po, 2004) as well as After Mass Crime: Rebuilding States and Communities, Tokyo/New York/Paris: United Nations University Press, 2007. She is fluent in French, English, Spanish and Haitian Creole and speaks a number of local languages.
Tanya Domi, Senior Fellow for Communications and Peacebuilding
Tanya L. Domi is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a faculty affiliate of the Harriman Institute where she teaches human rights and international relations in the Western Balkans. Prior to joining the faculty in 2008, Domi served in the U.S. Army for 15 years and later worked for the late Congressman Frank McCloskey (D-IN), serving as a defense policy analyst in the early 1990s during the run-up to the Bosnian war. Domi was seconded by the U.S. State Department to the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996-2000 and served as Spokesperson, Counselor to the Head of Mission, and Chair of the OSCE Media Experts Commission. Domi has worked in a dozen countries, among them Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, where her work focused on democratic, economic, media, and political transitional development, as well as human rights and gender/sexual identity issues. Domi is a widely published author and journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Magazine, Al Jazeera America, The Christian Science Monitor, CNN.com, The Balkanist, Balkan Insight, Radio Free Europe and The Institute for War and Peace Reporting. She is a graduate of Central Michigan University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Political Science in 1982 and earned a Master of Arts degree at Columbia University in Human Rights in 2007.
George Halvorson, Senior Fellow for Early Childhood Development
George Halvorson is Chair and CEO of the Institute for InterGroup Understanding. He has served for more than 30 years as CEO of six different health care delivery and financing organizations in the U.S., and he helped start similar health care organizations in several other countries. Most recently Halvorson served as Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO from 2002 – 2014, before retiring as CEO in July 2013, and Chairman in January 2014.
Halvorson is currently Chair of the First 5 Commission for Children and Families for the State of California. In 2013 Governor Jerry Brown appointed Halvorson to a four-year term as Chair, and then re-appointed him to another four years in 2017. The Commission uses roughly $500 million each year — raised from tobacco taxes — to provide support and education to children in California from birth to 5 years old. Halvorson is a member of the Right Start Commission for Children in the State of California, and an advisory council member for the Too Small To Fail Commission. He currently serves as a member of the CEO Advisory Council for the Ready Nation coalition.
The Institute for InterGroup Understanding works on issues of racism, prejudice, discrimination, misogyny, and InterGroup stress and conflict. Halvorson has written four books on those topics, which are all available as teaching materials from the Institute. Electronic versions of the InterGroup books can be downloaded or read directly from the Institute for InterGroup Understanding website at no charge. (Hard copies of the books are available at Amazon.com.) The books and the Institute website explain how our instinctive behaviors steer us into conflict in various intergroup settings, and outline and explain the steps we should take to create intergroup Peace.
Halvorson recently revised The Art of InterGroup Peace — his book on achieving intergroup peace around the world — into its Third Edition, which can be downloaded for free at the Institute for InterGroup Understanding website. Three Key Years, one of Halvorson’s most recent titles, is paramount to early childhood education, and explains the importance of positive interactions between caring adults and infants in their first three years of life. Halvorson also designed threekeyyears.org, a website dedicated to educating new parents on the simple steps they should take in a child’s first three years to improve their lives forever.
Chip Hauss, Senior Fellow for Innovation
Charles “Chip” Hauss is Senior Fellow for Innovation and an emeritus member of the Board of Directors at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, where he edits its book series on Peace and Security in the Twenty-First century. Hauss is a veteran activist and academic who has authored seventeen books, including four on peacebuilding. He is currently writing a core textbook tentatively entitled From Conflict Resolution to Peacebuilding.
Christopher Holshek, Senior Fellow
Col. (ret.) Christopher Holshek is an international peace & and security consultant focused on civil-military and peacebuilding-related training and education. As Senior Fellow at the Alliance for Peacebuilding, he is helping to shape a new strategic narrative of peacebuilding as applied national strategy, build institutional and disciplinary bridges, and foster enduring dialogue between peacebuilders and national security professionals at policy and operations levels on a host of vital cross-cutting issues such as conflict prevention and transformation. A board member for AfP’s Strategic Communications program, he serves as an advisor to the Editorial Board of Building Peace: A Forum for Peace and Security in the 21st Century. As a senior civil-military advisor to AfP’s program on Human Security, he helped shape development of the Handbooks on Human Security and Local Ownership in Security available through the Peace Portal. He is also co-author of the Civil-Military Coordination in Peace Operations Course for the Peace Operations Training Institute, organizes the annual Civil Affairs Roundtables and Symposia, and co-edits the Civil Affairs Issue Papers in partnership with the U.S. Army Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute. His main project in 2016 is a National Service Ride to promote citizenship and service in America, based on his new book, Travels with Harley – Journeys in Search of Personal and National Identity.
Prior to coming to AfP, Col. (ret.) Holshek was a Senior Associate with the Project on National Security Reform as well as Country Project Manager in Liberia for DoD’s Defense Institutional Reform Initiative, working in Africa on defense ministerial capacity development in order to promote civilian oversight of the military. A retired U.S. Army Civil Affairs officer, he has three decades of civil-military experience at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels in joint, inter-agency, and multinational settings across the full range of operations, among them command of the first CA battalion sent to Iraq in support of Army, Marine and British forces, as well as the Senior U.S. Military Observer and Chief of Civil-Military Coordination for the UN Mission in Liberia and the European Command’s Military Representative at USAID. In addition to numerous contributions to U.S. Army, Joint, NATO, and United Nations civil-military and peace and stability operations policy and doctrine, he has published extensively on national strategy, civil-military, and peace and stability operations issues. Honorary Co-Chair of the Peace & Security Committee of the United Nations Association of the USA (National Capital Area), a U.S. Global Leadership Coalition “Veteran for Smart Power,” and a Director in the Civil Affairs Association, he writes extensively on peace & security, strategy, civil-military relations, and peace operations, and his articles have appeared in Foreign Policy and The Huffington Post, among other publications worldwide.
Sharon Morris, Senior Fellow
Sharon Morris is an independent consultant and recently the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European Affairs in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). Sharon has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing conflict management and stabilization programs in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria, and Somalia. Previously, she served as Senior Advisor to the Acting President at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where she was the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow from 2013 to 2014, conducting research on civilian assistance in fragile states using peacebuilding and development.
Prior to joining USIP, Dr. Morris directed Mercy Corps’ Youth & Conflict Management Office from 2008-2013. In 2007, she worked at the State Department as the Senior Advisor for Darfur to the Special Envoy for Sudan. In 2006, she served as the Director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Program in USAID/Afghanistan, and as the Development Advisor to the Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force-76, the headquarters for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 -2005, she was the Senior Advisor in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID, where she headed the team responsible for providing support to conflict programs in USAID missions. Prior to joining USAID, she worked in the Program on Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. and Masters Degree from the University of Chicago.
Douglas Irvin-Erickson, Senior Fellow for Peacebuilding in the US
Douglas Irvin-Erickson has worked in the field of mass atrocity prevention in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cambodia, Myanmar, Ukraine, and Argentina. Doug is Assistant Professor, Director of the Genocide Prevention Program, and Fellow with the Center for Peacemaking Practice at the George Mason University School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His most recent book covers the life and works of Raphael Lemkin, the originator of the word “genocide” who authored the UN Genocide Convention (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017). His two current book-length research projects will be titled Dying in the Age of Thoughtlessness: Genocide, Terror, and the Lost Peace; and Building an Architecture for Peace in the United States (suggestions for better titles are always welcome). His BA, MA, and PhD are from Rutgers University in Newark, New Jersey, USA.
With Alliance for Peacebuilding, Doug is supporting efforts to expand and deepen the field of peacebuilding in the United States.
Stephen Moseley, Senior Fellow for Development
Stephen F. Moseley has spent his career serving nonprofit organizations and associations devoted to meeting the needs of people and their communities who are disadvantaged by poverty, discrimination and injustice. He currently serves as the Chair of the Advisory Council of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and is a member of the Association’s Executive Committee of the Board. He also serves as a Policy Advisor to the Alliance for Peacebuilding in Washington, DC, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development, Washington Chapter, where he earlier twice served as President.
Mr. Moseley served as President and CEO of the Academy for Educational Development from 1987 to 2010, and was its Executive Vice President and founding Director in 1970 of its International Programs Division which provided technical services in education, health, environment and other development disciplines in more than 100 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Latin American and the Caribbean. Mr. Moseley previously served as Executive Assistant to the President of Education and World Affairs, which conducted research on internationalization of US colleges and universities, and assisted African and Asian universities though its Overseas Education Service to strengthen their faculties and leadership.
Mr. Moseley has been a member of the Board and Executive Committee of InterAction, and a member of the Executive Committee and Treasurer of the International Governing Board of the Society for International Development. He was the Co-founder and past Chairman of the Basic Education Coalition, devoted to the Education for All movement, especially to provide opportunities for girls and young women to graduate. Mr. Moseley also served twice on the Advisory Committee of Voluntary Foreign Aid to the State Department and US Agency for International Development.
Mr. Moseley served on the UNESCO Working Committee in Paris for Education for All from 2002 to 2010. In 2009 he received the Fulbright Award for Global Nonprofit Leadership from One to World in New York City. In 1989, the University of Hartford, his Alma Mater, awarded Mr. Moseley an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.
Patricia Shafer, Senior Fellow for Peace Education
Patricia Shafer is an experienced senior leader with a professional management and consulting background in peace education; improvement of public, private and charter-style educational programs and systems in conflict and post-conflict communities in sub-Saharan Africa; and large-scale global change initiatives in the for-profit sector. Currently, Patricia is Executive Director of NewGen Peacebuilders, an innovative peace education, training and mentoring organization and program initiative that has been delivered and or is in development on four continents, with a long-term mission of “making learning to a be a peacebuilder a rite of passage for everyone.” For her accomplishments in peace education and general education in high-risk settings, Patricia was selected for the prestigious Rotary Peace Fellowship, nominated for the Rotary Global Alumni Service award, and nominated for a UNESCO prize for Girls’ and Women’s Literacy by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in South Sudan. Previously, Patricia held senior leadership positions in change management, corporate affairs and communications at two global FORTUNE 500 corporations: Kraft Foods and Bank One. She holds an MBA from the Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management; MSc in Consulting and Coaching for Change – a joint-venture of Oxford University, UK, and HEC France; MA in Journalism from The Ohio State University; and BA, Political Science and Mass Communications from the University of the Pacific.
Ravi Venkatesan, Senior Fellow for Strategies
Ravi Venkatesan is the chairman of the Board at Bank of Baroda. He is also a Fund Advisor to Kalaari Capital and a venture partner at impact investor Unitus Seed Fund.
Ravi is the founder chairman of Social Venture Partners India, a national network of philanthropists addressing social problems through venture philanthropy. He serves on the boards of The Rockefeller Foundation, Infosys Ltd, and Strand Lifesciences. Ravi is the author of an acclaimed book Conquering the Chaos: Win in India, Win Everywhere published by Harvard Business Review.
Prior to this, as Chairman of Microsoft India between 2004 and 2011, Ravi helped build India into Microsoft’s second-largest presence in the world and one of its fastest growing markets. He was instrumental in creating Microsoft India’s Project Shiksha, a computer literacy program which has so far trained over 40 million school children in India. Prior to Microsoft, Ravi was the Chairman of publicly held Cummins India and led its transformation into India’s leading provider of engines and power solutions. He helped establish the Cummins College of Engineering, India’s first engineering college for women, in Pune.
Ravi has a BS from IIT Bombay, an MS from Purdue University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where he was a Baker Scholar. He is a recipient of the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay’s Distinguished Alumnus Award and Purdue University’s Distinguished Engineering Alumnus Award. He was voted as one of India’s best management thinkers by Thinkers50.