Our Team

NP's leadership is comprised of people from all over the world joining together to transform the world's response to conflict.

Senior Management Team

Fadi Abi Allam
President - Lebanon branch

Fadi Abi Allam

Fadi Abi Allam holds a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences; he also holds a BA in International Affairs and a BS in Business Economics, in addition to his certificates in Restorative Justice, Globalization, Religions, and Peace Building from the Eastern Mennonite University and a certificate from the Harvard Kennedy School on Strategic management of the leaders of organizations.

He is a founding member and president of the Permanent Peace Movement (PPM). His 20 years of experience in the Peace Building field enabled him to build bridges across the region to the world. He is currently the Coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict (MENAPPAC) which is acting as the MENA initiator for the Global Partnership for Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). He is additionally the Regional Focal point for the MENA Network on the Involvement of children in armed conflict and the coordinator of the Non-Violence Network in the Arab Countries. Moreover, Fadi is a member of the steering committee of the International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect, the International Action Network for Small Arms (IANSA), and of Control Arms.

Mr. Abi Allam is currently the consultant of the Prime Minister on matters of Human Security, and previously occupied the position of consultant for the Minister of Displaced in Lebanon from October 2009 until June 2011, in which he was the facilitator of the trust building and the reconciliation processes, and was responsible of designing a comprehensive reintegration and development initiative for the displaced people especially in the Mount Lebanon Area, in addition to the coordination task between the ministry and the international organization. 

Marna Anderson
Director of U.S. Office/Development

Marna Anderson

Marna is a nonprofit leader with expertise in organizational effectiveness and major donor fundraising. She has served organizations focused on human rights, conservation and violence against women and children. She traveled extensively in Central America during times of conflict in the late 1980s and lived in El Salvador for four years after the Peace Accords were signed. While in El Salvador she worked in a repatriated community on economic development projects for women and helped establish a program educating women and girls on domestic violence.

Marna holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Anthropology and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership. You can email her at manderson@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Mel Duncan
Co-founder, Director of Advocacy and Outreach

Mel Duncan

Mel Duncan is a co-founder and current Director of Advocacy and Outreach for Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), a world leader in unarmed civilian protection. NP provides direct protection to civilians caught in violent conflict and works with local groups on violence deterrence in a variety of conflict areas around the world. Mel represents NP at the United Nations where the group has been granted consultative status. Two recent UN global reviews cited and recommended unarmed civilian protection. The Presbyterian Peace Fellowship honored Mel with their 2010 Peace Seeker award. The Fellowship of Reconciliation USA awarded him their 2007 Pfeffer International Peace Prize on behalf of Nonviolent Peaceforce’s “courageous efforts in conflict regions around the world.” The Utne Reader named him as one of “50 Visionaries Who are Changing Our World.” The American Friends Service Committee nominated Nonviolent Peaceforce for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

Mel is a graduate of Macalester College, St. Paul Minnesota. In 2006 he was honored with their Distinguished Citizen award. He also holds a Masters degree from the University of Creation Spirituality. He splits his time between St. Paul and, New York City. He and his wife, Georgia, have eight children and twelve grandchildren.

You can email him at mduncan@nonviolentpeaceforce.org 

Tiffany Easthom
Executive Director

Tiffany Easthom

Prior to being the Executive Director, Tiffany Easthom was Program Director for Nonviolent Peaceforce 's Middle East program, Country Director in South Sudan and prior to that for Sri Lanka. Tiffany holds a BA in Justice Studies and a MA Degree in Human Security and Peacebuilding from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. She also studied peacebuilding in the field in Uganda and served as Country Director for Peace Brigades International in Indonesia. You can email her at teasthom@nonviolentpeaceforce.org.

Pete Ewins
Director of Finance and Operations

Pete Ewins

In addition to having extensive senior level finance experience, Pete has significant experience in the charity, international development and venture capital sectors. His broader experience includes managing HR and internal audit functions; implementing a major IT project, restructuring and change initiatives and other project management assignments. Prior to joining Nonviolent Peaceforce in 2018, Pete co-founded PlanLab to help charities respond to the change following the digital revolution. He received his MSc in Development Practice from Oxford Brookes University.

Rosemary Kabaki
Head of Mission, Myanmar

Rosemary Kabaki

Rosemary Kabaki serves as the Head of Mission at Nonviolent Peaceforce in Myanmar and previously worked with Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Caucasus as a Human Rights and Civilian Protection Expert and in the Philippines as an International Civilian Peacekeeper. Rosemary has experience working in her native country of Kenya in both the NGO and civil servant sectors. With Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Rosemary supported local groups to address inclusion gaps on governance, social and developmental needs of marginalized communities. As a Psychology lecturer at Kenya Medical Training College, she contributed to a curriculum that focused on embedding 'soft skills' and strengthening 'people first' values to the next generation of health workers.

Rosemary's NP experiences has made her passionate about exploring ways that civilians, living in conflict affected areas, can increase participation in their own protection and subsequently strengthen human rights in remote areas.

 

Delsy Ronnie
Head of Mission, Philippines

Delsy Ronnie

Delsy Ronnie has 18 years of experience in programming on conflict resolution, research, emergency response and community development, including nine years at senior management level at the country program. He was the director of the social department at Aceh-Nias Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Agency (BBR), the national body of rehabilitation and reconstruction of Aceh and Nias, two provinces of Indonesia, where he oversaw the rehabilitation and reconstruction process on social sector post-2004- Indian earthquake and tsunami. He also has served as National Team Leader for Conflict Early Warning and Early Response in Indonesia. Before joining with Nonviolent Peacefore, he led Muslim Aid Myanmar from 2013 - 2015. Ronnie has worked extensively on the peace process in Southeast Asia, including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Myanmar. He has a doctorate from the University of Helsinki with the research focus on the peace process in Aceh.

Ronnie has served as Head of Mission in the Philippines since November 2015.

 

Kalim Ul Masih
Head of Mission, Iraq

Kalim Ul Masih

Kalim Ul Masih is the Head of Mission for Iraq, based in our Erbil country office. He is a dedicated humanitarian and is coming to Nonviolent Peaceforce with a wide range of experience in emergencies, development aid and stabilization projects. His aspiration to find sustainable solutions for people affected by conflict has led him to work across Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Kalim holds a Masters degree in International Development and Management from the Department of Social Sciences in the University of Lund, Sweden.

You can email him at: kulmasih@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

Thiago Wolfer
Interim Head of Mission, South Sudan

Thiago Wolfer

Thiago Wolfer is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He has extensive experience in managing, designing, directing and implementing programmes of protection of civilians affected by armed conflict in different parts around the world. Thiago has a major in International Relations, a post bachelorship in International Politics and a Master’s Degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation at the University of Basel in Switzerland. He joined NP in 2007 and has worked in ever since with the organization in a number of country programes including Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Syria, United States and South Sudan. Thiago is committed to his work and believes in Unarmed Civilian Protection as an alternative to transforming conflict together with communities.

Board of Directors

Lucy Nusseibeh
Board Chair, Palestine

Lucy Nusseibeh

Lucy Nusseibeh is the founding director of Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy (MEND), a nongovernmental organization that educates grassroots political leaders, Palestinian youth, their teachers and their families about nonviolence and democracy. Previously, Nusseibeh taught in the Philosophy and Cultural Studies Department in Bir Zeit University, headed the Palestinian Centre for the Study of Nonviolence, and held a fellowship in the Women and Public Policy Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government of Harvard University. She is married to Sari Nusseibeh. You can email her at lnusseibeh at nonviolentpeaceforce@org.

First term start: 2008

Current term start: February 2018

Fatuma Ibrahim
Board Vice Chair, Kenya

Fatuma Ibrahim

Currently working with Transition International as a Network Partners having retired from UNICEF in 2015. Background is in education, social work and psychology. Specialist in child protection in emergencies and has extensive experience in working with children in conflict and post conflict situations. More than 25 years of experience in the field of child protection in emergencies mainly in Eastern and Western Africa, Middle East and Asia. Has had the privilege to lead DDR programmes for children in Liberia, South Sudan and Uganda while working for Save the Children Sweden and UNICEF. For several years was responsible for training of peacekeepers on child rights and child protection in Eastern and Central Africa. Has interest in Transitional Justice and has been involved in design and implementation of the children’s programme within the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in Liberia and more recently has picked up interest in countering and preventing radicalization of children by extremist groups.

First term start: 2016
Current term start: September 2016
Current term end: September 2019

Alex Gillen
Treasurer, France

Alex Gillen

Alex Gillen holds a Master degree in Management from Reims Management School and a Bachelor degree in Business law from Pantheon-Assas University. He also completed a MBA from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo. Alex Gillen has worked in auditing firms and financial organizations, and has held management positions at nonprofit organizations.

Rachel Julian
Board Secretary, UK

Rachel Julian

Dr Rachel Julian has been working in peace and nonviolence for over 25 years, and is Senior Lecturer in Peace Studies at Leeds Beckett 
University in the UK. She worked for Nonviolent Peaceforce from 2002-2007, as European Coordinator and International Fundraising Director. She has a PhD from Leeds Beckett University in Peace Studies and has given presentations, talks and written extensively on unarmed civilian protection. Rachel is running the first research council funded UCP research in Myanmar and teaching Civilian Protection on the MA International Human Rights Practice. Rachel a facilitator for the Unarmed Civilian Protection course with UNITAR and is also a board member of Peace News Trust.

First term start: 2016

Current term start: June 2016

Current term end: June 2019

Rolf Carriere
Board Member, Netherlands

Rolf Carriere

Rolf Carriere worked from 1971 till 2005 with Food and Agriculture Organization of the UNUNICEF and World Bank, mostly in Asia, where he focused on the challenges of ending hunger and malnutrition, reducing maternal mortality, scaling up primary health care, eliminating child labor, and promoting educational reform. His last postings were as UNICEF Country Representative in Bhutan, Burma, Bangladesh and Indonesia. Before retiring in 2005, Rolf served as the first Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition, a new public-private-peoples partnership aimed at food fortification. Since 2005 he has been Senior Adviser to NP, and more recently Adviser to EMDR HAP, an organization dealing with trauma healing in humanitarian settings. A Dutch national, he is a lifelong student of human development, philosophy and spirituality. You can email him at rcarriere at nonviolentpeaceforce@org.

First term start: 2014

Current term start: February 2014

Current term end: N/A

Louisa Chan Boegli
Board Member, Switzerland

Louisa Chan Boegli

Dr. Louisa Chan Boegli is from Hong Kong and lives in Switzerland. She received her doctorate in medicine (MD) from the University of California Los Angeles, USA. Currently, as founding member of the Rugiagli Initiative (tRI) and part of the 4change team, she leads activities in capacity building of health professionals for peace work.

She has 20 years of experience in international development and conflict management, working with communities, governments, multinational companies, the United Nations, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and NGOs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
Over the last 18 years, DrLouisa Chan Boegli has been instrumental in conceiving and initiating three organisations: Centre of Humanitarian Dialogue (HD, Geneva); a consultancy company providing Corporate Social Responsibility services to multinational companies; and the Rugiagli Initiative. She helped to write the HD Centre’s charter and pioneered exploratory work in Aceh, Indonesia and in Myanmar.She was instrumental in mediating the cessation of hostilities between the Government of Indonesia and the Aceh independence movement (GAM), which eventually resulted in a permanent peace agreement in 2005. From 2002 through 2007, Dr Chan Boegli was the leading member of the corporate social responsibility team offering advice to multinational companies on constructive ways to decrease conflict with host communities. As a founding member of tRI, she successfully initiated activities in Southern Thailand. With the Thai partner Prince of Songkla University Faculty of Medicine, tRI completed a pilot project to enhance the capacity for peace amongst health professionals working in conflict areas.She edited the volume, ‘Healing Under Fire – the case of Southern Thailand’ which documents the experience of Thai medical professionals working in the South. Dr Chan was responsible for the Health as a Bridge to Peace programme at the World Health Organisation (1996 - 1998), where policy, research, and case studies originated.

Dr. Chan Boegli also holds a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Certificate in Negotiation from Harvard Law School. She is a member of the board of PeaceNexus Foundation, and part of the Medical Peace Work network.

First term start: 2016
Current term start: September 2016
Current term end: September 2019

Meenakshi Gopinath
Board Member, India

Meenakshi Gopinath

Meenakshi Gopinath is currently Founder and Director of WISCOMP (Women in Security, Conflict Management and Peace), an initiative that seeks to promote the leadership of South Asian women in the areas of peace, security and regional cooperation. She is also Principal Emerita of Lady Shri Ram College, New Delhi where she served as Principal for 26 years till 2014. She was Mentor of the college from September 2014 to October 2015. She was the first woman to serve as member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) of India.

Dr. Gopinath is a member of multi-track peace initiatives in Kashmir and between India and Pakistan including the Neemrana Peace Initiative, the Pakistan India Peoples’ Forum for Peace and Democracy and the Chaophraya Dialogue. She has authored among others Pakistan in Transition, and co-authored Conflict Resolution – Trends and Prospects, Transcending Conflict: A Resource book on Conflict Transformation and Dialogic Engagement and has contributed chapters and articles in several books and journals on Gandhi, the politics of Pakistan, the arts of Conflict Resolution, Gender and Peace Building et al. Her interests include issues of human rights and gender, conflict transformation and Buddhist and Gandhian philosophy. In recognition of her contribution to the field of women’s education and empowerment, she has received several awards including the Padma Shri Award, Indira Priyadarshini Gandhi Award, the Rajiv Gandhi Award for Excellence in Education and the Mahila Shiromani Award and the Delhi Citizen Forum Award and Qimpro Platinum Standard Award for Education and Celebrating Womanhood South Asian Recognition Award for Social Harmony and International Lifetime Achievement Award – 2009 for outstanding work in the field of justice, Equity, Peace and Progress and the L.M. Singhvi fellowship Award at the David Davies Memorial Institute of International Studies (DDMI), University of Wales, Aberystwyth, Award of Honorary Doctorate Degree for significant contribution to the education of women and the commitment to fostering global peace through Conflict Resolution, La Trobe University, Australia and Honorary Adjunct Professor, La Trobe Asia, La Trobe University, Australia, Distinguished Alumna Award, by Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi for meritorious contribution in the field of Education and Visiting Distinguished Scholar 2015, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Gopinath serves on the Governing Boards of research institutes, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate bodies. She also is a member of The Club of Rome, Asian University for Women, Centre for Policy Research, Shri Ram Foundation, Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee, B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation, Welham Girls School, Shri Ram School, Track Two initiatives in the South Asian region and many more. She has been a Fulbright scholar and has received several fellowships including the Australian International Education Foundation Fellowship (1996-97) and the University Grants Commission Indo-Israel Exchange Fellowship (1994-1996) among others.

First term start: 2016

Current term start: June 2016

Current term end: June 2019

Thomas Kurmann
Board Member, USA

Thomas Kurmann

Thomas Kurmann is a Strategic Philanthropy professional with more than 20 years of experience. He joined Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in 2004, first as Communications and Fundraising Director of the operational center in Switzerland and then as Fundraising Director in Germany. Prior to joining MSF, Thomas was the Communications Director at Terre des hommes, a children's aid foundation.

Thomas is teaching Fundraising, Strategy and donor journey mapping and other strategic management and fundraising tools at international conferences and academic institutions in Switzerland. Before his Fundraising career, Thomas worked as a freelance journalist and PR professional, and as a dramaturg for a small theatre.

 

Anna Matveeva
Board Member, UK

Anna Matveeva

Current term start: June 2016

Current term end: June 2019

Francois Marchand
Board Member, France

Francois Marchand

Francois Marchand has worked as a freelance engineer, creator and manager of a consultancy company, project manager, and revenue risk director. Marchand has been retired as of March 2016.

Since 1970, Marchand has been an active participant in nonviolent movements, such as the Larzac nonviolent struggle and the French nonviolent movement (MAN = Mouvement pour une alternative non-violente). He is the creater and co-president of Non-violence XXI, a French NGO that gathers the main French nonviolent organizations (MAN, MIR, Arche, PBI-France, research, educational and training centers, magazines) in order to collect funds from donators and foundations. Marchand is also a member of the redaction commitee of the magazine "Alternatives nonviolentes (ANV)."

Brian McLeod
Board Member, USA

Brian McLeod

Brian McLeod is an American citizen who worked his way up the ranks at Merck, and eventually became Senior Vice President in Marketing.  Since retirement, he has been involved in the nonprofit sector, and active on several Boards. Board work and managing large companies have taught him to manage, listen, engage, compromise where necessary for relationship building, and team work.  Strategy planning is one of his key strengths.

Current term start: January 2020

 

Tiffany Tool
Board Member, USA

Tiffany Tool

Tiffany Tool works for IPEN, an international environmental organization that focuses on chemicals since 2016. Prior, she worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in the Iraq and Yemen operations. She is a humanitarian worker specializing in communications, development, conflict resolution, intercultural dialogue, and community protection. She has worked with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia (West Papua), Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan, and Peacewokers in Gaza and South Korea. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Dallas. She is also a board member for the Metta Center for Nonviolence and Peaceworkers USA.

First term start: 2016

Current term start: February 2019

Deepa Sureka
Board Member, USA

Deepa Sureka

Deepa Sureka is originally from India and recently launched Kora, a platform that brings skilled cooks into people's homes to prepare a home cooked meal. Sureka has led many businesses with the vision and passion to build, restructure and grow. Her educational and career footprint spans the world of marketing, advertising and ecommerce, building, growing teams and businesses for global organizations like Rakuten, Balsara (acquired by Dabur India).  

Current term start: January 2020

 

Gabriela Vogelaar
Board member, Netherlands

Gabriela Vogelaar

Gabriëlla Vogelaar is an Academy Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’ since 2019. She coordinates training programmes for foreign diplomats and other professionals skilled in international relations. Her focus areas include negotiation, mediation, diplomacy, pre-deployment training and international security. She worked in the field of peacebuilding and conflict prevention since 2010. Prior to joining the Clingendael Institute, she worked at the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), an international NGO, as a Project Manager and Training & Capacity Building Coordinator. Gabriëlla led projects to improve policies and practices in the field, through which she built up her expertise on the EU, human security, civil-military cooperation, security sector development and Mali. She is also the author, editor-in-chief and co-editor of two books on peacebuilding and human security. Her achievements include the publication of a scientific article in the Journal for Regional Security, on EU support to security sector reform in Mali. In addition, she is currently a Board Member of the United Network of Young Peacebuilders (UNOY).

She holds a Masters Degree in International Relations from Utrecht University and an honours Bachelors degree in Social Sciences from University College Utrecht. Gabriëlla is a creative thinker with attention to detail, and her background and six languages are valuable in communicating effectively across different cultures. 

Our Offices

 

NP US Office

2610 University Ave. W. Ste. 550
St. Paul, MN 55114
USA

Tel: +1 612 871 0005

info@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

 

NP Europe Office

Rue de Lausanne 82
1202 Geneva, Switzerland

Tel: +41 (0)22 552 66 10

headoffice@nonviolentpeaceforce.org

 

 

NP South Sudan Office

Hai Kololo, Block B Juba
The Republic of South Sudan