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.
Director of USA
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 [email protected]
Mel Duncan is a Founding Director 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 represented 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 [email protected]
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 [email protected].
Deputy Head of Mission (Programmes), Iraq
Nicole Ella is a programme implementation and development specialist, bringing over twelve years' experience in protection, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Nicole has excellent knowledge and experience with programme cycle management including design, development, strategy and planning; budgeting and compliance; fundraising and grants management; implementation; advocacy; monitoring, evaluation and learning, at the country and regional levels. She brings demonstrable ability to lead diverse teams in international environments. Nicole is a registered lawyer in Australia and holds a Masters of Peace and Conflict from Uppsala University, Sweden.
Head of Mission, Iraq
Before joining Nonviolent Peaceforce’s (NP) Iraq project, Lisa Fuller worked for NP in Sri Lanka, South Sudan, Abyei, and Lebanon. She previously served as Search for Common Ground’s Deputy Chief of Party on an atrocity prevention project. She also spent two years working as a journalist, covering stories related to conflict and violence for media outlets such as BBC, NPR, and Al Jazeera. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Justice and Peace Studies and Government from Georgetown University. You can contact her at [email protected]
Felicity Gray is the current Advocacy Lead for Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP). She comes to DC from NP in South Sudan, where she served as a Team Leader in Bentiu, the largest displacement camp in the country. In addition to her experience as a practitioner, Felicity is an academic and expert in unarmed civilian protection. Her PhD research on the topic includes field research in Myanmar, Lebanon, Europe, and the United States. She holds a Masters in Humanitarian Action from the Australian National University.
Director of Finance and Operations
Line holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and has 20+ years strategic and leadership experience and with in-depth Operations background including financial management, HR management as well as organizational development. She has extensive experience guiding growth and performance of international organisations and NGOs as well as extensive experience in managing and mentoring multifunctional and multicultural teams. Prior to joining NP, she was the Director of Operations for ACT Alliance and Humanitarian NGO and prior to that the Head of Budget and Financial Planning for IUCN, an NGO specializing in Nature Conservation.
Head of Programs, South Sudan
Martha Hernandez is currently the Head of Programs at Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan. She has extensive experience in protection of civilians and peacebuilding in different parts of the world. She has been working with Nonviolent Peaceforce since 2008 in different countries such as Sri Lanka, the Philippines, United States and Syria. Martha holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies and a Master’s Degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation.
Head of Programme, Philippines
Rexall Kaalim is currently working as Head of Programme of NPP. He served as Program Manager of NPP for 3.5 years. He had also served for 4 years in NPP as Assistant Program Manager and Safety and Security Coordinator from July 2014 – April 2018. Before joining NP, Rexall had worked with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue as consultant for the MNLF-MILF dialogues (2013-2014) He had also served as Humanitarian Protection Specialist of the Balay Rehabilitation Centre (2012 – 2013). He served as Coordinator of a community-based ceasefire monitoring group- Mindanao Peoples Caucus - Bantay Ceasefire (Ceasefire Watch) (2007-2010) that supports the Government of the Philippines and Moro Islamic Liberation Front monitor the GPH-MILF ceasefire agreement; and the Initiatives for the Initiative (IID) as Senior Program Staff which initiated, conceptualized the mobilization of third party community-based ceasefire monitoring mechanism- Bantay Ceasefire (2003-2006).
Head of Mission, Myanmar
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.
Director of Programs, USA
Kalaya'an Mendoza [He/They/Siya] is a Queer, Hard of Hearing, Filipino American human rights activist, street medic, and community safety and mutual protection trainer. He is an award-winning facilitator of holistic safety and security, as well as a recognized expert in disaster preparedness. He currently resides on occupied Lenape land. Kalaya'an serves as the Director of US Programs at Nonviolent Peaceforce, and is the co-founder of Across Frontlines, an organization that works with frontline human rights defenders.
Global Head of Programming
Huibert Oldenhuis currently serves as the Global Head of Programming at NP`s Head Office in Geneva. He has worked in the field of peace and security since 2004, with Peace Brigades International in Indonesia, the UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific in Nepal, and Nonviolent Peaceforce in South Sudan and Myanmar. He is a former Head of Mission for NP in Myanmar and the (co-) author of various publications on Unarmed Civilian Protection. You can contact him at [email protected]
Head of Mission, Philippines and Regional Representative for Asia
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.
Start-up Director, Sudan
Tanya Walmsley (She/Her) is the Start-up Director for the new NP Sudan Country Office. She joined Nonviolent Peaceforce in 2017 as the Head of Mission for Iraq and in 2021 worked with the NP USA Country Office as Technical Advisor during the uprisings for Black lives against white supremacist violence.
Head of Mission, South Sudan
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.
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye
Global Head of People, Culture & HR
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye
Gloria Jarrett Yatassaye currently serves as the Global Head of People, Culture and HR at Nonviolent Peaceforce. She previously held the post of Global HR Manager at NP Head Office since Oct 2019.
Gloria has a varied background having served both non-profit organisations and for-profit corporations in the areas of education, finance, and now conflict response and resolution. She is thrilled to use her skills in talent acquisition, relationship building, and creating a ‘people first’ culture to continue building a world-class team at NP.
Her focus will be partnering closely with all teams across our growing global organisation to build bridges and form connections that will enable our staff to accomplish the best work of their lives.
She is looking forward to having genuine conversations with employees on how she can help in their NP journey and continue improving communications to further enhance awareness of company initiatives and culture progress.
Gloria holds a Bachelor of Science degree in International Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Director of Organizational Advancement
Anna Zaros (She/Her) previously held a number of leadership and development positions and has worked as the Director of Development at Mary's Pence, Director of Development and Communications at the Domestic Abuse Project, and her latest position was as Head of Donor Engagement at the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT), where she worked for the past four years. During her time at CVT, Anna was a member of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Working Group, where she provided leadership, planning and implementation to create a diverse, equitable and inclusive organization.
Anna holds a Masters in International Peace Studies from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana and a mini-MBA for Nonprofits Certificate and a Fundraising Certificate from Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Anna has worked with peacebuilding organizations in Mindanao, the Philippines, and as a case worker for victims and survivors of sex trafficking in Minnesota and has had her journal articles on this work published in scholarly journals.
Board of Directors
Board Chair, Palestine
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.
Board Vice Chair, Kenya
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.
Board Secretary, UK
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.
Board Member, India
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.
Board Member, USA
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.
Board Member, France
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)."
Board Member, UK
Interim Treasurer, USA
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.
Board Member, USA
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).
Board Member, USA
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.
Board member, Netherlands
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.