Sophia Dien holds a BA in Psychology from Wellesley College. As the daughter of Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees, she grew up hearing first-hand the stories of her mother’s harrowing escape from a Khmer Rouge work camp, and her stepfather‘s escape from a Vietnamese Communist POW camp. These stories inspired and laid the foundation for her passion to work towards mitigating the various forms of injustice and inequality that marginalized communities and survivors of war encounter. Most recently Sophia has spent time developing and managing culturally-aware domestic violence prevention, conflict resolution, and healthy marriage workshops for refugees from Burma, Bhutan, and Iraq at a grassroots organization in Atlanta, Georgia. Sophia has also worked at The Carter Center, an international humanitarian aid organization opened by former President Jimmy Carter to advance human rights and alleviate disease. Sophia’s diverse background includes psychosocial counseling, facilitating healing among rural and inner city families, and conducting oral histories among immigrant and refugee communities. Internationally, Sophia has traveled and worked in Hong Kong, China, and Cambodia. She also studied grassroots development and nonviolent activism in India with Arun Gandhi, the grandson of Mohandas Gandhi and the former director of the M. K. Gandhi Institute for Non-Violence.
Dr. Eisikovits, an Israeli attorney, earned his PhD in legal and political philosophy from Boston University in 2005. His research focuses on the moral and political dilemmas arising in post-conflict and transitional settings. Some of the questions he is interested in concern the possibility of sympathy between enemies, the feasibility of forgiveness in politics, and the comparative benefits of truth commissions and war crime tribunals for societies emerging from prolonged conflict. Recent scholarly publications include: “”Forget Forgiveness: On The Benefits of Sympathy for Political Reconciliation” (Theoria, 105), “I am the Enemy you Killed my Friend: Rethinking The Legitimacy of Truth Commissions”(Metaphilosophy, 37) and “Moral Luck and the Criminal Law” (in Law and Social Justice, Cambell et al., eds., MIT, 2005). He has also written numerous op-ed pieces on the Middle East conflict for American publications such as The Miami Herald, The Forward and In These Times. Before coming to Boston, he worked at the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s office. In addition to his work for the ICfC, Nir is an Assistant Professor of philosophy and Director of the Graduate Program in Ethics and Public Policy at Suffolk University.
Brigitt Keller holds a law degree from Fribourg University Law School in her native Switzerland and an LLM in American Law from Boston University. Originally trained as an educator, she worked for many years in an after school program with children of Turkish immigrants. Prior to her law experience, Brigitt counseled victims of domestic violence and was instrumental in founding the Swiss National Council of Women’s Shelters. For many years, she organized and taught workshops on the prevention of domestic violence, with a special focus on the prevention of sexual abuse of children. After completing her LLM at Boston University, Brigitt began working for the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP) on a Best Practices Manual, where she currently serves as the Executive Director.
Dasha received her MA degree in political science from Comenius University in her native Slovakia. She is pursuing her PhD at Boston University and at the Institute of Ethnology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. She started off in the field of human rights at the Slovak Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, dealing mostly with issues relating to Roma, Hungarian, and Ruthenian minorities in Slovakia. Her thesis focuses on the role of historic memory in perpetuation of ethnic conflict and tensions in Central European politics today. She writes for various international policy journals. Dasha joined ICfC in January 2005 as the first permanent fellow and served as the ICfC Program Director until August 2008. She has led workshops in India, Cambodia, Europe, and the U.S. She also worked at the Euroclio – European Association of History Educators – in The Hague from September 2008 to July 2009. Currently, Dasha teaches human rights and international conflict and cooperation at Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. She also helps to organize the annual Muslim Jewish Conference.
Jina Moore is an award-winning journalist with an academic background in historical memory, specializing in the language and representation of historical trauma. Prior to becoming a journalist, she spent ten years working with Holocaust survivors. Her academic work has been recognized with a U.S. Truman Scholarship, a Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship and a Fulbright Fellowship, among other awards. Her journalism has been published in a variety of outlets, including Newsweek, Foreign Policy, the Christian Science Monitor and Best American Science Writing. She is a two-time grant recipient of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and a 2009 Ochberg Fellow of the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma.
David Baharvar Ramsey is a mediator and lawyer in New York City. He is interested in how business people, lawyers and other professionals and citizens can improve understanding and peace between groups in their societies. While he regularly negotiates agreements relating to business matters, he has also been involved with various public service legal work, including mediating legal cases (employment discrimination, landlord-tenant, divorce, and small claims). At Harvard Law School, David was a teaching assistant at the negotiation workshop, a part of Harvard’s Program of Instruction for Lawyers. He also taught mediation to various groups and was a research assistant to instructors at the Program on Negotiation, assisting in the editing of the Handbook Of Dispute Resolution and a book on dealing with emotions in negotiation, and he served as an Executive Editor of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review. David has also taught online negotiation courses for staff of the United Nations Development Program, through the Consensus Building Institute.
Adam holds a BA from Colby College where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with honors in his cultural anthropology major and is currently pursuing his PhD in sociology at Boston College. His research interests include post-conflict struggles over cultural space and the distortion of cultural memory, a topic for which he conducted field work in Vietnam in 2004. Prior to his Fellowship with the ICfC, Adam spent time interning with Human Rights Watch where he helped lead a youth human rights advocacy program. He also worked with victims of human trafficking and political refugees being resettled in Austin, Texas. From January 2006 – July 2007, Adam served as a Fellow for the ICfC in Cambodia, bringing together former Khmer Rouge cadre members and survivors from the Cambodian genocide to develop conciliatory dialogue strategies.
Shanti Sattler of Eureka, California graduated from the International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies Programs at Tufts University. For the past six years she has served as an advisor to several national service organizations and is the former member and current co-chair of Youth Service America’s National Youth Advisory Council. During the summer of 2005, she worked with the renowned author, psychologist and former commissioner on South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Dr. Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, in Cape Town, South Africa, assisting with her research on perpetrator remorse and reintegration into post-apartheid society. In 2006, she served on the international student planning committee of the second Women as Global Leaders conference in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. She wrote a senior honors thesis in peace and justice studies on war-affected youth in Northern Uganda and participated in a research trip to Gulu. Shanti joined the International Center for Conciliation in January of 2006. She has been working for the Center in Phnom Penh office, Cambodia, since July 2007.
Sangeeta Isvaran, a frequent participants in our workshops on three continenets, studied Mathematics and Sankrit in her native town of Cennai, India. She then decided to seek training in classical Indian dance. She holds a master degree of Performing Arts in Dance. Using the traditional technique of her performing arts she has developed a unique method working with the arts in cultural diplomacy, therapy, education, empowerment and conflict resolution in some of the poorest and war-torn places in the world. For this work she was honored with some of the highest national and international awards. She spends part of each year offering dance recitals at the most prestigious performance centers in the Western world and devotes the revenues supporting her work of healing and empowerment for the vulnerable and the victimized, marginalized communities across the world, such as sex workers, street children, indigenous communities, landmine victims, victims of caste and religious conflict and so on elsewhere. She is able to annotate and elaborate upon her intricate dance movements, communicating effectively, as he does in seven languages.
Oded Leshem Adomi
Oded Leshem Adomi, with degrees in and professional experience in documentary filmmaking, coordinated ICfC work with Ossim Shalom in developing communal cooperation between Israeli Jews and Israeli minority members in 2009-2011. His successes have encouraged him to do advanced work in conflict resolution at Tel Aviv University. He continues to advise us in our work to foster cooperation between Israeli, Jordanian, and Palestinian scientists, engineers, and environmentalists, in their research, policy planning, and lifesaving efforts to organize hazard risk planning and mobilization for cross border emergencies and cross border interventions.
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