Boston Headquarters Staff

Hillel Levine, President and Founder

Dr. Hillel Levine has written numerous books and articles on ethnic violence and conflict resolution, using an approach that is both scholarly and empathetic. His use of evocative narrative and moving life-histories makes his work engaging to non-specialists and popular audiences while remaining influential among academics and policy analysts. His research has provided the basis for an Oscar-winning documentary and two of his books are being made into documentaries and a feature-length dramatization. Hillel is a popular lecturer, guest columnist in newspapers, and makes frequent radio and television appearances. The ICfC is an extension of his life’s work into the world of politics and geopolitical peace. Hillel, in addition to his international work with the ICfC, is also a professor of Sociology and Religion at Boston University, where he has been teaching and researching since 1981.

David Steele, Senior Associate

Dr. David Steele works with religious, political, and other community actors to effectively facilitate social transformation within situations of conflict in the Balkans, the Middle East, and South Asia. He has developed conflict assessment procedures, facilitated dialogue and problem solving processes, led training workshops in relationship building and conflict resolution, and made oral and written presentations on religion and conflict. Dr. Steele has also developed cooperative inter-ethnic/sectarian projects in post-conflict reconstruction and established indigenous peacebuilding NGOs. Highlights from his experience include: brainstorming and back channel communication between governments during the Kosovo War and training workshops related to the Final Status Talks in Kosovo and for provincial leaders in Iraq. Additionally, he has provided recommendations for reconciliation in Iraq prepared for the US Institute of Peace, prepared a peacebuilding vision and strategy paper for the African Catholic Bishops Conference, and written an essay on engaging with religion in conflict situations for top level international negotiators at the Oslo Forum. Previously, Dr. Steele has worked as a program manager at Mercy Corps, as interim executive director at Conflict Management Group in Cambridge, MA, and as a fellow at the Center for Strategic & International Studies in Washington, DC. Dr. Steele has a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, and is the author of numerous publications.

Christine Dunn, Senior Communication Advisor

Christine is the founder and president of Savoir Media Co., an award-winning strategic communications company that provides media training, research and editorial strategy services. Prior to starting her company, Ms. Dunn worked at Bloomberg News for more than a decade. While there, she lead the North America Consumer/Retail Team, and spent four years as Bureau Chief of Boston.

Before joining Bloomberg, Ms. Dunn spent two years working and studying in Tokyo and completed a master’s degree in Asian studies and international business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  In addition to her consulting work, Ms. Dunn is on the Advisory Board of Tufts University’s Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program, and is on the Board of the Belmont Foundation for Education. A longtime member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Ms. Dunn has contributed to Compliance Week’s online and print publications, focusing on internal controls and auditing issues. She also has written for Computer World and Parents and Kids magazines, as well as the Walt Disney Co. web site,

Merel van Herpen, Administrative and Research Intern

Merel is an administrative and research intern at the ICfC who qualified for her position through a US State Department program. She is in her senior undergraduate year majoring in Sociology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. Through her minor in Conflict Studies and study trips to countries as Romania, Morocco, Turkey and Hungary she developed a great interest in the field of intercultural and religious conflict. During this internship she will seek to gain a fuller understanding of the ICfC´s mission, goals and objectives. She also hopes to develop more knowledge and skills in the field of conflict resolution and non-profit work. She will support the ICfC administratively and will help with research in support of the DeadSeaNet project.


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