Staff

The staff's daily work is conducted at our Arlington office by our Program Managers under the guidance of our CEO Ambassador McDonald and Executive Director Karen Dickman.

John W. McDonald, Ambassador (Ret.) - Chairman and CEO

Ambassador John W. McDonald is a lawyer, diplomat, former international civil servant, development expert and peacebuilder, concerned about world social, economic and ethnic problems. He spent twenty years of his career in Western Europe and the Middle East and worked for sixteen years on United Nations economic and social affairs. Read more...

Dr. Brian Polkinghorn - President

For the past 15 years, Dr. Polkinghorn has taught more than 35 different courses in conflict resolution in a range of areas including international and environmental conflict processes, theories and methods. He has also practiced, trained and conducted conflict research in more than 30 countries taking part in protracted, highly complex and sensitive international disputes. Dr. Polkinghorn has published more than 30 articles and book chapters on applied conflict intervention research in top-tiered journals such as International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice and The International Journal of Conflict Management.

Dr. Eileen R. Borris, Ed.D. - Director of Training

Dr. Borris is a clinical and political psychologist working in the field of international conflict resolution and reconciliation especially with emerging democracies. Her focus is on bringing ethnic and regional groups in conflict together within the framework of multi-track diplomacy and incorporating forgiveness and reconciliation processes within the broader context of conflict resolution.

Karen Dickman - Executive Director

Reverend Karen Dickman is a mediator/conflict professional with extensive restorative justice experience working with people with AIDS, mental illnesses, ex-offenders, victims of violent crimes, and in jails and prisons. She is a frequent speaker at conferences and universities on topics related to religion and/or restorative justice. Within IMTD she manages the Water Program, promoting the Water for the World Act and access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities in developing regions around the world. She also crosses into projects related to women and forgiveness movements. Educationally she has a BA in Criminal Justice and graduate studies in Criminal Justice, Religious Studies, and International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

Cathryn Meurn - Professional Development Program Manager

Cat works on the Professional Development Program at IMTD. She is also currently working towards the completion of her master's degree in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. Prior to IMTD, Cat worked at the United Nations Foundation on various projects including the use of mobile technologies for health, disaster relief and conflict management. Coming from an international studies background, Cat has spent time abroad in various countries including Spain, Italy, and Northern Ireland. Her undergraduate degree is from Dickinson College in International Studies with a concentration in Human Security and Globalization.

Elliot Talbert-Goldstein - Communications Manager

Elliot joins IMTD with communications experience in a variety of industries. He has been working independently with clients since 2009, focusing his efforts on nonprofits and small businesses. His dedication to the work of NGOs has led him to continue to provide communication solutions to socially-focused organizations of all types. His background is in digital media and will focus on the online presence of the organization and its projects in addition to coordinating traditional marketing campaigns. He is currently managing the communications efforts of multiple projects at IMTD, including the Professional Development Program and Mediation Services. Elliot holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication and Media from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

DR. HILDA DUNKWU - EDITOR-IN-CHIEF FOR CONFLICT PERSPECTIVES MAGAZINE

Dr. Hilda Dunkwu is the Managing Editor of Conflict Perspectives. She has a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution from Nova Southeastern University.She is also an attorney, trainer and mediator.She has provided conflict resolution training and mediation services to individuals, organizations and communities since 2008.

Vikas Vohra - Program Officer, India-Pakistan

Vikas Vohra is the Program Manager of the Kartarpur Peace project between India and Pakistan. He completed his Executive Masters of International Service (MIS) degree from American University, Washington D.C in December 2013. Vikas pushed the peace project by taking up the case for the project's approval with the Prime Ministers', Cabinet Ministers and Associates from both the countries. He also approached the State Department, diplomatic community, Sikh community, diaspora and media for funding and support for the project. He also assisted the Ambassador in taking Conflict Resolution lectures in National Defense University (NDU), Washington D.C. He, along with Ambassador John McDonald, also collaborated with Sandia Laboratories on the Siachen Glacier project (Environmental) between India and Pakistan.

Kali Michael - Archives Program Officer

Kali was born in the United States and raised in Trinidad. Kali started working with the Archiving/Institutional Memory Program at IMTD at the end of January, 2012. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from SUNY Albany in 2005 and recently completed his Masters of Arts degree in International Affairs from the School of International Service at American University. He has lived and worked in Uganda for two months as an Operation Crossroads Africa volunteer and has also authored a research paper on the history of conflict within that country. During his time at IMTD, Kali has authored a project report on the Kartarpur Marg Peace Corridor. Currently he is working with archiving interns to store information related to IMTD's projects in digital formats.

Tanweer Wani - Model Peace Project Manager

Tanweer Wani is an Ambassador of Peace for Universal Peace Federation, as well as a lawyer and peace activist form Kashmir (India), now a permanent resident in the United States. He is the president of Kashmir Institute of Peace Studies (KIPS), a Kashmir based peace centre which focuses on conflict resolution and peace studies. Tanweer has completed his Master's degree in International Law from George Washington University. Currently he is working on a book "A Date with America", a political fiction, exploring sociopolitical institutions of the United States. He has been involved with Kashmir conflict since his early college years and has been working on facilitating a pilgrimage bus service for Kashmir on either side of the India- Pakistan border. . Currently he is working on project "Model Peace". Through this project IMTD, on the lines of Model UN, aims to promote dialogue and discussion of the system bases approach to peace building among youth.

ALESSIA PALMA - PROGRAM OFFICER

Alessia Palma is a fourth year law student, studding at University of Bergamo (Italy). She worked as an Environmental Educator in Italy, where she developed proposal and implement of environmental education for primary and secondary schools. She was camp leader in an International Environmental Camp in Italy, where she managed the camp and the volunteers and communicated with the local Authorities. She attended classes of International organizations and European law at University of Zaragoza (Spain). At IMTD, Alessia is doing research on Tibetan refugees in India. She is also working on Conflict Perspectives on line magazine. She is interested in international law, human rights and conflicts resolution.

Dr. Mary (Regina) Vayaliparampil - Program Manager, Nepal

Regina is involved in designing projects that help sustain peace in Nepal through the involvement of the various stakeholders of Nepalese society. Training in Nonpartisan Reporting, Teachers for Nepal and Employment Opportunities Development are some of the projects being developed by me for Nepal. Mary is has a dual-title PhD in education policy and international education at Pennsylvania State University. Her dissertation is on "Stakeholder Perceptions of the Education for All Campaign Effectiveness in Increasing School Enrollment in India". During this period she has also had the opportunity to intern with UNICEF and examine the School Water and Sanitation towards Health and Hygiene intervention in Jharkhand, India. Prior to moving to the US she worked as a Math and Science teacher, English language tutor and program coordinator in the United Arab Emirates and India. Regina has also completed graduate studies in Educational Leadership from the University of Oregon and has an undergraduate degree in Physics from Goa University, India.

ANTONELLA MULAS - Program Officer

Antonella Mulas is a Law graduate student from the LUISS University of Rome (Italy). She participated to the European Lifelong Learning Program at the Tilburg University (The Netherlands), there she attended courses of International Insolvency Law, Comparative Corporate Governance and Transnational Finance and Commercial Law. She worked in a Law firm in Milan (Italy) in a position of intern and she is a passionate about commercial and international law. At IMTD, Antonella helped in the fundraising activity for the Northern Ireland project and with the UN Draft Resolution on Intra-State Conflict. She would like to become a lawyer on commercial law.

Enole Adepoyi - Program Manager, Nigeria

Enole Adapoyi is a graduate of the University Maryland University College with a Masters of Science in Homeland Security and a candidate for the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University (SCAR). Her program the peace initiate is a transformational collaboration for development in the Niger delta that works with NGOs to promote proletarian participation. This collaboration is to solicit for corporate social responsibility involving women facilitators in an approach to seek the alliance and involvement of companies and governmental agencies. She is also working on interfaith dialogues in the northern part of Nigeria to educate on the demerits of terrorism and displacement.

BENJAMIN KRAUT - PROGRAMS ADVISOR.

Benjamin Kraut is the Programs Advisor and a Project Officer with the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy. Mr. Kraut advises on all programs and projects as an in-house consultant, assisting program managers and project officers to increase efficiency, ensure long-term viability of projects and programs as well as compatibility with IMTD strategic objectives. Mr. Kraut is also developing and implementing projects ranging from transitional justice in the Middle East and Central America to addressing water-conflict on a global scale. Currently, Mr. Kraut is a student at Temple University Beasley School of Law. He is a Semi-Finalist in the Presidential Management Fellowship and a Law & Public Policy Scholar as well as a Rubin Public Interest Honor Society Fellow. Mr. Kraut's diverse experience ranges from interning with the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of General Counsel in Washington DC, employment law with the City of Philadelphia Law Department, criminal prosecution with the Philadelphia District Attorney's office, criminal defense with Goldberg, Menuix and Mueth and strategic planning at Dragonfly Partners, a consulting firm dedicated to nonprofit organizations. His legal interests are in local and national government, foreign relations, international human rights law, employment law and general litigation.

ADAM ZEMANS-PROGRAM MANAGER - MEDIATION & INTERNATIONAL FAMILY CONFLICT RESOLUTION.

Adam Zemans, J.D., M.A., is the Program Manager of the Mediation & International Family Conflict Resolution program at The Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy (IMTD). In this capacity, his focus is on multi-track diplomacy related to the Hague Convention of 1980 on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction and other legal instruments, including the U.N. Convention on Rights of the Child, 18 USC Section 1204 and The International Child Abduction Prevention and Return Act of 2014.  

Adam holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center; M.A. in Sociology, York University, Toronto, Canada; and B.A. from Oberlin College, where he graduated as a Harry S. Truman Scholar (NY) and member of the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society.  He has 8years advocacy and NGO experience in Latin America and is the author of two articles on climate change diplomacy, one of which focused on the Plurinational State of Bolivia’s U.N. negotiation strategy and the other China-U.S. climate change cooperation. His scholarly interests center around international leadership, cooperation and dialogue, conflict analysis and resolution spanning a variety of disciplines and levels of analysis, including Smart Power strategies and tactics for U.S. diplomacy. Methodologically, he is interested applying clinical social work theories to multi-track diplomacy and in helping strengthen its evidence base through the development of rigorous transdisciplinary qualitative and mixed methods research.


Since 1992 we have had 285 staff and interns from 68 countries.