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.
Since 1992 we have had 285 staff and interns from 68 countries.
John W. McDonald, Ambassador (Ret.) - Chariman and CEOAmbassador 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 - PresidentFor 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 TrainingDr. 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 DirectorReverend 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 ManagerCat 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 ManagerElliot 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.
Chizuru Asahina - Editor-in-Chief for Conflict Perspectives MagazineChizuru graduated from the George Washington University with a MA in International Education. Her focus was peace education and education in emergencies in Africa. She started working at IMTD in July, 2012. Chizuru is the Editor-in-Chief for a new conflict resolution publication at IMTD – Conflict Perspectives Magazine. As an archiving intern for IMTD, Chizuru is working to summarize and digitize the organization's documents. Before coming to the IMTD, she spent some time in Africa for conference and research in Rwanda, Tanzania, South Africa, Uganda and Ethiopia. She also holds a BA in International Studies from Brigham Young University.
Vikas Vohra - Program Officer, India-PakistanVikas Vohra is a Master's of International Service student at American University, Washington DC. He is a program manager of Kartarpur peace project at IMTD. He also assisted the Ambassador in lectures in National Defense University, Washington DC.
Engy Said - Program Officer, The BalkansEngy graduated from Cairo University with a B.Sc. in economics and political science. She also studied conflict management at Georgetown University. She has worked at the Secretariat General of the League of Arab States, helping to coordinate the first Arab economic, social and development summit. She also worked as an Investment Specialist for the Private Investments Department at the Commercial International Bank of Egypt. Engy serves as a diplomat at Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs where she helps manage bilateral relations between Egypt and the Balkans. She is currently pursing her M.A in International Peace and Conflict Resolution at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her major areas of interests are peacekeeping and peacebuilding, women rights, non-violence, post-conflict reconstruction, multi-track diplomacy, counter-terrorism , religion and peacebuilding.
Kali Michael - Archives Program OfficerKali 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 ManagerTanweer 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.
Nouf al Sadiq - Model Peace Project OfficerNouf Al Sadiq is in the process of completing her Bachelors Degree in International Studies and the Middle East at American University in Washington, DC. As an active member of the American University community, she has taken on leadership roles at a number of student organizations including the Muslim Student Association, Saudi Student Association, and Delta Phi Epsilon: Professional Foreign Service Sorority. Previously, she had interned at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Washington, DC. Nouf's position at the Embassy was a News Analyst at the Saudi Information office. Currently, she is interning at IMTD and is working at assisting in Project "Model Peace", which aims to establish a system that is based on dialogue and discussion. Nouf's relevant experience includes participating in Model UN, Model Arab League and the G-20 Youth Summit in Mexico.
Dr. Mary (Regina) Vayaliparampil - Program Manager, NepalRegina 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.
Hilary Smith - Program Officer, DialoguesHilary recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Middle East Studies/Arabic for which she completed the third year of the language in Amman, Jordan. Upon graduation, she interned at the State Department's Foreign Service Institute, where she facilitated and attended classes in Near East and North African affairs. She currently attends the Institute of World Politics seeking her MA in Statecraft and National Security. Hilary is managing IMTD's Dialogues program, which sets up facilitated meetings between parties in conflict in Northern Ireland and Burundi.
Enole Adepoyi - Program Manager, NigeriaEnole 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.
Pat Fiander - Program Manager, TibetBefore IMTD, Patrick was a volunteer for UNDP in South Africa, where he assisted local civil society in small community grant applications. Patrick was also a Graduate Intern with United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Bonn, Germany. While with UNV, Patrick constructed technical documents on civil affairs that gave newly recruited Civil Affairs Officers and their partners an entry document and a streamlined UNV stance on civil affairs in the field. Before UNV Patrick was a Project Manager for a manufacturing company. Patrick has his MS in International Conflict Resolution from Portland State University and his BS in Communications/Advertising form the University of Oregon. He was born and raised in Seattle and is a huge Seattle Seahawks fan.
Adhik Badal - Program Officer, NepalAdhik Badal graduated from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu with degrees in English and Conflict, Peace and Development Studies. He is also an MA candidate of International Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute, the University of Notre Dame. He has worked for Local Peace Committee at Kavre district of Nepal under Nepal's Ministry of Peace and Reconstruction as a Peacebuilding Officer and for various nongovernmental organizations. He recently taught as adjunct faculty in Tribhuvan University's Department of Conflict, Peace and Development Studies.
Since 1992 we have had 285 staff and interns from 68 countries.