President and CEO, Alliance for Peacebuilding
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before joining the AfP, she was the President and Founder of the CypPeace and Security, a foundation making grants in the areas of peacebuilding and nuclear nonproliferation. From 2003 to 2004, she was a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, focusing on issues of justice in post-conflict peacebuilding. From 2000 to 2002, Melanie was director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. She previously served as associate director of the Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation and deputy director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation.
In her work on international conflict resolution, Melanie has helped design and facilitate public peace processes in the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the Caucasus. She has taught advanced courses in international conflict resolution, multi-party conflict resolution, and negotiation at Stanford Law School and Georgetown University Law Center and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Elliott School of George Washington University. She was lead editor and chapter author of the volume Words over War: Mediation and Arbitration to Prevent Deadly Conflict (Rowman & Littlefield, 2000).
Melanie is a frequent writer, lecturer, teacher, and trainer in a broad range of areas related to international law, international security, and peacebuilding. In her training, she has led courses for Congressional staff, scientists at the National Institutes of Health, international lawyers, business executives, and graduate students from around the world. Recently, she helped facilitate government discussions on international legal protections for minorities in Tanzania and developed a set of training materials for government groups working on reconciliation in Kenya (both with the Public International Law and Policy Group).
Before beginning her work in international peacebuilding, Melanie practiced as a bankruptcy lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges in Houston. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the United States Institute of Peace and is on the board of the Institute of World Affairs. She served as board chair of Women in International Security and the Alliance for Peacebuilding and has sat on the boards of Dispute Resolution Magazine, Partners for Democratic Change, and the Lawyers Alliance for World Security. Melanie holds an AB from Harvard and a JD from Stanford Law School. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two teenagers.
CEO, Strategy, Governance, and Operations, the LcHoesGroup
Leveraging over 25-years of private and public sector experience in strategy development, program management, policy and governance, business tran sformation and change, ethics and corporate responsibility, branding and marketing... I have worked in support of Fortune 500 companies, entrepreneurial startups, government and military agencies, university programs and non-profits. A prolific mentor, coach, and speaker my message of equity, diversity and inclusion, especially of women's empowerment resonates strongly with thought leaders.
In early 2014, I founded the LcHoesGroup to provide our clients with comprehensive strategic advice to empower organizations and individuals to more successful outcomes. As CEO, I lead a diverse group of innovative thought leaders and management consultants to customize our recommendations to satisfy client needs. Our expertise has been developed over decades of work in both private and public sectors with an emphasis on risk management, equity, and leadership.
Professor of Political Science, US Naval Academy
Dr. Gale A. Mattox is professor and a former chair (2003-2007), Political Science Department , US Naval Academy. She received the 2011 USNA Superintendent’s Civilian Faculty Service Excellence Award. Her teaching responsibilities include National Security Policy, Comparative European Politics and the Transatlantic Relations Capstone, as well as American Government and International Relations. She is Chair (2011-2013), International Security and Arms Control Section, American Political Science Association and an elected board member of the International Security Studies Section, International Studies Association. She is the Visiting Senior Scholar, Foreign and Domestic Policies Section, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies (AICGS), Johns Hopkins U. In 2009 she held the Distinguished Fulbright-Dow Research Chair, RooseveltCenter, the Netherlands.
Special Assistant to the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia/Ukraine/Eurasia and Russia Country Director, Department of Defense
Professionally Dorian's expertise lies in WMD nonproliferation, CBRN and study abroad expeRussia. She received her B.A. in Political Science from St. Olaf College, MN and a M.A. in International Affairs focusing on national security from Georgetown University.
Founding Director, Global Co Lab Network
Linda Staheli is the founder of the Global Co Lab Network globalcolab.net which focuses on curating diverse stakeholders in informal on incubating action and engaging the next generation. Inspiration for the Co Lab came after working for thirty years building global science and technology engagements to address global challenges including those in the security, diplomacy and economic competitiveness arenas. Ms. Staheli directed government affairs at CRDF Global and founded the US-North Korea Science Consortium with AAAS, Syracuse University, and the Korea Society. She managed global health issues as the Director of the Division of International Relations at the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health. Other government experience includes managing U.S global science relations working at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, negotiating and implementing science and technology (S&T) agreements with Japan and Korea and managing the Central and East European Joint S&T Funds at the U.S. Department of State. Other employers include RAND, Pacific Sierra Research Corporation, and Council for a Livable World. Ms. Staheli has served in various volunteer capacities including Vice President and co-President of Women in International Security (WIIS). She holds an M.A. in Public Management with a focus on national security studies from the School of Public Affairs, University of Maryland, and a B.A. in International Studies from the Jackson School of International Studies, the University of Washington in Seattle.
Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies, American University
Dr. Carola Weil joined American University (AU) September 2012 as the inaugural dean of the newly established School of Professional and Extended Studies, the new tional Gateway as well as other experiential learning, professional studies, and continuing education programs at AU. She brings to AU over 20 years of management, research and teaching experience in higher education, not-for-profit, and international settings. Prior to joining AU, Dr. Weil held multiple appointments with the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, most recently as the School’s Director of International and Strategic Partnerships and Associate Dean for Planning & Strategic Initiatives. In that capacity, Dr. Weil led the development of collaborative, applied research, and public service projects with partners in the academic, non-profit, government, international, military, and private sectors. While at USC Annenberg, she oversaw the School’s operations and helped launch the school’s first online MA in Communication Management, a new innovation and design laboratory, and several interdisciplinary programs. A scholar of international affairs, armed conflict, and human security, she held teaching and research appointments in international relations and public diplomacy at USC, George Washington University, and the Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. She was senior program officer in the US Institute of Peace’s grants and fellowship program and the Friedrich-Ebert Foundation’s Washington DC office. Weil served as executive director of the University of Maryland College Park Center for International Development and Conflict Management, and the not-for-profit, Women in International Security. A German and US dual national, Carola Weil has lived or travelled on virtually every continent and experienced the benefits of a global, experiential education first hand. She is a member of numerous professional organizations, frequently serves as reviewer for noted journals and awards in international affairs and public service.
Former Director, Atlantic Council’s Ansari Africa Center
Dr. Nancy Walker, is the former Director of the Atlantic Council's Ansari Africa Center and the 1st director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies. Dr. Walker’s diverse career speaks for itself. Her experience ranges from working as a political producer for German television, to defense analysis for an investment bank, to directing the Office of African Affairs and United Nations Branch Chief in the Office of Peacekeeping Policy. Dr. Walker is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Women’s Foreign Policy Group, Women in International Security, American Political Science Association, Turkish-American-International Women’s Cultural and Charitable Society, among others.