The MEPU kick-off team
(in chronological order of joining)
Gal Harmat.jpg
Dr. Gal Harmat

I see myself as a translator that interprets critical theories on peacebuilding, development, and gender into educational tools. I am a university researcher and lecturer on gender peacebuilding and human rights education and manage the facebook page hamemagdert that offers a gender analysis and gender tours in public space and art institutions.

I am grateful for Eden and Amin for inviting me to this journey.

Mohammed Dajani.jpg
Prof. Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi

Professor Mohammed S. Dajani Daoudi is a Jerusalem-born peace activist with two doctorate degrees granted from The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, (1981) and the University of Texas at Austin, Texas, (1984). In 2007 he established the Wasatia movement to promote reconciliation, moderation, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence. He is a professor of political science and worked as Head of Libraries and founding director of the American Studies Graduate Program at Al-Quds University (2002-2014). In March 2014 he took his students to Auschwitz and Krakow to teach them about the Holocaust. The trip cost him his job at al-Quds University and compromised his safety. He received death threats, and his car was torched. He is the author of numerous books and articles.  Tufts University bestowed upon him the Dr. Jean Mayer Global Citizenship Awards in recognition of his ongoing work to encourage dialogue and find alternatives to extremism.

Nabila Espanioly.jpg
Mrs. Nabila Espanioli
Hillel Cohen.jpg
Prof. Hillel Cohen

Hillel Cohen-Bar is an Israeli scholar who studies and writes about Jewish-Arab relations in Palestine / Israel. He is an associated professor at the Department of Islam and Middle East Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the head of the Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism and the State of Israel at that university.

Cohen is especially familiar with east Jerusalem, the topic of his book, Kikar Hashuk Reka (The Marketplace is Empty or: The Rise and Fall of Arab Jeruslaem), and he published extensively on the Palestinian internal refugees and on the 1948 war. Two of his books deal with Palestinian collaborators and the Israeli security agencies, using methodology that can be described as history-from-below. 

Huda Abuarquob.jpg
Mrs. Huda Abuarqoub

Huda Abu Arqoub is Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a network of civil society organisations working in conflict transformation, development, and coexistence in the Middle East among Israelis, Palestinians, Arabs, and Jews. A Palestinian, she is also a leading supporter of Women Wage Peace (WWP). Fathom assistant editor Sam Nurding spoke to her about the challenges faced by a Palestinian feminist engaged in conflict-resolution activism.

Mae Cannon 2.jpg
Rev. Dr. Mae Cannon

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon is the executive director of Churches for Middle East Peace and an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC). Cannon served as the senior director of Advocacy and Outreach for World Vision U.S. in Washington, DC; as consultant to the Middle East for child advocacy issues for Compassion International in Jerusalem; as the executive pastor of Hillside Covenant Church of Walnut Creek, California; and as director of development and transformation for extension ministries at Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois.

Cannon holds an MDiv from North Park Theological Seminary, an MBA from North Park University’s School of Business and Nonprofit Management, and an MA in bioethics from Trinity International University. She received her doctorate in American History with a minor in Middle Eastern studies at the UC Davis, focusing on history of the American Protestant church in Israel and Palestine. Her work was highlighted in numerous ME and international media outlets.

Heather Kertyzia.jpg
Prof. Heather Kertyzia

Dr. Heather Kertyzia is the Head of the Peace and Conflict Studies department at the University for Peace (UPEACE) in Costa Rica. Her teaching focus lies within the Peace Education and Global Citizenship and Gender and Peacebuilding programmes. Dr. Kertyzia's research uses participatory methods to better understand and improve practices of peace education, primarily at the secondary and university levels. She has engaged in these processes in several countries, working in partnership with faculty and teachers to collectively develop more peaceful educational cultures. Dr. Kertyzia writes from an intersectional feminist perspective and draws on post-development theories. She has taught at universities in New Zealand, Colombia, the United States and Costa Rica in peace studies, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, teacher education, human rights and international law programmes.

Muli Peleg.jpg
Prof. Samuel (Muli) Peleg

Muli peleg is a professor of political science and international relations. His areas of expertise are analysis and management of intractable conflicts, strategies of negotiations, styles of leadership and intercultural and interfaith dialogue. He has just returned to Israel after teaching and researching at Rutgers and Columbia Universities in the US. Dr. Peleg has an extensive practical experience as a negotiator and peace-maker in addition to his academic career. He has worked with peace organizations such as the Peres Center for Peace, One Voice, the Counter Extremism Project and Realizing the Dream, and conducted dialogue and peacebuilding projects in the US, Africa, Europe and Israel/Palestine. The author of several books and articles, Dr. Peleg’s recent book is called Intercultural and Interfaith Dialogue for Peace (2019).

Gabriele Segre.jpg
Mr. Gabriele Segre

Gabriele Segre is the Director of the Vittorio Dan Segre Foundation, a Swiss NGO dedicated to the promotion of the culture of coexistence among different identities. Prior to his current position, he served as Strategic Advisor for the United Nations, dealing with issues of organizational reform, culture change and leadership. 

Gabriele’s areas of expertise are public policy, international relations and leadership studies, on which he holds training programmes in various academic contexts, including the United Nations University, the National University of Singapore and the University of Turin. 

Gabriele holds a BA in International Relations and Oriental Studies at the Catholic University of Milan, a MA at Columbia University in New York. He is currently completing his Phd in Leadership and Public Policy from the National University of Singapore.