tim Phillips, Beyond Conflict Ceo
Timothy Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict. Using the unique approach of shared experience, Tim has helped catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe and has been a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S Congress. He also helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, a forum for over 90 former democratic heads of state and government.
Senior Program Officer
Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky has served Beyond Conflict since 2012, and is the Senior Program Officer. He assists in the development and implementation of project programs, with a particular emphasis on the Neuroscience and Social Conflict Initiative. Prior to joining Beyond Conflict, he worked for other non-profits in the Boston area in research and administrative capacities. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with Bachelor of Arts in Government.
Emile Bruneau, PhD, Lead scientist
Emile Bruneau is the Lead Scientist at the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, and Director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is informed by his experience in conflict regions (e.g., South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Israel/Palestine), and focuses on better understanding the processes driving intergroup conflict (e.g., empathy, dehumanization, collective blame), and critically evaluating interventions aimed at reducing these processes. Emile was the recipient of the 2015 Young Investigator Award in Peace Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
Mike Niconchuk, Senior Researcher
Mike Niconchuk is an Innovation Lab Senior Researcher who spent five years in the Middle East designing neuroscience-informed programs for violence reduction and psychosocial support. At Beyond Conflict, Mike leads several initiatives in the US, Germany, Jordan, and Lebanon, focusing on two major themes: the link between neuroscience and participation in group violence (e.g., gangs, extremist groups, etc.), and the mind-body effects of conflict and violence on youth and adults. Mike has degrees from Tufts University and University College London.
Patricia Collins, Executive Director
Patricia Collins, M.B.A., is Executive Director at Beyond Conflict, and brings over 20 years of business, fundraising and external relations experience, with particular expertise in social justice and global health. She was most recently an AVP at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Development Office, working in an entrepreneurial role to launch and fund transformational health initiatives in the US and beyond. Prior to BWH, she served as Chief Development Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative and VP of Resource Development and External Affairs at Pathfinder International, and served as a key member of Executive Leadership, the primary liaison with Board members, and as head of all philanthropy, corporate partnerships, external relations and communications activities.
Scientific Advisory Board + Steering Committee
Rebecca Saxe, PhD
Rebecca Saxe is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT, and an Associate of the McGovern Institute for Brain Research. Professor Saxe’s research characterizes the basis human capacity for thinking about others’ minds — whether for cooperation and empathy, or competition and schadenfreude.
Philip Rubin is the CEO emeritus and former Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories. He is an adjunct professor, research affiliate and fellow at Yale University and has served in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President of the United States, led the White House neuroscience initiative, and was a senior advisor on national policy. He is a fellow of many organizations and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering and the National Academy of Public Administration.
Lynn Kunkle, PhD
Dr. Lynn Kunkle is the Director of Philanthropic Research and Impact at the El-Hibri Foundation and has worked for over two decades as a specialist in interfaith peacebuilding, conflict resolution and capacity building. With over ten years living in Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia, she has worked with government, religious and civil society leaders on a range of inter-religious peacebuilding issues. As Assistant Professor of Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University, she taught Islamic approaches to peace and conflict resolution to religious leaders and organized interfaith dialogues.
Melanie Cohen Greenberg
Melanie Cohen Greenberg is President and CEO of the Alliance for Peacebuilding. Before this, she worked in both philanthropic and academic settings and 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 and is a writer, lecturer, teacher and trainer.
Rose McDermott is the David and Mariana Fisher University Professor of International Relations at Brown University and a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She received her Ph.D in Political Science and M.A in Experimental Social Psychology from Stanford University and has taught at Cornell, UCSB and Harvard. She has held multiple fellowships at Harvard and Stanford University, and is the author of five books and hundreds of academic articles across a wide variety of disciplines.
Josh Greene, PhD
Joshua D. Greene is a Professor of Psychology and member of the Center for brain Science faculty at Harvard University. He has studied behavioral and neuroscientific methods to study moral judgment and more recently, examined thought formation and its manipulation into reasoning and imagination in the brain. He is the author of Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason, and the Gap Between Us and Them.
Judy Barsalou is a political scientist who has held leadership positions in the Ford Foundation, the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Middle East Research and Information Project and the El-Hibri Foundation. Her research focuses primarily on transitional justice, including the role of memorials in social reconstruction; the challenges of teaching history in societies emerging from conflict; and trauma and transitional justice. She holds a B.A.in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and an M.A., M.Phil and Ph.D. In comparative politics from Columbia University.
William Casebeer is a Research Area Manger in human systems optimization for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories and retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel. He currently leads science and technology development programs to improve human performance. His research interests include the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, neuroethics, political violence, philosophy of mind, and human performance.
Linda Tropp, PhD
Linda R. Tropp, PhD, is Professor of Social Psychology in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more than two decades, she has studied how members of different groups experience contact with each other, and how group differences in status affect cross-group relations. She has worked to reduce racial conflict, improve interracial relations and promote racial justice and has received distinguished research and teaching awards from the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues and the International Society of Political Psychology.