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Dr. Peter Ackerman Jack DuVall
Berel Rodal Shaazka Beyerle
  Kim Hedge

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DR. PETER ACKERMAN, Founding Chair

Dr. Peter Ackerman, Chair

Dr. Peter Ackerman is one of the world’s leading authorities on nonviolent conflict, and is the founding Chair of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington, DC.

Dr. Ackerman was the Executive Producer of the PBS-TV documentary, “Bringing Down a Dictator,” on the fall of Serbian dictator Slobodan Milosevic. It is the recipient of a 2003 Peabody Award and the 2002 ABC News VideoSource Award of the International Documentary Association. It aired in March, 2002, and subsequently in Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia/Montenegro, Spain, Sweden and Taiwan. It has been translated into Arabic, Farsi, French, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

He was also the Series Editor and Principal Content Advisor behind the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS-TV series, “A Force More Powerful,” which charts the history of civilian-based resistance from Gandhi’s campaign in India to the U.S. civil rights movement, the dismantling of South Africa’s apartheid system, to the fall of Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. It aired in September 2000, and subsequently in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iran (via satellite from Los Angeles), New Zealand, Norway, Palestinian Territories, Spain, Sweden and Venezuela. It has been translated into Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Russian and Spanish.

He has spoken often in public, on television and radio, including BBC, CNN, CBC (Canada), Fox News, and National Public Radio. He has published op-eds and articles, most recently in Insight Magazine (9/9/02), Sojourners Magazine (9-10/02), and Le Monde (10/28/02). He has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, U.S. News and World Report, The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, Weekly Standard, Los Angeles Times, Newsday, Washington Times, and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He is the co-author of two seminal books on nonviolent resistance: A Force More Powerful (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press 2001), companion book to the television series, and Strategic Nonviolent Conflict: The Dynamics of People Power in the Twentieth Century (Praeger 1994).

Dr. Ackerman holds a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, where he presently is the Chairman of the Board of Overseers. In addition, he is on the board of CARE, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Council of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London.


JACK DUVALL, President

Jack DuVall, Director

Mr. DuVall is the founding Director of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. He was the Executive Producer of the two-part Emmy-nominated PBS television series, “A Force More Powerful,” and co-author of the companion book of the same name (Palgrave/St. Martin’s Press 2001).

Mr. DuVall has spoken often at universities and policy institutes, including Antioch College, Columbia University, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia), Harvard University, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Massey University (New Zealand), Rice University, the State University of New York/Stony Brook, the University of Alabama, the University of Calgary (Alberta), the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Denver, the University of Melbourne (Australia), the University of North Carolina, the University of Rochester, the University of Sydney (Australia), the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Queensland (Australia), the University of Waterloo (Ontario), the U.S. Institute of Peace, Vanderbilt University, and West Virginia Wesleyan College.

His media appearances have included MSNBC’s Nachman Show, ABC NewsChannel 8 (Washington, DC), ABC TV (Australia), CBC (television and radio), CBS Radio, CKNW (Vancouver), National Public Radio, NewsChannel 12 (Long Island) and RadioNation. He has published op-eds and articles, most recently in Newsday (3/17/03) Insight Magazine (9/9/02), Sojourners Magazine (9/10/02), and Le Monde (10/28/02). He has been cited in such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Nation, Philadelphia Inquirer, Vancouver Sun, and U.S. News and World Report.

Mr. DuVall is also a veteran television executive and writer. For 16 years he developed, marketed, executive-produced, and promoted non-fiction television programming, with clients including the Turner Broadcasting System, The Learning Channel, KCET/Los Angeles, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, and over 30 other commercial television and non-profit organizations. Mr. DuVall was also Vice President for Program Resources of WETA, Washington, DC, and previously was Director of Corporate Relations of the University of Chicago; Director of Industry Compliance, Cost of Living Council, Executive Office of the President; and an officer in the U.S. Air Force. His writing includes speeches for presidential candidates in four national campaigns.

He holds a B.A. degree (cum laude) from Colgate University and serves as a member of the board of sponsors of Morehouse College (Atlanta, Georgia) and an associate of the Centre for Justice and Peace Development at Massey University (Auckland, New Zealand).





Berel Rodal is Vice Chair of ICNC. Since 1967 Mr. Rodal has provided executive leadership and strategic, planning, and management advice to governments, and since 1990, to companies. His professional experience as a senior official in the Government of Canada included policy, planning, and executive responsibilities in the foreign affairs, international trade, defense, security and intelligence, economic and social domains, and in managing across jurisdictions; his career involved him in many of the central challenges facing government during his twenty-two years of public service. He served in the Department of External Affairs and in the Cabinet/Privy Council Office in the Government of Canada; as Secretary of the Steering Committee on national unity in the Cabinet Office during the period of the (first) Quebec referendum; as Director-General of the Policy Secretariat in the Department of National Defence; and as a member of Canada’s negotiating team in the Canada-US Free-Trade negotiations.

He is Managing Director of Hillman Capital Corporation of New York, a management consulting and investment banking firm that provides capital, advice and assistance to emerging companies. He also serves as a Managing Director of other emerging technology and international development firms, and as a consultant to the RAND and MITRE Corporations, and other strategic and public policy bodies.

He has lectured in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Japan on governance and the state, federalism and intergovernmental relations, nationalism and political identity, international relations, ‘information-age’ issues, international trade, and strategic policy/international security affairs. He is the author of a number of publications on these subjects. His most recent publication is the book The Somalia Experience in Strategic Perspective.

He was born in Montreal in 1943 and was educated at McGill University and Balliol College, Oxford. He is married and has six children.



SHAAZKA BEYERLE, Associate Director

Shaazka Beyerle is Vice President of the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict. She was previously a writer, with expertise in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Until 2004, she covered the Middle East and Southern Africa for WorldView Magazine (National Peace Corps Association). She has published articles/op-eds on people power, the Middle East, foreign affairs, culture, literature, nonfiction, and art in Al Hayat/Dar Al Hayat, European Affairs, Europe Magazine, Foreign Policy, The Independent, Washington Times, Washington Diplomat, and WorldView Magazine, and has been cited in Al Ahram, Newsday, and Reason magazine.

She speaks often about strategic nonviolent action, including at: Columbia University; California State University; New Tactics for Human Rights Symposium, Ankara; State University of New York (Stony Brook); University of Idaho - Borah Symposium; and the World Electronic Media Forum/United Nations Summit on the Information Society, Geneva.

She has been interviewed on BBC World News about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and has lectured about the Middle East at the World Bank and the Maryland Women's Leadership Forum; and on journalism at the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Institute.

Ms. Beyerle returned to Washington, DC in August, 2000, after having lived in Jerusalem for three years. While overseas, she consulted twice with the Bethlehem 2000 Project through the United Nations Development Program and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development. She was also the International Press Manager for the Jerusalem Film Festival (2000).

Prior to moving to the Middle East, Ms. Beyerle was the founding Vice President of The European Institute, a leading Washington-based public-policy organization devoted to transatlantic affairs. She holds an M.A. in International Relations from George Washington University, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and conducted graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh.




KIM HEDGE, Manager, Programs and Research

KIM HEDGE, Program Coordinator

Ms. Hedge has several years of experience in research, field work, consulting, and teaching in the areas of international development, refugees, humanitarian emergencies, and conflicts, working with organizations such as Refugees International and Genocide Watch. Her field activity has included work with Karenni refugees on the Thai/Burma border.

Ms. Hedge has also worked with NGOs in project management, strategic business planning, grant writing, investigative research, and data management and has taught and facilitated trainings on leadership and teambuilding. Prior to entering the field of international assistance, Ms. Hedge worked as a consultant for grant writing and project management for Cook County Hospital’s HIV unit, The CORE Center, and an analyst for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture).

Ms. Hedge's research and writings have covered topics such as strategies for civilian action in Burma; nonviolent action in Zimbabwe; how structural violence can lead to genocide; post-conflict reconstruction; security and its effects on refugee flight and return with a particular focus on Afghanistan; internally displaced persons (IDPs); and conflict resolution. Ms. Hedge also authored "Perspectives on Afghan Women" and "A New View of Food Security in Afghanistan: Strategies for the Reconstruction Process" which were posted on Reliefweb.

Ms. Hedge holds an M.A. in International Development Studies --Conflict Studies from The George Washington University and a B.S. in Business Management from Bradley University. Ms. Hedge has also earned a certificate in 2003 from Erasmus University, Rotterdam the International Institute for Mediation and Conflict Resolution, The Hague, Netherlands.

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