International Advisory Board
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed
Ambassador Akbar Ahmed is Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University in Washington D.C. and former Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK and Ireland.
He is author of more than a dozen award-winning books including Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization (2007), Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam (2010), and The Thistle and the Drone: How America's War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam (2013), all published by Brookings.
Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander
Professor Jeffrey C. Alexander is the Lillian Chavenson Saden Professor of Sociology at Yale University and co-director of the Center for Cultural Sociology.
A theorist working in the areas of politics, culture and aesthetics, he has devoted himself to problems of democracy, solidarity and incorporation. In Trauma: A Social Theory (2012), Alexander conceptualises performances of reconciliation and alienation as responses to cataclysmic events.
Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela is Professor and Research Chair in Historical Trauma and Transformation at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.
She served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of South Africa managing the public hearings process of the TRC’s Human Rights Violations Committee. Her critically acclaimed book, A Human Being Died that Night: A South African Story of Forgiveness won the Christopher Award in the United States and the Alan Paton Award in South Africa.
Professor Michael Ignatieff
Michael was born in Canada and educated at the universities of Toronto and Harvard. He is a university professor, writer and former politician.
His major publications are Scar Tissue (1992), Isaiah Berlin (1998), The Rights Revolution (2000), Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry (2001), The Lesser Evil: Political Ethics in an Age of Terror (2004), Fire and Ashes: Success and Failure in Politics (2013), and The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World (2017).
Professor John McGarry
John is Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Political Studies, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
His research focuses on conflict resolution in deeply divided societies, such as Northern Ireland, Iraq and Cyprus. He has written and co-written many books, chapters and articles on these subjects. McGarry is the Senior Advisor on Governance and Power-Sharing to the UN-sponsored talks in Cyprus.
Professor Paula M. Rayman
Paula is Founding Director of the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and Senior Fellow at the UMass Boston Center for Peace, Democracy and Development.
She is Chair of the Advisory Board for the SEA (STEM Equity Awards) Change Project of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Her numerous research publications focus on issues of gender justice in conflict arenas and nonviolent social change movements especially in the Middle East region.
Professor Richard Ashby Wilson
Professor Wilson is the Gladstein Distinguished Chair of Human Rights and Professor of Anthropology and Law at the University of Connecticut.
Wilson is the author or editor of eleven books on anthropology, international human rights, truth and reconciliation commissions and international criminal tribunals. He has consulted for international policy agencies and served as Chair of the Connecticut State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights from 2009-2013.