William Ury is an author, walker and mediator. He is the founder of the Abraham Path Initiative and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project. William is the co-author of the global bestseller Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No. Over the last 35 years, he has mediated between quarreling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups around the world.
Raed Saadeh is the President of the Arab (Palestinian) Hotel Association and the owner and General Manager of the Jerusalem Hotel, a boutique hotel he conceptualised and designed. He is also the Chairman of the Rozana Associationand a co-founder of the Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil and a large number of other organizations supporting Palestinian culture, rural tourism, fair trade and the arts, including the Network for Experiential Palestinian Tourism Organizations (NEPTO). Raed originally trained as a mechanical engineer with a BSc Summa Cum Laude from Syracuse University, N.Y. and a MSc. at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland.
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Anisa Mehdi is an Emmy Award-winning journalist specializing in religion and the arts. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Jordan, mentoring professional broadcasters and teaching aspiring filmmakers. For over 20 years Anisa reported, directed and produced television news and documentary programs for mainstream American media outlets. She teaches documentary film at Seton Hall University. Anisa’s third film on the Hajj premiered on PBS in December 2014
Paul Gray is the managing partner of Richard Gray Gallery, a leading international dealer in Modern and Post War American and European art with locations in New York and Chicago. Paul has acted as advisor and consultant to prominent private collectors and museums for over 20 years. He is currently Vice Chair of the board of the Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago, and has served on numerous boards and committees, including the Art Dealers Association of America and the Peace Museum
Josh Weiss is the President of Negotiation Works and a co-founder of the Global Negotiation Initiative and Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. Josh has been involved with the Abraham Path from the very beginning, walking stages from Harran to Hebron and the Negev. He most recently served as the Initiative’s Managing Director. Josh is the author of the popular The Negotiator in You series and the creator of the Negotiation Tip of the Week (NTOW) Podcast.
Mona Abdeljawad is the president and cofounder of the Rights and Development Center, has served with the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, and has also served as a Mideast civil society leader during negotiating the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. She also has served as the Assistant Secretary General at the Higher Council for the Affairs of Persons with Disabilities. She holds a Masters degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She is a certified Senior Trainer on Disability Equality.
David Lax assists companies and governments in complex negotiations in his role as Managing Principal of Lax Sebenius LLC. He advises on negotiations ranging from commercial contracts, joint ventures, and strategic alliances to large mergers and acquisitions in a wide range of industries to the settlement of lawsuits to the ending of civil wars. He is the coauthor of 3D Negotiation and The Manager as Negotiator and loves to hike in the mountains.
Jamil Mahuad was President of Ecuador from 1998 to 2000. Before becoming president, Jamil served as Mayor of Quito for six years. He is currently on the faculty of the Harvard Program on Negotiation, providing important insights into the application of the program’s work to real-world conflict situations.
James Sebenius holds the Gordon Donaldson Professorship of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he took the lead in the School’s decision to make negotiation a required course in the MBA Program. Jim currently serves as Vice Chair and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Program on Negotiation.
Ivan Schouker advises and leads financial services, technology, and professional services firms in transition. He was a board member of the Landmine Survivor Network and Ambassador of the Union for International Cancer Control. He studied economics, business and public law at Columbia University as a Fulbright scholar, the London School of Economics, and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. He lives near Geneva, Switzerland with his wife and two teenage boys.