Joel Braunold serves as the Executive Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace. A contributor for Ha’aretz and the Jerusalem Post, his work has been published in numerous national and international publications including the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post, the Hill and the Daily Beast. He has given lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, National Defense University in Washington DC, Loyola Marymount University, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and at Bar Ilan University.
He works regularly with the US State Department, USAID, the National Security Council and Congress on the needs of the peace building community. Outside the US, Joel has worked with national governments across Europe, multilateral institutions and parts of the Arab world.
Joel is an alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a BA (Hons) in philosophy from Bristol University. He is the recipient of the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize, is a senior fellow for the Alliance for Youth Movements and holds Honorary Life Membership to the National Union of Students (UK) and the Union of Jewish Students (UK).
Huda Abuarqoub joins ALLMEP as its first on-the-ground regional director. She has years of experience in conflict resolution, NGO leadership, and social change education and activism, as well as a life-long commitment to building strong people-to-people Israeli-Palestinian relations. She is a well-known speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
After studying conflict transformation and peace studies as a Fulbright scholar, she worked as an executive director, a program director, and an NGO consultant to a number of organizations in the U.S., Israel, and Palestine. She is a co-founder of the Center for Transformative Education (CTE) and has taught and trained hundreds of students in Israel and the U.S. She has long been an active leader in grassroots Palestinian initiatives focused on women’s empowerment and people-to-people diplomacy.
Previously, Huda worked as a teacher, trainer, and consultant for the Palestinian Ministry of Education for fifteen years. She earned her M.A. in conflict transformation and peace studies from Eastern Mennonite University and her B.A. in education for social change from Al-Quds Open University in Jerusalem.
Huda is the oldest of twelve children, the daughter of respected Palestinian educators, and an aunt to twenty-two nieces and nephews. Born in Jerusalem, she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, lived for six years in the U.S., and now resides in Hebron.
U.S. Program Officer
Fatima is an alumni of the Elliott School of International Affairs, where she recently earned an M.A. in Middle East studies with a specialization in conflict and conflict resolution. Prior to joining ALLMEP, Fatima worked on Arab-Israeli Programs at the United States Institute of Peace and served as a fellow at the Palestinian organization Arab World for Research and Development (AWRAD).
She has also served on a variety of other Middle East-focused projects and organizations, including the Project on Middle East Political Science, the Institute for Middle East Studies, and the World Justice Project. Fatima also holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern studies and religious studies from the College of William & Mary. Her academic research has largely focused on the interactions between social and religious movements and politics in Israel and Palestine as well as North Africa.
Eldad J. Levy
Former Director of Programs in Seeds of Peace and currently MA student in the Sociology department of Ben Gurion University, Eldad Levy has lead various education and People to People programs in Israel and other parts of the Middle East. Eldad has created and managed both in Seeds of Peace and other organizations, full and comprehensive educational curricula based on multicultural, dialogue and Cross-conflict needs. Eldad has organized and lead international youth delegations to Jordan, Egypt, the United States, Ireland and the UK and has worked closely with partner NGOs and state official agencies.
In the academic field Eldad has vast experience in social and political research and writing and has produced himself articles, reports on several political issues in the Middle East. Eldad possesses a deep understanding of Israeli and Palestinian societies and relevant experience on the fields of education, programming and curricula, Israeli NGOs and cross conflict encounters. Occasionally Eldad writes for political blogs and newspapers.
Media and Communication Fellow
Kelsey is a recent alumni of the George Washington University, where she earned an M.A. in Global Communication with a concentration in Middle East and North Africa Studies. She recently returned from Morocco, where she conducted research for her master’s thesis on the online news consumption habits of young Moroccans as an NSEP Boren Fellow.
Kelsey works as an Open Source Analyst for a major U.S. government contractor and has previously conducted media research for an art collective in Berlin. Kelsey holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies with a minor in religious Studies from the College of William & Mary. During her undergraduate studies she spent time studying in Amman, Beirut and Tangier.