Joel Braunold was appointed in 2014 as ALLMEP’s U.S. director and has several years of experience in Israeli-Palestinian relations, civil society, advocacy, media, coalition-building, and development. He joins his entrepreneurial energy with a passion for strengthening, uniting, and multiplying the impact of grassroots Israeli-Palestinian peacebuilders.
For the last five years, Joel served in leadership roles at the PeaceWorks Foundation/OneVoice Movement, an ALLMEP member organization. At OneVoice offices in London and New York, Joel innovated new programs and built collaboration across the business, government and NGO sectors. Most recently, Joel led OneVoice’s strategic partnerships and new economic initiatives.
Joel’s insightful analysis on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been published by national and international media outlets, including Ha’aretz.com, the New York Daily News, the Guardian, the Huffington Post and the Daily Beast. An alumnus of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Joel also holds a B.A. (Hons) in philosophy from Bristol University. He has received the Avi Schaefer Peace Innovation Prize and is a senior fellow for the Alliance for Youth Movements.
In 2015 Joel was appointed as ALLMEP’s Executive Director.
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 alumna 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 graduate student at the George Washington University finishing her M.A. in Global Communication with a concentration in Middle East and North Africa Studies. She currently lives in Rabat where she is conducting research for her master’s thesis on the online news consumption habits of young Moroccans as an NSEP Boren Fellow.
Previously, Kelsey worked as an Open Sources Analyst for a major U.S. government contractor and did media research for an art collective in Berlin. Kelsey has 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.