Huda joined ALLMEP as its first on-the-ground regional director in 2014. 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.
Nick Acosta is the Digital Communications Manager for the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), where he oversees all digital communications and outreach activities in support of ALLMEP and its member organizations.
Before joining ALLMEP, he worked as a graphic designer and communications professional for the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy and as a Politics Research Fellow for G Strategies, LLC. He has also worked on major design contracts for digital marketing agencies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Denver, Colorado.
He holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from St. Norbert College, as well as M.A.s from Yale University in Theology and Georgetown University in Arab/Islamic Studies. He also holds a professional certificate in Digital Marketing from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management. Nick is an avid rock climber, published fiction novelist, and visual artist.
Wasim is a third-generation Palestinian refugee, born and raised between Lebanon, Syria, and Gaza. He studied information technology in Chicago before moving to Gaza to work for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Wasim worked with civil society and international institutes in Ramallah on projects aimed to develop practices of democracy and transparency for the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. He has over 10 years of experience in cross-border and civil society work with a focus on grassroots, alumni, and leadership program development. Before joining the ALLMEP team, Wasim served as the Director of Communications for the OneVoice Movement in Palestine and later as the Deputy Director of the Zimam Foundation, where he remains today as a board member.
Judith has been working with ALLMEP on the capacity building project since January 2021. Her position is being supported by AGIAMONDO e.V, one of nine implementing organizations of the German Civil Peace Service.
Previously, she worked in different positions at AGIAMONDO e.V. in Cologne, Amman and Jerusalem. In all positions she was involved in organizational development, knowledge management, process optimism and networking. Prior to this she was research assistant and later freelance lecturer in ‘International Politics and Institutions’ as well as ‘Introduction to Social Sciences’ at Cologne Business School.
Judith holds a BA degree in Politics and Peace Studies from the University of Bradford and an MA in International Cultural Management from Cologne Business School. Her research mostly focused on land rights in southern Africa and migration theory and mitigation in West Africa.
John was ALLMEP’s first European Director, founding its new office in Paris in 2018, before becoming the organization’s Executive Director a year later. He brings with him over a decade of experience leading NGOs concerned with conflict resolution and international development, with a particular focus on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the pivotal role civil society can play in any lasting resolution.
A regular contributor and commentator on events in the Middle East, his writing has featured in numerous international publications, including The Independent, Newsweek and TIME Magazine, and he is a frequent analyst on the BBC, CNN, France 24 and Sky News.
John received a BA in English Literature and History from University College Dublin, and an MA in International Relations from the University of Sheffield, where he won the 2007 Bethan Reeves Prize for his research on the Middle East. A former member of the Under 35 Steering Committee at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House, John is also a Visiting Fellow at King’s College London’s Department of Middle Eastern Studies, and has delivered guest lectures at the London School of Economics, Sciences Po Lille, and the University of Hull.
Kari is the U.S. Director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace, where she serves as ALLMEP’s chief operations officer and senior advocate in the United States. As a core member of the global executive team, Kari works with the Executive Director and regional team in implementing ALLMEP’s worldwide initiatives, including the establishment of a multi-million dollar International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, following the successful enactment of the Nita M. Lowey Middle East Partnership for Peace Act (MEPPA).
Kari has worked as a foreign policy professional and non-profit leader in Washington, D.C. for fifteen years, serving as a foreign affairs advisor in the U.S. House of Representatives and as a policy expert at NGOs focused on global development and international relief efforts. Kari joined ALLMEP from Mercy Corps where she served as Director of Policy and Advocacy, leading the agency’s humanitarian policy work in the Middle East.
Kari holds a bachelor of arts in political science from the University of Minnesota and a master in public affairs degree from the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She recently completed a certificate for leaders in the foreign policy community at MIT’s Center for International Studies. Kari lives with her husband and two children in Washington, D.C.
Doubi is a highly qualified and experienced professional in the fields of management, peace and reconciliation, education, and social change within a variety of civil society organizations. Between 2013 and 2016, Doubi was the Israeli Co-CEO of the Parents Circle – Families Forum (PCFF). He is the founder and editor of OnePlace, an online, Hebrew-language multidisciplinary resource center on the Arab citizens of Israel.
Doubi has served as the Arab Citizens of Israel Desk Director at ECF – Economic Cooperation Foundation, in charge of policy planning, project and strategic processes management, coalition building and track II activities. Prior to that, Doubi was the Senior Educational Director at Melitz, an informal leading organization, focused on values, identity, inter-societal relations and democratic education within the Israeli educational system
Doubi holds an MA in international relations from Hebrew University, Jerusalem and a BA in political science and sociology from Tel Aviv University. Doubi is a trained facilitator and holds a civic education teaching diploma. Born in Israel, Doubi lives with his family in Hod Hasharon.
Luisa joined ALLMEP as European Outreach Coordinator in September 2022. Prior to that, she interned with different NGOs and media outlets in Germany and abroad, and worked as a student assistant in the “Dynamics of Security” project, focusing on processes of securitization and desecuritization in international trusteeship administrations.
She is finishing her MA in Peace and Conflict Studies at Marburg University and holds a BA in Political Science and Law, with a specification in international law and French Law from the University of Muenster. Her research focuses mostly on socio-psychological dimensions of conflict as well as transitional justice and reconciliation.