Meet the Team

Meet Dr. Houda Abadi


Dr. Abadi has more than 15 years of extensive experience designing and implementing peacebuilding programs in MENA region. She has successfully led international capacity building workshops; has developed programs to foster women’s inclusion in peacebuilding processes; has facilitated collaboration between policymakers and grassroots leaders across political and religious divides; and has empowered community leaders to be positive agents of change.

Additionally, Dr. Abadi also has also designed and implemented
monitoring and evaluation mechanisms, managed multi-million-dollar


budgets, overseen robust teams of national and international staff, and has provided high-level policy analysis and recommendations.


Prior to establishing Transformative Peace, Dr. Abadi served as the associate director of the Conflict Resolution Program at the  Carter Center  from 2014-2019. While working on the Syrian and the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts, she designed and directed a locally tailored grassroots project that works with community and faith-based leaders from North Africa, Europe, and the United States to develop practical applications to prevent and address all forms of violent extremism.


Dr. Abadi also served as program director in two conflict transformation organizations that worked with Jewish and Muslim youth through experiential and political education. She also worked on curriculum development, civic engagement, youth empowerment, and conflict transformation - as well as serving as an international gender research consultant.


She has received numerous awards and honors, including the Luther College Young Alumni Award, Georgia State University Transcultural Conflict and Violence Presidential Fellowship, the Atlanta Institute for Diplomatic leadership 2018 Peacebuilder Award, and the 2019 ISB Women of Influence Award. She currently serves as a council member in the RESOLVE’s Research Advisory Board.


Dr. Abadi holds a Ph.D. in Political Communication and Media Studies from Georgia State University, a graduate certificate from Duke-UNC in Middle East Studies, and an MA in International Relations and Diplomacy, with a concentration in Middle East Studies and Conflict Resolution from Seton Hall University.


Dr. Abadi has published numerous scholarly articles, and has taught at Georgia State University and University of North Carolina. She speaks English, French, Arabic, and Spanish, and divides her time between Morocco and the United States.

Meet Jasper Vaughn


Jasper Vaughn is an experienced researcher with a particular focus on religion, peace, conflict, and the MENA region. Prior to joining Transformative Peace, he held a variety of research, writing, and programmatic roles, including supporting the Stimson Center's Protection of Civilians in Conflict Program; conducting research on health and education in fragile contexts; serving in refugee resettlement; and providing technical assistance to peacebuilding programs. He is in his final semester of earning an MA in Global Affairs from Yale University's Jackson Institute, and holds a BA in Religion with a minor in Arab Studies from Davidson College.


Meet Tasha Liberman


With over 8 years in the startup industry, Tasha has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs, business owners, individuals, and creatives turn their ideas/dreams into realities! Managing operational systems, designing websites and graphics and so much more - Tasha loves expanding her workload in all different industries - "I can't do it" isn't a phrase in her vocabulary. Tasha holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and International Business and holds many certifications with the design industry. In 2018, she launched her own business in web development and graphic design. 



Meet Austin Langdon


Austin is a recent graduate of George Mason University. He graduated with a MA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution with a concentration in Extremism and Conflict Transformation. Prior to his MA, he completed his undergraduate studies at Miami University with a double major in Political Science and Journalism. 


Meet Emily Kenward


Emily graduated with honors from Tulane University in May 2020 with a B.S. in Environmental Biology and a B.A. in Political Science: International Relations. In August 2021, she graduated summa cum laude from Tel Aviv University with an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Mediation, as well as received a mediation certificate from the Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution under the auspices of UNITAR. Emily is interested in feminist foreign policy and the ways in which increasing women’s leadership and amplifying historically excluded perspectives leads to more equitable, transformative, and holistic peace and policymaking.