Meet the Team
Meet Dr. Houda Abadi
OUR FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
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 Megan Leigh Smith
OUR SENIOR PROGRAM SPECIALIST
Megan Leigh Smith has eight years of experience in conflict resolution and international development, with particular expertise in the areas of building resilient communities, fostering the inclusion of marginalized groups, and preventing and countering violent extremism. She is passionate about contextualizing the psychosocial roots of violence within the human experience to contribute to more equitable, empathetic societies. As a Morocco-based consultant, Megan recently worked with a team to develop a crisis intervention guide to support youth in northern Morocco to cope with the
psychosocial effects of COVID-19. She is currently finalizing a forthcoming guide
to implementing Positive Youth Development (PYD) programming in conflict-affected contexts in the MENA region. Megan previously held several leadership positions with the international conflict transformation organization Search for Common Ground, and has lived and worked in North Africa for six years. She holds a BA in Foreign Affairs and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Virginia, and is currently pursuing an MSc. in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Mental Health from King’s College – London.
Meet Tasha Liberman
OUR ONLINE OPERATIONAL MANAGER
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 Victoria Friedlander
OUR SUMMER 2021 INTERN
Victoria Friedlander recently completed her MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies at King’s College London where she focused on religious persecution and Middle Eastern studies. Prior to joining Transformative Peace she held internships at two British think-tanks focusing on Middle East security as well as countering violent extremism. Victoria also holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she majored in both Peace, War, and Defense and Philosophy and minored in Islamic Studies.
JUNE - AUGUST 2021
Summer Internship Opportunity
Transformative Peace is seeking a professional, motivated, and creative intern who is passionate about the field of peacebuilding to join our growing team. The intern will work remotely to support our communication, programs, and research activities. The duties performed within this internship will contribute to high-level peace processes, conflict analysis and assessment, capacity building of diverse peacebuilders, and the design and execution of community conflict transformation programs. The intern will report to the Executive Director and will work 15-20 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months.
Transformative Peace is a mission based consultancy focused on conflict resolution, preventing violent extremism of all forms, and building inclusive peace processes. Our work is grounded in the belief that peace is a fundamental right, and that all members of society are entitled to a role in peacemaking efforts.
Monitoring armed conflicts and peace initiatives.
Researching and drafting content for monthly newsletter.
Conducting strategic desk research for policy briefs and events related to women, peace, and security; preventing violent extremism; and other peacebuilding topics.
Support the drafting of reports and policy briefs.
Support the coordination of event logistics.
Assist with social media content development, and help contribute to TP’s voice across social media channels
BA or MA (completed or in progress) in peace and conflict studies, international relations, international development, or a related field.
Interest and knowledge in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation.
Self-starter, able to work both independently and as part of a team, and willing to take on tasks small and large.
Strong attention to detail is essential.
Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
Ability to speak and write in Arabic or French is preferred.
Previous experience in research and/or communications (including content writing and website management) are an asset.
*Please note this is a remote and unpaid internship.
Eligible for college/university credit.
As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.