OB Peacebuilding at 2017 Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference!

Executive Director Ana Patel will present and moderate a panel at this year’s Alliance for Peacebuilding Conference!

Outward Bound Peacebuilding uses the Outward Bound approach of experiential learning in the outdoors to challenge and inspire leaders in divided societies to build peace. We work with partners around the world to design programs that embrace traditional Outward Bound values and approaches to learning by doing, with a special emphasis on compassionate leadership, cooperative learning, and creative action. We call this Experiential Peacebuilding.

We are really excited to bring together examples of organizations doing this work from Pakistan, Jordan, and Baltimore – from the Outward bound community, Mercy Corps and Youth Impact.

Please join us for an interesting and interactive session – and please invite friends! There is no cost for attending this session.*




How do we learn peace? Experiential peacebuilding brings together experiential education approaches to peacebuilding theory, skills and practice. This interactive session will demonstrate the concept of experiential peacebuilding through exercises and activities that get people out of their chairs and interacting with each other. Mercy Crops, Outward Bound, and Youth Impact will discuss how this approach is used in Jordan, Baltimore, Pakistan and Israel/Palestine. Participants will take away innovative new ideas for engaging groups, contributing to resilience and working with communities.

• Abdul Samad Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Impact, Pakistan
• Ginger Mihalik, Executive Director, Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay
• Monther Altiti, Adventure Officer, Mercy Corps Jordan
• Ana Cutter Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (Moderator)
Panel Bios

1. Mr. Abdul Samad Khan, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Impact, Pakistan (speaker)
Samad is the founder and CEO of Youth Impact. A cancer survivor, Khan has dedicated his second life to help young people discover and maximize their potential. Samad also founded ‘Markhor’, Pakistan’s 1st wilderness based youth leadership conference held annually that aims to develop young peace leaders in Pakistan. He has conducted youth leadership trainings in the mountains, oceans, deserts and snows of US, UK, Malaysia, Australia and Pakistan. Currently, he is heading Youth Impact Pakistan – a not for profit organization that aims to initiate and sustain a positive social change through youth leadership development. Youth Impact has trained more than 20,000 youth in last 4 years and has won ‘Best Social Start Up’ Award in StartUps Expo 2015.

Founded in May 2013, Youth Impact is Pakistan’s first wilderness based leadership development organization for the youth. With an aim to enhance leadership development for Pakistan’s youth, all of Youth Impact’s programs are focused on creating effective global citizen through intercultural awareness and experiential exposure to cross-cutting issues, as well as countering violent extremism. The organization works with youth between the ages of 13 to 24 across all (formal and non-formal) education streams in addition to engaging youth in juvenile detention centers and youth who are informally employed.

2. Mr. Monther Altiti, Adventure Officer, Mercy Corps Jordan (speaker)
Monther Altiti is an adventurer and is currently working as an Adventure officer with Mercy Corps in Jordan. He is one of the lead adventure trainers supporting programming across the youth portfolio. Monthir began his journey into human development with Mercy Corps in 2013 where he played a foundational role in developing the agency’s first outdoor program. The program is unique to Jordan and the region – with its focus on combining neuroscience and experiential outdoor education as a means for young people to build psychosocial and emotional well-being and positive futures, while connecting them to the earth.

Monther was born and currently lives in Jordan, he comes from rich outdoor background. Monther has volunteered with the Jordan Trail association – building a network of trails across the country. He has worked as a freelance guide and worked for a variety of different outdoor adventure companies across the country. Monthir has had significant technical training from canyoneering courses in Romania to training from the Spanish federation of mountaineering. He completed his wilderness first aid training at the SOLO school and has started, since his time with Mercy Corps, to expand his knowledge base to learn more about how neuroscience intersects with outdoor education. His favorite hikes in Jordan are the from Dana to Petra, and Wadi Hidan to Dead Sea. His passion lives with the outdoors – “because it reminds me of who am I, and inspires me to become the best version of myself through learning patience and modesty from a world that existed long before the human race.”

3. Ms. Ana Cutter Patel, Executive Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (speaker and moderator)
As Executive Director, Ana leads the organization’s work to use the Outward Bound approach of active learning in the outdoors to challenge and inspire leaders to build peace together. This approach is called experiential peacebuilding, which connects experiential learning or “learning by doing,” with peacebuilding theory and practice. Over 1,000 individuals have participated in Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s programs, trainings and workshops across the globe.

Ana Cutter Patel brings over 25 years of experience in international peacebuilding, development and human rights to her current position. Her background spans from building a gravity water system as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in a rural agricultural community in the Dominican Republic; to teaching international conflict issues at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University; to training governments and civil society organizations in West Africa on issues related to human rights and the demobilization of ex-combatants. Her co-edited volume, Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-combatants was published in January 2010. Ana graduated from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon and received a Master’s of International Affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Ana is a Rotary International Peace Fellow and was recognized as the September 2016 Visionary of the Month by the Hearts on Fire Foundation. Recently, in April 2017, Ana was named a Global Peace Index Ambassador by the Institute of Economics and Peace.

4. Ms. Ginger Mihalik, Executive Director, Outward Bound Baltimore Chesapeake Bay
Like the leader of any thriving non-profit, Ginger moves a mile a minute. She has been the Executive Director of Outward Bound Baltimore since 2010. Her first experience with OB was as a student on a one-day, high ropes program. After being hired, Ginger went on a week-long dog sledding course in Boundary Waters of Minnesota. Ginger was born and raised in Florida where she developed a life-long love of the outdoors by horseback riding with her sister and fishing with her dad.


*Please note that this session is free to attend, but the rest of the conference and other panels have a cost. Click here for pricing details.