Elizabeth Anglin Knox
Founding Managing Director, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding
Beth Anglin Knox is the founding Managing Director of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding and served in that role until September 2009. Beth joined Outward Bound as a field instructor in 1995. She has served the organization in multiple capacities since that time, including as Director of Operations and Safety and Director of Marketing in North Carolina, and as a Development Associate in New York City. She served as the Development Officer for Outward Bound International/Global Leaders Program, and most recently, was the National Director, Development for Outward Bound, Inc.
Beth has been actively engaged with the international Outward Bound network, including participation in Outward Bound World Conferences in Australia, Malaysia and South Africa, and visits to developing Outward Bound programs around the world. In addition to her work with Outward Bound, she served as General Manager of Yamnuska Inc. in Canada, where she co-proposed and co-managed adventure training contracts for the British and Canadian militaries. In addition to her volunteerism, Beth develops integrative marketing strategy and creative design with Hagan Associates. Beth has an undergraduate degree from Guilford College, and holds a masters degree in Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Frances C. Ashley
Frances Ashley has been an advocate for youth development and experiential education for over 20 years as a volunteer. Included among the national organizations with which she has been involved are Outward Bound USA (Chairman of the Board 2001 – 2005), Expeditionary Learning Schools, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of American. Currently she serves as a trustee/director of Outward Bound Global (UK), Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (Vice Chair), The Nature Conservancy (CT Chapter), American Friends of The Royal Foundation (Secretary), New England Science and Sailing Foundation, and the United Theatre of Westerly (RI).
Ms. Ashley’s career included sales and management positions in the hospitality and convention industry both overseas, with the Hyatt Corporation and Radio City Music Hall Productions.
A devoted traveler and adventurer, Ms. Ashley was born in Uruguay and grew up in South America, the Philippines, France, and New York.
Bea Calo is the former Director of Grantmaking at The Christensen Fund, a San Francisco- based international foundation supporting local and Indigenous stewards of biocultural diversity – the intersect of culture and ecology. She has oversight for Christensen’s regional programs in the African Rift Valley, Central Asia, Melanesia, Northwest Mexico, the US Southwest and the Bay Area, as well as a Global program which connects local communities to global processes around the thematic areas of Indigenous Rights and Representation, Resilient Biocultural Landscapes, and Agrobiodiversity and Food Sovereignty. She was Christensen’s Director of Operations and COO for seven years, responsible for internationalizing operations and initiating branding and communications strategies. Prior to joining the philanthropic sector, Bea worked mainly with pioneering start-up and high growth companies including as Director of International Business Strategy at E*TRADE Financial and various positions at the Charles Schwab Corporation.
Bea attended the Developing Peace Leadership in the Wilderness course offered at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute (SPI) as a joint effort with Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) and Outward Bound Baltimore. The course was part of a brief but impactful sabbatical in 2013 which also included a volunteer trip to the West Bank with Christian Peacemaker Teams.
Born in The Philippines, Bea grew up in southern Mindanao, upstate New York, Hawaii and Tanzania. She holds a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a Master’s of International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the University of California, Davis.
Author and Illustrator
Liz Cunningham is the author of numerous articles and the highly-praised, Talking Politics: Choosing the President in the Television Age (Praeger), which features in-depth interviews with top television journalists such as Tom Brokaw, Larry King and Robin MacNeil. She has worked with institutions such as the Academy for Educational Development, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, the Tides Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution to further the cause of citizen education for young people. Ms. Cunningham received her B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic. She is currently researching a book on ocean conservation and sustainable development. She attended her first Outward Bound course in North Carolina in 1977, due to the rather persistent prodding of her grandfather’s brother, Kurt Hahn, the founder of Outward Bound. Less than a year later she attended a Hurricane Island Outward Bound course; both were life-transforming experiences. For over a decade she has been actively engaged with the four groups of Hahn-inspired schools as co-founder, with her husband Charles Costello, of KurtHahn.org, the online archive of Kurt Hahn’s writings.
Clayton H. Fowler is a founding partner of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners. Mr. Fowler has over 30 years experience in the acquisition, development, construction and management of commercial office and residential projects in Connecticut, New York, Oregon and Missouri. He has ownership interest in over 3.25 million square feet of commercial office, industrial and multi-family properties located in Fairfield County, CT. His residential experience includes the completion of over 5,500 housing units nationwide.
In the Minnesota winter of 1970, Clay went on his first Outward Bound course as a student. After graduating from Princeton University in 1972, Clay spent the next ten years as a Senior Outward Bound Sea Instructor and Course Director in Maine. Mr. Fowler is currently a leading advocate of affordable housing and has served on affordable housing committees, boards and study groups throughout Connecticut. He has been the Chairman of the Planning Board for the Town of Pound Ridge, New York for the past 20 years. He currently serves on the Boards of the Housing Development Fund of Lower Fairfield County, the Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, and the Maritime Aquarium. Mr. Fowler is a Founding Board Member of the Fairfield/Westchester Real Estate Finance Association and is a Member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Fowler is a National Board Member for Outward Bound USA and an International Board Member for the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding. He also serves on the Outward Bound Executive Committee, in addition to being Chairman of its Safety Committee. Mr. Fowler lives in Pound Ridge, New York with his wife and four children.
Tom is the Program Director for the Informed Participation Program at the Democracy Fund. Tom has a background in media research and policy, as well as social media advocacy consulting. He led the Media Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute where he sought to track and influence media efforts at the local, community, and national levels. Tom also brings more than 14 years of international experience in information technology implementation and organizational change to the Democracy Fund. Tom received his bachelor of engineering and economics from the University of Birmingham, England. He also holds a master’s of international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University as well as an master’s of philosophy from Columbia University where he is pursuing a PhD in communications at the Graduate School of Journalism.
Mr. Hassenfelt is the Chairman and CEO of Granville Capital, Inc. and has over 25 years of experience in the investment management business. He was the Chairman and CEO of NCT Opportunities, Inc., a subsidiary of U.S. Trust Corporation specializing in hedge fund advisory services, and has been the portfolio manager of Granville Multi-Strategy Partners since its inception in 1995. During his career, he has served in senior executive positions with N.C. Trust Company (which he co-founded in 1984) and its successor U.S. Trust Company of North Carolina as well as U.S. Trust Corporation. From October 2000 to June 2003, Mr. Hassenfelt founded and managed the Excelsior Hedge Fund of Funds I, L.L.C., a registered investment company, for U.S. Trust. Mr. Hassenfelt graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1972 with a BS in Business and from Wake Forest University Law School in 1976 with a JD (cum laude). He is a Certified Public Accountant and Chartered Life Underwriter.
Janina Hrebickova is the Head of OSCE Mission in Montenegro. Previously, she was Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Kosovo and the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic Mission to the United Nations, 2004 to August 2007. In 2003, she was the Czech Republic Foreign Affairs Ambassador-at-Large to Iraq, leading and coordinating the work of 22 Czech experts in reconstruction, nation and capacity-building projects throughout the country. Prior to her work in the diplomatic service of the Czech Republic, her international work encompassed four peacekeeping missions of the United Nations in roles including spokesperson, producer, media trainer, and chief of unit. She served as a political analyst and in a number of professional capacities for organizations such as the International Organization on Migration and the International Research Exchange Board.
Ms. Hrebickova’s early career was as a journalist for Czech and international news organizations, and as a television news anchor and host, specializing on foreign affairs and policy. She is a founding member of the International Women Media Foundation, and is a member of the International Journalistic Federation. She holds a Master’s degree from Charles University in Prague, and PhD in Comparative Linguistics and Literature.
Chien Lee is based in Hong Kong and devotes all of his time to not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Lee served for 10 years as Vice Chairman of Outward Bound International and 10 years as Chairman of Outward Bound Hong Kong.
Educated in Hong Kong, Switzerland and the United States, Mr. Lee received his B.S., M.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Stanford University, where he has served on its Board of Trustees, its Alumni Association, and the Advisory Board of the Graduate School of Business, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Engineering. Currently he is on the Board of Stanford HealthCare, its medical center. Mr. Lee is also a Trustee of Phillips Academy, Andover, his alma mater and a member of the Councils of The Chinese University of Hong Kong and St. Paul’s Co-educational College (Hong Kong) where he is its Supervisor.
Mr. Lee is non-executive director of Hysan Development Company Limited and Swire Pacific Limited which are listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.
Youssef Mahmoud is Senior Adviser at the International Peace Institute (IPI) supporting the Africa, Middle East, and peace operations programs and serves as focal point on mediation policies and practices. Before retiring from the United Nations in January 2011, He was the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and Head of the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT). From 2007 to 2009 he served as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Burundi (BINUB).
Prior to these assignments, he held several other senior positions, notably as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Guyana, Director in the UN Department of Political Affairs, and Head of the Office of the Undersecretary-Secretary-General for Political Affairs. Before joining the United Nations in 1981, Mr. Mahmoud was Assistant Professor at the University of Tunis. He currently teaches graduate courses at Columbia University and New York University on peacebuilding and post conflict policies in fragile settings.
Mr Mahmoud has focused his attention over the past two years on the post-authoritarian transitions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Yemen and helped launch a regional forum for the exchange of knowledge, experiences and lessons learned among civil society leaders working in those countries. As focal point for mediation, he has provided strategic and substantive support to the Moroccan-Spanish initiative on Mediation in the Mediterranean region, launched at IPI in 2012.
Mr Mahmoud has a Master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Tunis and a PhD in Socio-Linguistics from Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
Julia Pershan is active in the nonprofit sector. She is President of the Arete Foundation which supports endeavors in the fields of education, health and the arts. She serves on the Board of Directors of the The Brearley School, an independent girls school in New York City, as well as numerous environmental organizations. Julia was a long-time trustee of the Children’s Museum of the Arts, a hands-on arts space newly re-opened in lower Manhattan. Julia was the also co-Founder, Chairman and President of the Tribeca Organization, a not-for-profit organization begun after September 11th and dedicated to small business and community development downtown.
Julia has an extensive history in community service. After college, she co-founded Freedom Summer, a non-profit organization dedicated to young voter registration and participation. Julia was appointed by President Clinton to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, DC and spent three years focusing on civil rights issues.
Julia graduated with a degree in History from Yale College and received her MBA degree from the Wharton School of Business. She lives in Manhattan with her husband Jonathan Cohen and their daughters Ella, Phoebe and Hannah.
Pamela Kling Takiff
Pamela began her career as a human rights lawyer in 1987 at Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, currently Human Rights First (HRF). Focused on human rights violations committed by armed civilian groups, Pamela co-authored Vigilantes in the Philippines: A Threat to Democratic Rule.
After raising two sons and working as a decorative artist, Pamela returned to HRF as an Advisor to the Fighting Discrimination Program in 2009. At HRF, she engaged in advocacy to defeat UN resolutions supporting a global blasphemy code. Through this work, Pamela came to recognize the value of storytelling to influence the beliefs of others and specifically, to draw attention to human rights abuses.
She is currently a consultant and serves on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Council of Vital Voices Global Partnership. Pamela is a graduate of Kenyon College and Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.
Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar works at the intersection of law, public policy, and political science. A member of the Stanford Law School faculty since 2001, he has served in the Obama and Clinton Administrations, testified before lawmakers, and has an extensive record of involvement in public service. His research and teaching focus on administrative law, executive power, and how organizations implement regulatory responsibilities involving public health and safety, migration, and international security in a changing world. He is the Co-Director of Stanford’s university-wide Center for International Security and Cooperation. From early 2009 through the summer of 2010, he served as Special Assistant to the President for Justice and Regulatory Policy at the White House. Among other issues, Cuéllar worked on stricter food safety standards, federal sentencing and law enforcement reform, civil rights policy, enhancing regulatory transparency, and strengthening border coordination and immigrant integration. Before working on the White House Domestic Policy Council staff, he co-chaired the Obama-Biden Transition’s Immigration Policy Working Group. During the second term of the Clinton Administration, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary for Enforcement. In July 2010, the President appointed him to the Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an independent agency charged with improving the efficiency and fairness of federal regulatory programs. He also serves on the Department of Education’s National Commission on Educational Equity and Excellence, and the Department of State’s Advisory Sub-Committee on Economic Sanctions. In addition, he is a board member of the Constitution Project, a non-profit think tank that builds bipartisan consensus on constitutional and legal issues.
After graduating from Calexico High School in California’s Imperial Valley, he received an A.B. magna cum laude from Harvard, a J.D. from Yale Law School, and a Ph.D. in political science from Stanford. He clerked for Chief Judge Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and is a member of the American Law Institute and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mark Gerzon is one of the key architects of the field of global leadership and an experienced facilitator in high-conflict zones. He has advised a wide variety of organizations including the US Congress, multinational corporations, and UNDP. The author of numerous books, including Leading Through Conflict and Global Citizens, he is currently serving as UN advisor on leadership in conflict-torn countries in Africa and Asia.
As President of Mediators Foundation, which he founded over twenty years ago, Mark is working closely with several projects that also advance the field of global citizenship. He founded the Conflict Transformation Collaborative, a network of peace-builders from around the world. He is currently designing an interactive, awareness-raising workshop ‘The Global Citizen Journey’ based on his most recent book. For four decades, Gerzon has been involved in global affairs — first as a student (his junior year at Harvard was spent living and studying in seven countries around the world); then as a journalist (he co-founded WorldPaper, a “global newspaper” which reached a circulation of 1.5 million in five languages); next as a citizen diplomat (he worked for several years bringing together Soviet and American civic leaders to help end the cold war); and now as a UN advisor in leadership development.
His articles and commentaries have appeared recently in newspapers ranging from the Washington Post to the International Herald Tribune.
After a 16-year career with the World Bank Peter Kyle recently retired from his position as Lead Counsel but continues as an International Legal Consultant with the Bank and is based in Washington, DC. He hails from New Zealand and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). After qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1972, he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand, Peter was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines until 1985. In 1992, he accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank and moved with his wife and two children to Washington, D.C.
Peter completed his first Outward Bound course at Anakiwa, New Zealand, in February 1966. He formed and became an active leader in the OBNZ Alumni Association and was elected to the Council of OBNZ in 1970. He served on all major Council and Board committees and chaired many of them. At the time of his move to Washington, DC he was the Senior Vice President of OBNZ. He also became actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound and in 1988 was instrumental in drafting the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the Outward Bound International Advisory Board – the predecessor of Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and became Vice President of the organization the following year. In 1997 he was appointed as the inaugural Chairman of OBI, a position he held until 2002 when he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.
Director of Education and Safety, Outward Bound California
Raised in the southwestern part of the United States in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Nettie has a strong connection to wide open landscapes, mountains and the desert. As a small child, she forged a deep relationship to the land and drawing metaphors and lessons from being in a classroom without walls.
Nettie brings over 15 years of experience as a facilitator, mediator, instructor, guide, trainer and coach. She has worked in adventure based experiential education programs for Outward Bound, Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding, the United World College and Adventure Associates using action learning to develop leadership skills while improving individual, team and organizational performance. Nettie is also certified somatic leadership coach.
In addition to the field of experiential education, Nettie has worked in the field of conflict resolution for over 7 years. She worked for SEEDS Community Resolution Center in the San Francisco Bay area where she instructed, trained and coached communication, conflict resolution, mediation, and cultural competency courses. Nettie continues to serve at SEEDS as a volunteer trainer and a Board Member.
Nettie has an MA in Applied Behavioral Science from Bastyr University/Leadership Institute of Seattle where she focused on leadership and organizational development.
Eight years ago she made her way to the Pacific Ocean to live in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband. She maintains her strong connection to NM and the land around her through her outdoor pursuits of sea kayaking, climbing, trail running, mountaineering, skiing and whitewater kayaking. Nettie has traveled and worked throughout the US (Alaska too), Mexico, Turkey, the Middle East, South America, New Zealand, Africa, Europe and SE Asia.
Michael Schwamm is a partner in the corporate department of the New York office of Duane Morris LLP, a national law firm with offices in 20 cities in the United States as well as London, Singapore, Hanoi and Ho Chi Min City.
Mr. Schwamm practices in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and technology law. Mr. Schwamm has represented companies of all sizes, including startups and venture-backed companies, privately held family businesses and both large and small public companies in all aspects of their business affairs, as well as providing services to angel investors, venture capitalist private equity funds and other institutional investors. In addition to providing general corporate counseling to a diverse number of clients, Mr. Schwamm has worked on a wide variety of transactions, including public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, reverse mergers into public shells, joint ventures and licensing arrangements involving a number of industries such as biotechnology, e-commerce, entertainment, manufacturing, sports and telecommunications.
He is a former vice president and general counsel of FiberCity Networks, Inc., a telecommunications service provider. In 2006, 2009 and 2010 he was selected as a Super Lawyer in Securities and Corporate Finance in New York and has been a partner at Duane Morris since 2003. Mr. Schwamm is a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Schwamm has provided corporate advice and counseling to Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding on a pro bono basis, assisting in its incorporation, successful application for tax exempt status and corporate governance matters.
William Ury is co-founder of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School, where he directs the Global Negotiation Initiative. He is co-author of the international bestselling Getting to YES and author of The Power of a Positive No.
Over the last twenty-five years, Mr. Ury has mediated between quarrelling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups around the world. He has also served as a negotiation consultant to governments and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He is co-founder of the e-Parliament (www.e-parl.net), a problem-solving forum and ideas bank for effective legislation, connecting members of congress and parliament around the world.
Mr. Ury’s most recent project is the Abraham Path Initiative (www.abrahampath.org) which seeks to create a permanent path of tourism and pilgrimage in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham, the unifying figure of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Trained as an anthropologist, Mr. Ury holds a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard.
Director of Learning and Adventure, Outward Bound Trust
William Ripley has been a senior manager with The Outward Bound Trust in the UK for 19 years. During that time he has held a number of roles and is currently Director Learning and Adventure and is responsible for delivering courses across the country. In addition William has represents the UK on the Outward Bound International Operations Committee and is a member of Outward Bound Centre for Peace Building risk management committee.
William graduated from the University of Wales in Zoology and subsequently gained his MBA from Manchester University.
William is active in the outdoors, holds a Mountain Instructor Award, and can on occasions be seen paddling and sailing.
Based from the Outward Bound Trust head office in the Lake District, England, William can be contacted at: williamripley@outwardbound,org.uk
Lewis Glenn’s 35-year career in the adventure education industry began as an instructor for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and culminated with 19 years of service as the Vice President – Safety for Outward Bound USA. He now serves on Outward Bound USA’s Board of Advisors. Lewis currently works as a Managing Partner of Adventure Analytics, a safety and risk management consulting firm.
Lewis has instructed and managed programs in mountains and deserts, on rivers, lakes and oceans, and in urban environments, with an array of populations ranging from troubled youth to corporate executives. As Vice President, he was responsible for safety oversight of all Outward Bound USA programs, which, at its peak, included over 34,000 participants a year on programs ranging in length from one day to three months, both domestic and foreign.
Prior to entering the field of adventure education, Lewis served as a Peace Corps Volunteer and trainer of Peace Corps Volunteers in the Marshall Islands. Subsequently, he was the on-site director of the U.S. Department of Interior’s rehabilitation program on atomic- and hydrogen-bomb-torn Bikini Atoll, in the northern Marshall Island
As VP – Safety, Lewis was one or two primary liaisons with Outward Bound’s insurers and insurance broker. He also worked closely with legal counsel. Lewis led or oversaw over a dozen investigations into serious incidents and led approximately 100 routine safety reviews of operating programs of Outward Bound USA as well as of foreign Outward Bound programs. He led expeditions for Outward Bound Board Members to remote locales, including Bhutan, Nepal, Kenya, Tanzania, Patagonia and Machu Picchu in Peru.
Lewis served on Outward Bound USA’s Risk Management Committee, where he continues as an active member. In this capacity he works with other committee members to secure insurance, manage claims, and provide oversight of risks to the organization. Additionally, Lewis serves on the Risk Management Committee of the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding. He served on the industry group Wilderness Risk Management Committee (WRMC) from its inception in 1992 until 2009, providing support and guidance to the annual Wilderness Risk Management Conference, where he has often presented.
In addition to holding a bachelors degree in Philosophy, Lewis has completed a Case Study Method seminar at the Harvard School of Business, group management training with Interaction Associates, and wilderness medical trainings with Wilderness Medical Associates. He is certified by the American Red Cross as a Life Guard and Water Safety Instructor, and by the American Canoe Association as a Whitewater Canoe Instructor. He was a co-editor of the book “Leadership the Outward Bound Way.”
Joshua Schiller MD
Attending Physician & Clerkship Director, Dept. of Emergency Medicine, Maimonides Medical Center
Joshua is currently an Attending Physician and Clerkship Director for the Department of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY; in addition, he has been appointed the Director of International Programming starting this next academic year, 2012-2013. Dr. Schiller joined OBCP last year as a member of the risk management team. He has worked in the past with the International Organization of Migration and the United Nations Development Programme.
He holds a BA in Business Economics from Brown University, Providence RI, a Master of International Affairs with a Certificate of Expertise in Middle East studies from Columbia University, NY NY, and an MD from the Mount School of Medicine, NY NY. He trained in Emergency Medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital, Stony Brook NY. Joshua grew up camping and fishing, and spends as much time as he can getting out to the beaches and forests around the NYC area.