Flavio Bollag, Executive Director

F Bollag picFlavio Bollag joined the Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding as the Advancement Director in May 2015. His roles at OBCP have including fundraising and communications and have given him the challenging and rewarding role of capturing and telling incredible stories of extraordinary people in our programs. Together with Ana Patel, he is the co-editor of Experiential Peacebuilding, and he has helped to develop and share experiential activities on the topics of Positive Peace with numerous partner organizations including Rotary International. 

Before joining OBCP, he spent nine years in the Office of University Advancement at Adelphi University in Long Island, New York. During that time, he served as Director of Development Programs and Planning, then Director of Leadership Annual Giving, and finally as Executive Director of Advancement Communications, overseeing all development and alumni communications, including corporate and foundation relations and donor stewardship.

Flavio studied English and history at Middlebury College, where he also spent many hours exploring the Green Mountains, and holds a Master’s degree in Comparative Literature from Rutgers University. An avid cyclist and triathlete, he is always seeking new races and challenges in the northeast. He and his wife and their two daughters live in Smithtown, New York.

Ana Patel, Senior Consultant and Facilitator

Ana has been training for this job for over 20 years – starting with her teenage experiences hiking with Outward Bound on her home territory in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia; and sailing and diving with the School for Field Studies on St. John’s in the Virgin Islands. After college, her service as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in a rural agricultural community in the Dominican Republic shaped her interest in international peace, human rights, and development, as well as her excellent merengue dancing skills. In her 20’s, Ana lived for four years in Venezuela and traveled extensively throughout the Andean region of South America working for the Andean Development Corporation.

In 1996, Ana returned to the United States to obtain her graduate degree in international affairs at Columbia University. After graduate school, she held a series of international policy focused jobs in New York and Washington – highlights included a 6-week tour of the former Yugoslavia countries with the United Nations Development Programme, writing a report on government conflict prevention efforts while 6-weeks pregnant. Prior to joining Outward Bound Peacebuilding, Ana advocated for human rights and justice issues at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ).

Ana is also an Adjunct Lecturer and Fellow at the Center for International Conflict Resolution at The School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her co-edited volume, Disarming the Past: Transitional Justice and Ex-combatants was published in January 2010 by ICTJ and the Social Science Research Council. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son and beloved mutt Pluto.

Global Facilitators

Outward Bound Peacebuilding programs are delivered by the experienced cadre of Outward Bound instructors around the globe. For more information and bios see the page dedicated to our amazing facilitators.