Dhirendra K. Nalbo

As an indigenous national, Dhirendra was born and raised in Lingtep, Taplejung, far northeastern Nepal. After he finished schooling there, he moved to Kathmandu for further studies. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Tribhuwan University and Master’s degree from IACER (Pokhara University). While in Nepal, he worked as a Program Manager with an NGO that provided vocational training for conflict-affected youths and helped them integrate into society. Later, he received his second Masters with honors in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, UK. As a part of the team at IMTD, he is an associate for projects in Nepal and Tibet.

Aneesha Kumar

Aneesha Kumar was born in Bombay, India and came to the United States in 2004 to earn her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with concentrations in International Relations and Contemporary Politics from The College of Wooster in 2008. Recently, she completed her Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution at University of Denver and is a certified mediator and facilitator. As a part of the IMTD team, Aneesha is the Program Manager for projects regarding India-Pakistan-Kashmir relations and peacebuilding.

Michelle Lebaron, J.D.

Originally from Canada, where she practiced and taught in Vancouver. Michelle Lebaron is particularly sensitive to cross-cultural and diversity issues. She has returned to Vancouver and is on the faculty of the University of Vancouver. She is a widely published scholar.

Bill Lincoln

Mr. Lincoln an internationally recognized teacher, trainer, and negotiator. His impartial intervention activities include prison uprisings, Native American affairs, environmental issues, court diversion/restitution cases, desegregation of schools, community development projects, labor management issues, public policy disputes, and environmental scenarios. He is also the Co-Director of the Russian-American Program on Conflictology and the Sudan-American Program for Peace. We have worked together in Russia, Cuba, and Sudan.
Alexander Gritsinin is the Governance and Management Advisor to the Global Environmental Governance Project. He is an expert in management, corporate environmental sustainability, environmental governance and sustainable development. Mr. Gritsinin brings to IMTD over 15 years of international management and policy experience in high-profile organizations and research institutions, including Coca-Cola, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), UNESCO, The Nature Conservancy, Uzbekistan National Center for Research in Oncology, and Yale University.

Michaela Hertkorn, Ph.D.

Michaela Hertkorn is a professor at the New School University where she teaches international affairs. Michaela interned with IMTD in 1997. She is also an associate scholar with the Foundation for Post-Conflict Development in New York. Michaela holds a Ph.D. in political science from Free University Berlin. She has written widely about European affairs, transatlantic relations and the challenges following war. Michaela recently published a children’s book, ‘Little Cloud Upset’, which introduces young children to global social issues.

Richard Moon, MA

Mr. Moon joined IMTD at the first Lake Trails camp in 1999 where he showed the young participants how to use Aikido as a conflict resolution tool. Richard lives in San Rafael, California and coaches business leaders and corporations as a partner in the Performance Edge, an Aikido-based consulting firm.

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, Ph.D.

Dr. Abu-Nimer has been conducting negotiation and conflict resolution training workshops for diplomats, community leaders, journalists, academics, and other professionals internationally since 1980. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution department of the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC. He has been an integral part of IMTD’s work with Care Sri Lanka.

Jonathan W. Reitman Esq., J.D.

Mr. Reitman has been affiliated with IMTD since 1999. He is a lawyer and is a partner with Gosline, Reitman & Ainsworth, which is based in Brunswick, Maine and offers dispute resolution services to a wide variety of clientele. Jonathan also teaches at the local law school and is one of the three key consultants who work on IMTD’s Youth Leadership Adventure Program in Bosnia.

Stanford Siver, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Siver, IMTD’s former Executive Director is currently the Director of the Global Process Institute, an organization promoting process oriented awareness based interventions in conflict and dialogue. See

Peter Swanson, MA

Mr. Swanson has served as a mediator and facilitator in a wide variety of negotiated rulemaking, public policy, enforcement, grant administration, EEO, employment, and labor related disputes. He was a commissioner with the Federal Meditation and Conciliation Service and a consultant in conflict resolution for the Tibetan Government in Exile.

Carol Yamasaki, MA

Ms. Yamasaki is an expert in the martial art of Aikido, lives in San Rafael, California, and is the lead consultant since 1999 for the Youth Leadership Adventure Program. She has spent a great deal of time traveling within Bosnia and Herzegovina coaching the YLA participants in project design and implementation.

Asmat Zaidi

Architect Azmat Zaidi is a licensed architect from Pakistan. He is a longtime member of the Pakistan Council of Architects and Town Planners (PCATP). From 2005 to 2006, Mr. Zaidi was the Chairman of Institute of Architects, Pakistan, Rawalpindi/ Islamabad Chapter. He is now a vital link for our ongoing Kartarpur Corridor project at the Institute.

Mahmud Elshtewi

Dr. Elshtewi became the Dean of the Medical Sciences School at the Alacademia for Graduate Studies, Tripoli University in 2013. Dr. Elshtewi is hosting an IMTD office in his new NGO in Tripoli called the National Academy For Education Services. IMTD-Tripoli will initially be focused on Peer Mediation at the middle and high school levels.