Our Team: Board, Associates & Partners
Board of Directors
Jeff Seul, Chair. Jeff Seul, Chairman of the Peace Appeal Foundation, is a partner in the law firm Holland & Knight, where his practice is focused on domestic and international business matters. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Jeff Seul was vice president, general counsel and secretary of Groove Networks (acquired by Microsoft in 2005).
Mr. Seul taught at Harvard Law School for several years before joining Groove Networks. He has published extensively in the fields of negotiation and conflict resolution and has served as an arbitrator, mediator or advisor in a broad variety of disputes. Mr. Seul was a senior associate of the Program on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs while at Harvard.
At the request of the co-facilitators of Nepal's peace process, Mr. Seul led a team of lawyers and law professors in the production of an 80-page report that surveyed international law and scholarly opinion regarding the various approaches states have used to enforce the rights of victims of human rights abuses and war crimes and stabilize peace at the end of a civil war.
Jayne Seminare Docherty, Vice Chair. Jayne Seminare Docherty is a professor of conflict studies at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University. She has also taught at George Mason University and Columbia College (South Carolina). Professor Docherty earned her Ph.D. at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University and she holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies and political science from Brown University. She also studied theology at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Professor Docherty consults with organizations and communities in transition, working with them to harness the positive energy of conflict and minimize its negative effects. Her current area of focus for research, writing and practice is improving the use of negotiation in unstable situations so that the results yield durable but flexible systems for creating long-term and sustainable peace with justice. She has also conducted research – especially action research projects – for nonprofit organizations; consulted on designing, monitoring and evaluating projects and programs; worked with universities on curriculum development; and conducted trainings on conflict analysis, negotiation, and program design.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for the Peace Appeal Foundation, Professor Docherty has served as Chair of the Research Section (2004-2007) of the Association for Conflict Resolution, and on the Council for the International Peace Research Association.
Professor Docherty is the author of two books:
• Learning Lessons from Waco: When the Parties Bring Their Gods to the Negotiation Table (Syracuse University Press)
• The Little Book of Strategic Negotiation: Negotiating During Turbulent Times (Good Books)
She also contributed four chapters to The Negotiator’s Fieldbook: The Desk Reference for the Experienced Negotiator (American Bar Association) and she is the author of numerous articles in journals such as Terrorism and Political Violence, Nova Religio, and the Marquette Law Review. Her work on culture and negotiation has been incorporated into three different textbooks used in law schools around the country.
Chris Crockett, Treasurer. Chris Crockett is in the international advisory business. He is active in the sustainable housing market, working on a large initiative in Saudi Arabia with Groups from the US and South Korea. Mr. Crockett is also an advisor to a large South Korean company- AJU Global- where he is involved with various initiatives in the hospitality and energy segments. Previously, Mr. Crockett was in the private equity business as a founding partner of Bridge East Capital. He commenced his career with Citibank in Saudi Arabia. Mr. Crockett is a graduate of the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Ipswich, Massachusetts.
Shirley Moulder. Shirley Moulder is a trustee of the Southern Africa Trust. She serves as a non-executive director of a number of social development organizations in Southern Africa, having been involved in human rights, peacebuilding and development work for more than 30 years.
Based in South Africa, Moulder’s professional experience includes engagement with governments, the private sector and international aid agencies, as well as serving on a number of commissions for the Anglican Church in Southern Africa and the global Anglican Communion. She is also non-executive Director of the Amalinda Social Housing Company (SOHCO), a Section 21 non-profit distributing company committed to the development and management of social housing in the Eastern Cape, Cape Town and Durban Metropolitan areas of South Africa.
Derek Brown, Executive Director. Derek Brown is Executive Director of the Peace Appeal Foundation. Derek joined the Peace Appeal in 2005 to help build the institutional platform and network that has enabled the institution to help stakeholders in three conflicts launch innovative processes and structures to support comprehensive, multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder peace initiative. A strong internationalist with a deep commitment to social justice, he has nurtured many social and public innovations across the world by enabling innovators and changemakers in diverse societies. Prior to joining the Peace Appeal Foundation, Derek was Vice President and Associate Chair of Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a global institution investing in leading social entrepreneurs in over 50 countries. Derek holds an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and a BA in History from Yale College.
Hannes Siebert, Sr. Technical Advisor. As an international peace process and negotiations adviser and facilitator, Hannes has worked in many of the world’s most conflict-ridden societies. He is currently facilitating and advising on aspects of the peace and negotiations processes in Lebanon and Nepal, working with national stakeholders in the development and implementation of national peace structures, authentic negotiations processes and local/regional conflict interventions.
In South Africa he served as director in the National Peace Secretariat, the multi-party body mandated to implement its 1992 National Peace Accord. Post-1994 he assisted the Special Presidential Task Force in key in-tractable conflicts, focusing on de-militarization of youth militia.
With 5 Nobel Peace Laureates, he initiated the establishment of an international foundation in 2000 in support of their “Appeal for Peace and Non-Violence”; In 2001, as an associate and fellow at the Center for War, Peace and the News Media at NYU, he coordinated the West-Dar al Islam Media Dialogues program – facilitating dialogue between major media institutions in the U.S. and Middle East; and in 2003 he developed Peace Tools, a comprehensive set of innovative tools for conflict transformation and negotiations processes.
The Very Reverend Michael Weeder. The Very Reverend Michael Weeder is an Anglican priest with over 25 years of service in ordained ministry and the current Dean of St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa. The Very Reverend has served several parishes in the Anglican Diocese of Cape Town, and some of his extra-parochial duties include participation in the Diocesan Post-Ordination Training Program and service as Director of the Board of Social Responsibility where he coordinated a social justice program of the Diocese of Cape Town as part of the staff of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
He was the Director of Project Vote, a product of the Anglican Board of Social Responsibility, which developed and coordinated a national voter education program for the 1994 elections. Internationally, The Very Reverend studied the role of religion and revolution in Lebanon and Nicaragua, acted as an election observer to Romania and Pakistan, conducted workshops on democracy in Swaziland, Mozambique, Malawi and Ethiopia, and took part in a Peace and Solidarity tour in North Carolina and Chicago as a guest of the American Friends Service Committee. He is a founding member of the December First Movement, a socio-cultural deliberation on the impact of slavery on consciousness and practice, co-produced a documentary on slavery called Lydia Williams: A Fervent Simplicity, and acted as an organizer, coordinator, and chaplain to the African National Congress. Michael was nominated to the board of the Peace Appeal Foundation by one of our Nobel Laureate mandating members, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.
Martin Wählisch. Martin Wählisch is primarily affiliated with the Peace Appeal Foundation through his work with the Common Space Initiative and his association with the Berghof/UNDP Lebanon National Dialogue Support Project. He has had assignments with the UN in New York and Beirut, with the German Federal Foreign Office, the European Commission and with an NGO for Russian refugees and human rights where he was based in Moscow and the Caucasus. His areas of experience include human rights and legal issues in international conflict resolution; UN peace mediation and strategic planning; and the analysis of peace processes. As a specialized lawyer in European and public international law, he is also working as senior researcher at the Center for Peace Mediation and the Institute for Conflict Management, European University Viadrina, and the Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance.
Charlotte Kaeppel. Charlotte received her M.A. in International Human Rights Law from the School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the American University in Cairo, and her Mag. Phil in Political Science from the Institute of Political Science at the University of Vienna. She has worked extensively at the intersection of human rights and public international law in both the Middle East and Mexico, with a variety of non-governmental and multi-lateral institutions. Presently she works on Practice to Theory and the peaceanddialogue.org initiative focusing on national dialogue processes and peace structures - a joined initiative and platform of the Peace Appeal Foundation, Common Space Initiative, the United Nations Development Program's Bureau for Conflict Prevention and Recovery and the Berghof Foundation.
Andre Howson. Andre devotes his talents at the intersection of peace research and information technology, working to make the latter a valuable tool in the hands of stakeholders in all the processes which the Peace Appeal supports. Since first working as a researcher for Sri Lanka’s One Text Initiative, Andre has helped compile, analyze and disseminate vast amounts of data and knowledge resources pertaining to specific conflicts and substantive areas of peacebuilding and conflict transformation. He received his B. Sc. Degree from RPA College Bangalore and has continued his studies with the University of London.
Taylor Starns. Taylor graduated with a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina (the only Quaker-founded school in the Southeastern United States). Her research and work experience have taken her from the US/Mexico border to Papua New Guinea, where she lived and worked with members of the Cachet community. A trained mediator, Taylor is extensively involved in social justice and activism, particularly pertaining to border issues and gendered violence, and is a trained dancer in her spare time.
Mayura Iyer. Mayura is a third year student at the University of Virginia, majoring in Public Policy with minors in Politics and Women & Gender Studies. Though born and raised in the United States, Mayura has travelled to India frequently throughout her lifetime, giving her a passion for applying a non-Western lens to understanding development issues. As a member of the International Relations Organziation at UVA, she chairs various crisis committees for Model UN Conferences regarding historical international conflicts such as the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 and the Nigerian-Biafran Civil War. She is also a Research Assistant at the Frank Batten School of Public Policy, analyzing data relating to refugees in Nepal's Beldangi Camps. Mayura is excited to apply her experiences and passion for development issues to the Peace Appeal's work in finding sustainable solutions to conflict resolution.
Julie Kern. Julie Kern is a Second Year student at the University of Virginia, studying International Relations and Arabic. In 2013 she received a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State which funded a trip to Ibri, Oman focused on learning Arabic. During her time abroad she gained first-hand appreciation for breaking down cultural barriers. Her internship with the Peace Appeal foundation has allowed her to explore how peace processes have served the international community in times of conflict and will help her pursue personal and professional goals in the fields of diplomacy and international security. While her studies focus on the international level, Julie also aspires to make a difference in her community. She is involved iwth numerous programs including teaching English to young students in the International Rescue Committee program, developing a Leadership Workshop in the city of Charlottesville and organizing a TED talk conference for the University of Virginia.
Meaghan Patrick. Meaghan Patrick is a Fourth Year student at the University of Virginia, double-majoring in Foreign Affairs and Spanish. Her experience varies from working with a microfinance firm to volunteering with the International Center for the Promotion of Feminine Leadership while studying abroad in Senegal. She also is an alumnus of the University of Virginia's Semester at Sea program. Meaghan busily manages her work with the Peace Appeal Foundation in conjunction with the high workload of a Fourth Year, an internship at UVA's International Studies Office and continued work with Zidisha Microfinance on its Kenya project.
Candace Brooks Widmer
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