Prof. Nicholas Kittrie, Chairman of the Board of Experts

Dr. Kittrie is an international lawyer and distinguished academic. Currently University Professor at the American University, Washington College of Law. Has served as counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, and is an expert in American and international public and criminal law. Past president of the American Society of Criminology, former dean of the Washington College of Law, and chair of the United Nations Alliance of NGOs on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, he is the author and editor of over fifteen books and numerous articles. He frequently appears in mass media to deal with topics such as political offenders, terrorist activities, war crimes, drugs and alcohol, extradition, penology and criminal sentencing. Educated at the London School of Economics (U.K.), the University of Cairo (Egypt) and the Universities of Kansas, Chicago and Georgetown (USA), he is fluent in several languages. He has traveled extensively and has lectured at universities and congresses in Europe, Asia and Africa. He has served as legal consultant to several foreign governments and to the United States Vice-President's Commission on Terrorism. Among Kittrie's books (as author or editor) are Rebels With A Cause: The Minds and Morality of Political Offenders; The Tree of Liberty: A Documentary History of Rebellion and Political Crime in America; The War Against Authority: From the Crisis of Legitimacy to a New Social Order; The Right to Be Different: Deviance and Enforced Therapy; Crimes and Punishments: International Criminal Law and Procedure; The Future of Peace in the Twenty-First Century, and The Laws of War and the Laws of Peace; The Mentally Disabled and the Law.

EXPERTS (in alphabetical order):

Gleisson T. Araujo, MA

Gleisson Araujo. graduate of Heller School of International Development at the Brandeis University (Master of Arts in Sustainable International Development), specializes in criminal justice and international development as well as poverty alleviation with focus on South America and Africa. Currently collaborates with International Consortium for Law and Development in Boston, MA/ and Pernambuco, Brazil. He worked with the Brazilian Institute of Colonization and Agrarian Reform to evaluate the implementation of the Technical, Environmental and Social Assessment Program adopted to ensure good governance and sustainability in land reform settlements in the Brazilian Northeast. Collaborated on research and design of a proposal for a legislative program to provide access to affordable medications and adequate health care to people in all East Africa. Gleisson also conducted quantitative and qualitative research on agrarian reform policies in the region to assess the availability and quality of technical assistance to settlers in the region. He has traveled to fifteen settlements in the region to monitor disbursement and allocation of federal funding to beneficiaries of agrarian reform policies. He speaks fluently English and Portuguese and is proficient in Spanish.

David Barmettler, MPH

David Barmettler is a public health professional with professional experience and academic training in global health policy and programs. Graduate of George Washington University's School of Public Health and Health Services with a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree, he participated in multiple health projects in Latin America that have significantly shaped his approach to public health intervention design and implementation. Currently a Study Manager at Westat, an employee-owned research corporation, David works on the US Environmental Protection Agency study the National Children's Study. His professional experience working on USAID-funded contracts includes managing projects focused on health program monitoring and evaluation as well as health economics policy advising. His technical knowledge spans many health issues, but his recent projects have focused on water, sanitation and hygiene communication. He speaks fluently English and Spanish.

Maria Cseh, Ph.D.

Dr. Cseh is an Associate Professor of Human and Organizational Learning (HOL) at The George Washington University, coordinator of the HOL Doctoral Program, and Lecturer at the University of Pécs, Hungary. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Adult Education with a specialization on Global Human Resource Development. Her cross-cultural and international research studies on workplace learning, organizational development and change, and leadership were published in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters and presented at international conferences. She is a member of the Advisory Board for four international journals and serves on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Human Resource Development and on the Executive Board of the inter-disciplinary Women Leadership Institute at GWU. Dr. Cseh is an organization development and change consultant and evaluator working with profit and non-profit organizations and was an evaluator for four years of a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Education PT3 Grant involving a consultant/client model to enhance classroom integration of technology. Dr. Cseh consults on organization development and evaluation projects with profit and non-profit organizations and conducted several workshops on leadership, organizational development and change, global and multicultural issue in human and organizational learning, and adult learning for master’s and doctoral students, managers and executives with diverse professional expertise and backgrounds. She speaks fluently English and Hungarian.

Khaled Farhang, MBA

Khaled Farhang, international activist and businessman, graduated from MBA program at The George Mason University and Oxford University . Engaged in multiple international projects, including Schools Across Afghanistan, a charitable organization raising funds and building schools in this Asian country. He runs a successful information technology support company with focus towards providing enterprise level managed service for U.S. businesses. He speaks fluently English and Urdu.

MaryElla Keblusek , MA

She holds a Master of International Service degree from American University and a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and computer science from Vanderbilt University in Nashville Tennessee. Ms. Keblusek has extensive experience in both the nonprofit and corporate realms, holding positions such as Vice President/General Manager for Mercer Human Resources Consulting and Automatic Data Processing and Executive Director of Seattle-based NGO Giraffe Heroes Project. She was Nigeria Project Director of nonprofit Global Citizen Journey, leading a 19-person delegation from the US to live in Warri and the creeks for 3 weeks in 2005, and is Associate Producer of Sweet Crude, the first full-length documentary about the Niger Delta.

Esther Lopatin, Ph.D.

Dr. Lopatin is currently an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University (teaching European Union Politics and International Relations Theory) and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of International Migration (ISIM) at Georgetown University. Graduate of Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, she received her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Munich, where she examined the effect of EU integration on the development of European immigration and asylum policy. Prior to her graduation, she was a Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington D.C., examining the impact of the changed international security situation on transatlantic cooperation in the field of immigration. Esther was working for Immigration and Assimilation Committee of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament). She also organized a series of panel discussions with officials from both sides of the Atlantic, focusing on how to foster transatlantic dialog in the fields of migration and security in the post 9/11 security environment. She speaks fluently English, German, Hebrew, Arabic and working French.

Marķa-Amelia Viteri, Ph.D.

Dr. Marķa-Amelia Viteri is teaching at the Department of Anthropology at American University, Washington D.C. Her research concentrates on Diasporic Latinos living in the D.C. area and the conflations of race and sexuality, positionality and identity marked by a border crossing framework through a critical analysis of cultural and interpretative translation. Among her most recent published works are a chapter entitled 'Out of Place: Sexual, Racial and Nationalist Negotiations of Identity Amongst the ''Latino/a'' Immigrant Community in Washington, D.C.' for the recently released book 'Out of Place' by Raw Nerve Books, United Kingdom. She speaks from a situated space as a transnational herself, moving between the geo-political spaces of the U.S. and Ecuador as an invited professor at FLACSO/Ecuador (Latin American School for the Study of Social Sciences) and as AU's Ecuador Social Justice Trip leader addressing issues of identity, race and ethnicity among indigenous communities. She has recently incorporated visual media as an additional tool of cultural activism and participatory action research to build bridges between academe, activism and local community efforts in issues related with immigration, gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity both in the United States as well as in Ecuador. She speaks fluently Spanish and English.