Conflict Resolution, Reconciliation, and the Intersection of Experience and Brain and Behavioral Science
Tim Phillips | Founder and CEO
Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict. Using the unique approach of shared experience, Tim helped catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. In recent years, Tim has led Beyond Conflict’s work with scientists and community leaders to apply lessons from brain and behavioral science to address a range of challenges, such as toxic polarization, racial justice and inclusion, conflict resolution and reconciliation.
Expertise: Peace and reconciliation, conflict resolution, the role of leadership, and political polarization in the U.S.
Preventing Identity-based Violence
Karen Bernstein | Program Director
As Program Director for Beyond Conflict’s work on Preventing Identity-based Violence, Karen Bernstein leads the strategy and execution of initiatives focused on peacebuilding in the U.S. and abroad. For most of her career, she has worked in entrenched violent conflict and post-conflict reconstruction contexts, specifically in Israel and occupied Palestinian territory, Cambodia, Nepal, Ireland/Northern Ireland, and South Sudan. Karen has 20 years of working in conflict zones including as a UN civilian peacekeeper and as the Middle East Peace Process Advisor to the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
Expertise: Evidenced-based peace-building, conflict mediation in entrenched conflicts, and programming focused on vulnerable communities.