Staff

Tim Phillips is the founder and CEO of Beyond Conflict. Using the unique approach of shared experience, Tim has helped catalyze the peace and reconciliation processes in several nations, including Northern Ireland, El Salvador, and South Africa. He has advised the United Nations, the U.S Department of State, and the Council of Europe and has been a frequent speaker in national and international forums, including the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S Congress. He also helped launch and serves on the Advisory Committee of the Club of Madrid, a forum for over 90 former democratic heads of state and government. Full Bio
FOUNDER & CEO

TIMOTHY PHILLIPS

Marika Landau-Wells is a Postdoctoral Innovation Fellow based at MIT’s Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences in Prof. Rebecca Saxe’s lab. She holds a PhD in Political Science from MIT and is broadly interested in the ways in which cognition affects political behavior. Her current research focuses on the psychological processes associated with threat perception and her postdoctoral research project focuses on applying neuroscience methods to better understand the preferences people have for dealing with perceived threats. She holds an AB in Government from Harvard University and an MSc in Global Politics from the London School of Economics.
POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Marika Landau-Wells , PhD

Samantha Moore-Berg is a Beyond Conflict Postdoctoral Innovation Lab Fellow based in the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, under the direction of Beyond Conflict's Lead Scientist, Dr. Emile Bruneau. Her research bridges the areas of social psychology, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience to study links between behavior and social-cognitive processes that evolve in intergroup contexts. Her main research interests include 1) designing and implementing prejudice and discrimination reduction interventions, 2) investigating how prejudiced attitudes give way to discriminatory behaviors, and 3) isolating cognitive functions that contribute to or predict prejudiced attitudes and subsequent behaviors. Samantha received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology at Temple University in 2018 and her B.A. in Psychology and Sociology at Florida State University in 2013.
POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

SAMANTHA MOORE-BERG , PhD

Basma Jaber is a Research Assistant in the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, with a particular focus on Migrants and Refugees Initiative. Basma has extensive experience with NGOs and INGOs in Lebanon and has spent the last four years working with neuroscience labs in the Boston area. She is very interested in the topics of identity and self and how they operate as networks in the brain. Basma holds degrees in Neuroscience and Political Science from Wellesley College.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Basma Jaber

Patricia Collins is Executive Director of Beyond Conflict, and brings extensive leadership and management experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors integrating strategic planning, resource development and marketing, with particular expertise in social justice and global health. She was most recently an AVP at Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Development Office, working in an entrepreneurial role at a Harvard-affiliated academic medical center to launch and fund transformational health initiatives in the U.S. and beyond. Prior to BWH, she served as Chief Development Officer at Clinton Health Access Initiative, and VP of Resource Development at Pathfinder International, and served as a key member of Executive Leadership, and as head of all philanthropic and corporate partnerships, external relations and communications, and Board relations.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

PATRICIA COLLINS , M.B.A

Bill Casebeer is the Director of the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab where he leads teams to develop novel science and technology to aid in conflict prevention and resolution. Most recently, Bill served as Senior Research Area Manager in human systems and autonomy for Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Technology Laboratories. In that role, he led science and technology development to improve human performance, human-machine teaming, and training. His research interests include the intersections of cognitive science and national security policy, neuroethics, political violence, philosophy of mind, and human performance. Bill is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and former DARPA program manager.
DIRECTOR , BEYOND CONFLICT INNOVATION LAB

WILLIAM CASEBEER , PhD

Emile Bruneau is the Lead Scientist at the Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab, and Director of the Peace and Conflict Neuroscience Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. His research is informed by his experience in conflict regions (e.g., South Africa, Sri Lanka, Ireland, Israel/Palestine), and focuses on better understanding the processes driving intergroup conflict (e.g., empathy, dehumanization, collective blame), and critically evaluating interventions aimed at reducing these processes. Emile was the recipient of the 2015 Young Investigator Award in Peace Psychology from the American Psychological Association.
LEAD SCIENTIST

EMILE BRUNEAU , PhD

Lee-Or Ankori-Karlinsky has served Beyond Conflict since 2012, and is the Senior Program Officer. He assists in the development and implementation of project programs, with a particular emphasis on the Neuroscience and Social Conflict Initiative. Prior to joining Beyond Conflict, he worked for other non-profits in the Boston area in research and administrative capacities. He graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with Bachelor of Arts in Government.
SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

LEE-OR ANKORI-KARLINSKY

Mike Niconchuk is an Innovation Lab Senior Researcher who spent five years in the Middle East designing neuroscience-informed programs for violence reduction and psychosocial support. At Beyond Conflict, Mike leads several initiatives in the U.S., Germany, Jordan, and Lebanon, focusing on two major themes: the link between neuroscience and participation in group violence (e.g., gangs, extremist groups, etc.), and the mind-body effects of conflict and violence on youth and adults. Mike has degrees from Tufts University and University College London.
SENIOR RESEARCHER

MICHAEL NICONCHUK

TIMOTHY PHILLIPS

FOUNDER & CEO

Marika Landau-Wells , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

SAMANTHA MOORE-BERG , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Basma Jaber

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

PATRICIA COLLINS , M.B.A

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

WILLIAM CASEBEER , PhD

DIRECTOR , BEYOND CONFLICT INNOVATION LAB

EMILE BRUNEAU , PhD

LEAD SCIENTIST

LEE-OR ANKORI-KARLINSKY

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

MICHAEL NICONCHUK

SENIOR RESEARCHER