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

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

Dillon Clark is the Director of Finance and Operations at Beyond Conflict where he leads the development and oversees the implementation of operational systems, HR functions, financial controls, and GL accounting, and audit. He has held multiple executive-level leadership positions in semi-public organizations in Washington, D.C. and has been appointed by Mayor Muriel Bowser to serve as a Commissioner to the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group in Washington D.C., and County Executive Ike Leggett as a Commissioner to the Landlord Tennant Commission in Montgomery County MD. Dillon has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of a New York-based non-profit in consultation status with the United Nations and currently serves as the Treasurer of a Children’s Advocacy non-profit in Lawrence, and a member of the Board of Directors for a mental health treatment facility in Massachusetts. Dillon obtained his BA in World Politics from The Catholic University of America, M.S.S.W in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University and his MBA in Finance and Advance Corporate Strategy from the Smart.ly Institute. He is currently working on obtaining his Certification in Internal Audit (CIA).
DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

Dillon Clark , M.B.A

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

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

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

Lara Saavedra is the Innovation Lab’s Program Manager working closely with Bill Casebeer on programmatic and administrative oversight of the lab’s portfolio of projects. Lara holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Communications from Boston University. Prior to Beyond Conflict, Lara worked at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for International Development as a grants and finance manager for faculty research projects in Southeast Asia. Before Harvard, she worked for the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves as Assistant Director for Program Operations. At Facing History, Lara became very interested in issues of identity, and is fascinated with how geographic locations and experiences inform identity. Lara actively volunteers with Southwest Boston’s Community Development Corporation, Keep Hyde Park Beautiful, Love Hope Strength Foundation, and Massachusetts’ 54th Volunteer Regiment (a group of veterans who honor and represent the first African American troops to serve in the Union Army during the American Civil War).
INNOVATION LAB PROGRAM MANAGER

LARA SAAVEDRA

Ana Eira manages internal and external communications for Beyond Conflict. During her career, Ana has explored multiple facets of communications, from journalism to audiovisual production and public diplomacy, while working for multilateral organizations such as the Council of the European Union in Brussels. Prior to Beyond Conflict, she supported the re-election of Senator Elizabeth Warren as her Deputy Press Secretary. Ana holds degrees in Communications and Journalism from NOVA University and Universidad San Pablo Ceu of Madrid.
COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

ANA C. EIRA , M.A

For most of her career, Karen worked in entrenched violent conflict and post-conflict reconstruction contexts, specifically in Israel/OPT, Cambodia, Nepal, US, Ireland/Northern Ireland and South Sudan. Through her role as a civilian peacekeeper at the UN peacekeeping missions in Nepal and South Sudan, she partnered with local governments to create socially-inclusive policies and structures, and led teams to implement early warning detection systems. In Nepal and Cambodia, she conducted research and developed projects focused on addressing the needs of socially-excluded and vulnerable groups in the population. She has also led the largest mediation provider in the US and served as the Political Advisor on the Middle East Peace Process and Human Rights for the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Karen is a Rotary World Peace Scholar and the runner-up winner of the FCO's Sir Nick Brewn Policy Excellence Award in 2015.
DECODING DEHUMANIZATION PROGRAM LEAD

Karen Bernstein

Boaz Hameiri 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. His research focuses on intergroup processes, intergroup conflicts, developing psychological interventions that aim to promote better intergroup relations and conflict resolution, and testing these interventions in the lab and in the field on a large scale. In his Ph.D. dissertation, Boaz developed a new line of psychological interventions based on the “paradoxical thinking” approach and tested it in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In addition, he is interested in studying victimhood as an interpersonal and intergroup phenomenon, and its effects on processes of conflict resolution and reconciliation. Boaz recently submitted his Ph.D. dissertation in social psychology at Tel Aviv University, where he also received his M.A. in social psychology in 2013 and his B.A. in psychology and communication in 2009.
POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Boaz Hameiri , PhD

Marika Landau-Wells is a Beyond Conflict Postdoctoral Innovation Lab 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

Michael Rizzo is a Beyond Conflict Postdoctoral Innovation Fellow based in Dr. Marjorie Rhodes’ Conceptual Development and Social Cognition Lab at New York University. Michael received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Quantitative Methodology from the University of Maryland and is broadly interested in children’s social and moral development. Michael’s current research examines the individual and environmental factors implicated in the development of racial biases during childhood, and the role of children’s understanding of others’ perspectives in their developing moral judgments and behavior. He also received his B.S. in Psychology from the University of California, San Diego.
POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Michael T. Rizzo , 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

Evan DeFilippis is a Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab Doctoral Fellow working on his PhD in Organizational Behavior, a joint program with Harvard Psychology and Harvard Business School. He works with Professor Joshua Greene doing research on novel forms of cooperation designed to reduce political animosity. More generally, his research focuses on understanding the psychological underpinnings of belief and attitude change - particularly in political contexts - and in understanding the conditions that maximize the likelihood of conflict resolution. Before attending Harvard, Evan DeFilippis graduated from Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School with a Master's in Public Affairs, focusing on quantitative and computational methods. He received undergraduate degees from the University of Oklahoma in Economics, Psychology, and Political Science, where he was the class valedictorian, a Harry S. Truman Scholar, and David L. Boren Scholar.
INNOVATION LAB DOCTORAL FELLOW

Evan DeFilippis

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

Sarah Ryan is a Research Assistant for Beyond Conflict Innovation Lab. Sarah previously worked as a research assistant for implicit bias and game theory altruism psychology labs at Harvard University. She is interested in the social and psychological effects of chronic stress and discrimination. She is also interested in how implicit bias is reflected in policy, particularly in the realms of education and incarceration. Sarah holds a degree in Psychology from Harvard College.
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Sarah M. Ryan

Alison is the Office Manager & Executive Assistant at Beyond Conflict, where she brings the set of diverse skills needed to help an organization run smoothly and effectively. She previously worked as the Program and Communications Coordinator at Clean Production Action, an environmental health nonprofit, where she worked closely with program staff and senior leadership in developing content, promoting programs, scheduling and facilitating meetings across programs, working with extended networks, managing websites and databases, and elevating the prominence of the organization's work. Professionally and personally, she has become increasingly interested in how diverse groups of people can work together toward the same goal. Alison graduated magna cum laude from Suffolk University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies.
OFFICE MANAGER

Alison Poor

TIMOTHY PHILLIPS

FOUNDER & CEO

PATRICIA COLLINS , M.B.A

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

WILLIAM CASEBEER , PhD

DIRECTOR , BEYOND CONFLICT INNOVATION LAB

Dillon Clark , M.B.A

DIRECTOR OF FINANCE AND OPERATIONS

EMILE BRUNEAU , PhD

LEAD SCIENTIST

MICHAEL NICONCHUK

SENIOR RESEARCHER

LEE-OR ANKORI-KARLINSKY

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

LARA SAAVEDRA

INNOVATION LAB PROGRAM MANAGER

ANA C. EIRA , M.A

COMMUNICATIONS LEAD

Karen Bernstein

DECODING DEHUMANIZATION PROGRAM LEAD

Boaz Hameiri , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Marika Landau-Wells , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Michael T. Rizzo , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

SAMANTHA MOORE-BERG , PhD

POSTDOCTORAL INNOVATION LAB FELLOW

Evan DeFilippis

INNOVATION LAB DOCTORAL FELLOW

Basma Jaber

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Sarah M. Ryan

RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Alison Poor

OFFICE MANAGER