Fidaa Abuassi | Research Assistant

Fidaa Abuassi's research interests lie in peace studies with experience documenting the stories of genocide survivors. Previously, she interned at the Consulate General of Venezuela in Chicago and taught students Arabic and English in various institutions. Ms. Abuassi holds a Master of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis where she was a Fulbright Scholar on the FLTA program.

Hamaradha Hassan | Senior Consultant, Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Hamaradha Hassan is a highly experienced civil engineer who has led civil projects in conflict and post-conflict settings for governmental, nongovernmental, and private sector entities. He brings sound judgment and strategy to reconstruction projects and has worked for many development entities, including the United States Agency for International Development-Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and Oxfam UK. 

Dr. Julio C. de Carvalho is an accomplished educator, linguist, and scholar with many publications to his credit. His research focus is in the area of immigration, migration, and acculturation, and identity. In addition, he has led strategy and implemented projects that support the advancement of higher education in multiple countries. A native of the Cape Verde Islands,  Dr. Carvalho has worked for the U.S. Peace Corps, US Agency for International Development, and is an Education Fellow at the West Africa Institute.

Harriet Lewis, PhD  | Founder/Principal Consultant 

Dr. Lewis began her journey in international development as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Guinea-Bissau and has since held leadership roles in the nonprofit/NGO sector for more than 20 years with organizations that serve individuals, businesses, and communities in urban, suburban, rural, and international arenas. As a social researcher and international development consultant, Dr. Lewis brings significant breadth and depth to projects that address complex economic and social issues. An advocate for marginalized populations, particularly women and minorities, throughout her career she has worked with entities and projects that served refugees and immigrants, survivors of gender-based violence, small businesses, exporters, economic development and tourism entities, and high-risk urban youth. Dr. Lewis has been recognized for her efforts to promote global peace and interfaith harmony, and support to survivors of domestic violence by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts House of Representatives. An avid reader and writer, her current research interests include migration, transitional development, and peace and security.

Lynda Holiday Lawrence  | Senior Consultant, Multi-Faith Initiatives

Min. Lynda Holiday Lawrence has over 30 years of experience working in the legal sector and advocating for human rights and social justice for marginalized people globally.  She has led and participated in efforts involving the reintegration of refugees and human trafficking in the United States and Africa.  An active member of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, Min. Holiday Lawrence has led multi-faith engagements and has penned commentary for the church’s Justice Watch Blog.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Religious Studies – Global Perspectives from the Chicago Theological Seminary.

Julio C. de Carvalho, EdD  | Senior Consultant, Educational Initiatives

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