Announcing the 2016 PON Summer Fellows

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PON offers fellowship grants to students at Harvard University, MIT, Tufts University and other Boston-area schools who are doing internships or undertaking summer research projects in negotiation and dispute resolution in partnership with public, non-profit or academic organizations. The Summer Fellowship Program’s emphasis is on advancing the links between scholarship and practice in negotiation and dispute resolution by supporting students interested in exploring career paths, either professional or academic, in this field. Through this program, PON hopes to prepare students to assume leadership positions in the field of negotiation and dispute resolution, to forge new links between our academic community and worldwide organizations involved in the practice of negotiation and dispute resolution, and to encourage students to reach for opportunities that would otherwise not be available to them due to financial constraints.
 
We are excited to announce our three 2016 PON Summer Fellows:
 

Sonia Kikeri
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

Sonia is a graduate student at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management, pursuing both a Masters in Conflict Resolution and an MBA in Nonprofit Management. This summer, Sonia is working with a Filipino nonprofit that uses cultural regeneration as a form of peacebuilding through active engagement and dialogue with communities in Mindanao. In this conflict zone, any overtly political activity is repressed, including official across-group mediations. By reviewing the organization’s development, role in society, and current operations, Sonia is exploring how this nonprofit acts as an unofficial grassroots mediator and mediation space. Prior to attending the Heller School, Sonia studied CVE initiatives and faith-based nonprofits working in Gaziantep, Turkey in response to the Syrian Crisis. She is from Atlanta, GA and holds a BSFS from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Myriam Marcuello-Lopez
Heller School for Social Policy and Management
Brandeis University

Myriam is a Master’s Student in Conflict Resolution and Near Eastern and Judaic Studies. Her professional and academic focus is on contemporary Islamism, armed non-state actors, conflict transformation, and peacebuilding and the arts. Because of her strong interest in the Syrian crisis, this summer Myriam has decided to undertake a 3-month practicum with the Lebanese NGO Peace Labs. She will work in North Lebanon engaging with communities to mitigate conflicts, some of them related to the influx of Syrian refugees. She will support projects aiming at the strengthening of local capacities for peace, mainly through existing Local Conflict Conciliation Committees. Myriam holds a Master’s degree in International Humanitarian Aid from the Faculty of Law of Aix-Marseille III in France and a diploma from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble. She previously worked as a humanitarian worker in the field of Child Protection and protection of civilians in situations of armed conflict. She speaks French, English, Spanish and Arabic.

Hiroko Yamamoto
Harvard Law School

Hiroko is a first-year student at Harvard Law School. Her academic and professional interest lies in the promotion of an effective international dispute resolution system for corporations and ordinary individuals, grounded in her experience residing in six countries and regions, prior internship in international litigation practice, and first law degree in civil law. This summer, she will serve as marshall at the Asia Pacific Regional Office of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (HCCH). HCCH is an inter-governmental organization working towards the progressive unification of the rules of private international law (conflict of laws). It does this primarily by promulgating conventions and other instruments relating to cross-border legal cooperation, the well-being of the child, and international commercial law.
 

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