Negotiating the Path of Abraham: The Flip Side of the Middle East

Event Date: Saturday October 10, 2015
Time: 1:30-5:00 PM
Location: Milstein East B, Wasserstein Hall, Harvard Law School

The Abraham Path Initiative
and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School are pleased to present:

Negotiating the Path of Abraham:
The Flip Side of the Middle East



William Ury

Co-author of “Getting to Yes” and co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation


Dave Cornthwaite, Leon McCarron, Hannah Messerli,
James Sebenius, and José Filipe Torres

Saturday October 10
1:30-5 PM
Milstein East B, Wasserstein Hall
Harvard Law School Campus

Free and open to the public, though please RSVP to Jenna Hornsby at,
or +1 603 703 5069.


About the event:

This event will bring a number of voices together to talk about the Abraham Path and the Middle East, as well as issues of negotiation, branding, and physical experience versus indirect experience. Speakers will give presentations on a variety of topics within these themes, and each session will be followed by a short facilitated discussion.


About the Abraham Path:

The Abraham Path is a long-distance walking trail that spans across the Middle East, tracing the journey of Abraham. The Abraham Path Initiative is a non-profit, non-denominational, and non-political organization that aims to be a catalyst for socioeconomic development, collaboration, story-telling, and sustainable tourism in the Middle East. By inviting people from across the globe to walk together in the cradle of civilization, the Initiative hopes to encourage cross-cultural dialogue through the sharing of knowledge, cultures, and traditions.


About the speakers:

Dave Cornthwaite is an adventurer, author and motivational speaker. Since quitting his life as a couch potato in 2005 Dave got busy, so far completing 11 non-motorised journeys each over 1000 miles, the next one being a 1000+ miles journey on the Abraham Path. He has written 3 books, entertained audiences on 6 continents, broken 9 world records, made hundreds of short films, completed countless quirky projects and is the founder of potential-fulfilling brand SayYesMore.

Leon McCarron is a Northern Irish adventurer, filmmaker, writer and motivational speaker. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and specializes in long distance, human-powered expeditions. In 2012 Leon crossed 1000 miles of the Empty Quarter desert, roughly following the route of explorer Wilfred Thesiger. Leon’s next big journey is a 1000+ miles on the Abraham Path.

Hannah Messerli is a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in Tourism in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank.  She is dedicated to utilizing tourism as an economic development tool for emerging economies. Dr. Messerli supports government initiatives to develop private sector capacity in tourism across the 47 countries of Sub Saharan Africa. With more than 15 years of experience in the public and private sectors focusing on tourism planning and development, she has worked in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

James Sebenius holds the Gordon Donaldson Professorship of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, where he took the lead in the School’s decision to make negotiation a required course in the MBA Program. Jim currently serves as Vice Chair and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Program on Negotiation.

José Filipe Torres has directed Bloom Consulting since 2003, a firm specialized in destination branding. Today, he is recognized as one of the world’s top experts in Nation Branding. With his colleague Gonzalo Vilar he has researched the brand potential of the Abraham Path.

William Ury is an author, walker and mediator. He is the founder of the Abraham Path Initiative and co-founder of the Harvard Negotiation Project. William is the co-author of the global bestseller Getting to Yes and author of The Power of a Positive No. Over the last 35 years, he has mediated between quarreling corporate divisions, battling unions and management, and warring ethnic groups around the world.


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