BOARD OF DIRECTORS
HUDA ABUARQUOB is the first on-the-ground regional director of the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), a network of more than 100 civil society organizations working in conflict transformation, development, and coexistence in the Middle East among Palestinians, Israelis, Arabs, and Jews. She has years of experience in conflict transformation, NGO leadership, and social change education and activism, as well as a life-long commitment to building strong people-to-people relations across conflicts. She has long been an active leader in grassroots Palestinian and Israeli initiatives focused on Feminist Inclusive Political Activism (FIPA) and track two diplomacy. She is a well-known speaker on issues related to Middle East politics and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, narratives of competing victimhood and narratives of liberation. In January 2019, she participated in designing, teaching and evaluating an interfaith study tour on women in the three Abrahamic religions called Hakima.
After studying conflict transformation and peace studies as a Fulbright scholar, she worked as an executive director, a program director, and an NGO consultant to several organizations in the U.S., and Palestine. She has taught and trained hundreds of students in Israel, Palestine and the U.S. She has long been an active leader in grassroots Palestinian and Israeli initiatives focused on Feminist Inclusive Political Activism (FIPA) and track two diplomacy. Previously, Huda worked as a teacher, trainer, and consultant for the Palestinian Ministry of Education for fifteen years. She earned her M.A. in conflict transformation and peace studies from Eastern Mennonite University and her B.A. in education for social change from Al-Quds Open University in Jerusalem. Huda is the oldest of twelve children, the daughter of respected Palestinian educators, and an aunt to twenty-eight nieces and nephews. Born in Jerusalem, she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Middle East, lived for eight years in the U.S., and now resides in Dura - Hebron. Huda was honored in December 2017 with the first-ever Laudato Si' Prize, awarded at the Vatican in honor of her lifelong commitment to peace and peacebuilding.
ANTONINA W. BOUIS has translated many contemporary Russian writers including Volkov, Dovlatov, Yevtushenko, the Strugatsky brothers, and Radzinsky. As executive director of George Soros's foundations in the USSR, she traveled extensively to represent him, often with the writers whose work she translated, as well as with her writer/photographer husband and their son. Her 80 translations for major publishers range from memoirs (Sakharov, Bonner, Plisetskaya), economic history (Yavlinsky, Gaidar), and art (Malevich, Kabakov) to fiction (Voznesensky, Rybakov, Bulgakov, Aksyonov). She is on the board of Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, the advisory board of the Hermitage Museum Foundation, and a member of The Council on Foreign Relations and PEN’s Translation Committee. Fluent in Russian and French, she holds a master's degree from Columbia University and is a graduate of Barnard College.
LIZBETH HASSE, lawyer, negotiator and mediator, (J.D. and M.A., University of California, Berkeley) with an international practice in intellectual property, entertainment and commercial law and negotiations. She has assisted in resolution of high-profile disputes involving Enron, Sun Microsystems, Adelphia, MasterCard, SONY, Intel, Apple, major motion pictures including the largest selling video game series, a multi-platinum rock group, disputes between indigenous populations and oil and mining companies among others. She is also a certificated mediator from the United Nations Training Program in Civilian Personnel of Peace-keeping, Mediation and Election Monitoring at the International Faculty of Scola St’Ana, Pisa, and has used her skills in international mediation in such places as St. Petersburg, Russia, Kyrgyzstan’s Fergana Valley, and Quito, Ecuador. Ms. Hasse has helped draft legislation in Intellectual Property, Media and Civil Law in Eastern European, African, Asian and Central Asian countries. Her advisory work has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Soros, Rockefeller Fund, Washington Research Institute and others. Ms. Hasse also consults as a Rule of Law Specialist and surveyed countries in Central Asia and the Caucasus for USAID to assess a decade of institution building programs in those regions.
Hasse served as legal counsel for joint venture projects based in Russia, Ukraine and Senegal. Much of her legal representation is for media and technology clients in the software, motion picture, publishing, digital media and telecommunications industries, as well as for artists, writers and creative individuals with unique problems. She enjoys the new problems presented in copyright law, and writes in these areas. Ms. Hasse was a 1986 Fulbright Fellowship recipient (France). She taught as a Visiting Faculty member at the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Paris V, Udayana University in Indonesia and the American University of Armenia. Along with serving on the board of Track Two she serves on the Boards of Heart To Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance, the Presidio College of Management and is on the Founding Board of the Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California.
J. MITCHELL JOHNSON is CEO of Abamedia, a new media production company specializing in history & cultural subjects. Johnson’s first film was an hour PBS special on the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. A complete list of Johnson’s productions is at: Abamedia.com. Johnson’s film, World Without Waves, won Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagra Award and premiered at Moscow’s International Film Festival. Abamedia’s Cold War multimedia series, Red Files, won the International Documentary Association’s “Best Limited Series” award, and features on PBS the Media Educational Resource. He is a Masters graduate of the USC film school and is the immediate past President of the Lone Star Film Festival.
Currently in production: a feature length documentary film, “Remaining Human: Cyberdreams and Illusions”; "The Norbert Wiener Media Project”, a series of films; “Saving North” — a feature-length documentary about ancient Russian wooden architecture and churches; and “Coming Round”, a documentary featuring the Kashia Band of Pomo Indian tribe’s struggle for the return of their lost California homeland, and their oddly symbiotic relationship with Russia — past and present.
JOHN A. (MAC) MCQUOWN is an entrepreneur who co-founded KMV, a leading credit analytic firm and served as its Chairman until it was acquired by Moody’s in 2002. Prior to KMV he co-founded and served as CEO of Diversified Corporate Loans, LLC. McQuown co-founded in 1981 and remains a Director of Dimensional Fund Advisors, the first and leading small-cap “passively managed” equity fund, with global proprietary distribution. He also co-founded Chalone Wine Group, Loan Performance (formerly Mortgage Information Corp) and Stone Edge Farm Estate Vineyards and Winery. More recently, he co-founded and is a director of eBond Advisors.
Before turning entrepreneur, he was Director of Management Sciences at Wells Fargo Bank where he had overall responsibility for creating the world’s first equity index funds, and where he first became immersed in the measurement of corporate credit risk. He co-founded and was first Chairman of Wells Fargo Investment Advisors (now owned by Black Rock). McQuown received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University, and his MBA in Finance from Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Advisory Councils to the Dean of the Booths School of Business at the University of Chicago and to the Dean of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California San Diego as well as on the board of TRACK TWO.
CAROL MISKEL, Secretary
Miskel began working with The Russian-American Center, now Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, in 1997. She has helped coordinate conferences involving the former Republics of the USSR, and working with Esalen’s Center for Theory and Research helps coordinate projects co-sponsored with Track Two. Since 2007, the beginning of Track Two’s work with the International Abrahamic Network and the Abrahamic Family Reunion, she has taken a leadership role in outreach and development of projects in the United States and abroad. Previous to her work with Track Two she was in the entertainment retail business, as well as entertainment marketing, promotion and publishing.
JOSEPH MONTVILLE is director of the Program on Healing Historical Memory, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University. He is also director of the Abrahamic Family Reunion, the Esalen Institute project to promote Muslim-Christian-Jewish reconciliation. And he also chaired the board of Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy. He was also Senior Adviser on Interfaith Relations at Washington National Cathedral, and was a Distinguished Diplomat in Residence at American University. Montville founded the preventive diplomacy program at Washington, DC’s Center for Strategic and International Studies in 1994 and directed it until 2003. Before that he spent 23 years as a diplomat with posts in the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked in the State Department’s Bureaus of Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs and Intelligence and Research, where he was chief of the Near East Division and director of the Office of Global Issues. Montville has held non-resident faculty appointments at the Harvard and University of Virginia Medical Schools. He defined the concept of “Track Two,” nonofficial diplomacy. Educated at Lehigh, Harvard, and Columbia Universities, Montville is the editor of Conflict and Peacemaking in Multiethnic Societies (Lexington Books, 1990) and editor (with Vamik Volkan and Demetrios Julius) of The Psychodynamics of International Relationships (Lexington Books, 1990 [vol. I], 1991 [vol. II]). His most recent book is History as Prelude: Muslims and Jews in the Medieval Mediterranean, (Lexington Books, 2011). In 2008, the International Society of Political Psychology gave Montville its Nevitt Sanford Award for “distinguished professional contribution to political psychology,” at its 31st annual scientific meeting in Paris.
DULCE MURPHY, President & Chair
Dulce Murphy is a social enterprise leader and expert in Russian-American relations. Murphy began working at Esalen Institute in 1970 and served on its Board of Directors from 1973 to 1975. She co-founded the Esalen Soviet American Exchange Program in 1980, traveling to and from the Soviet Union each year to establish relationships, undertake collaborations and build a citizen-to citizen network. In the spring of 2004, the program evolved to an independent organization and changed its name to Track Two: An Institute for Citizen Diplomacy, with the mandate to expand to other regions of conflict including the Middle East and the North Pacific Rim. Murphy, frequently cited as an expert in Russian and Middle Eastern diplomacy, has spent over thirty-seven years on the cutting edge of nongovernmental relations and Track Two diplomacy. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the Graduate Initiative in Russian Studies, a program of the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, California. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of IFAW Russia and CIS (International Fund for Animal Welfare). Murphy speaks at university conferences on Russia and the Middle East while continuing the day-to-day management of Track Two where she currently serves as President and Chairman of its Board of Directors.
JAY OGILVY, Treasurer
Jay Ogilvy cofounded Global Business Network in 1987, the world’s foremost consultancy for scenario planning. In 2009 he left GBN to become Dean of Presidio Graduate School, which offers an MBA in sustainable business practices. Currently he is an independent consultant. He also serves as a columnist and chair of the editorial board for Stratfor (Strategic Foresight), an online provider of geopolitical intelligence.
In the 1980s he served as Director of Research for the Values and Lifestyles (VALS) Program at SRI (formerly Stanford Research Institute). While at SRI, Ogilvy also authored monographs on social, political, and demographic trends affecting the values of workers and consumers.
Since 1980, Ogilvy has been engaged in citizen diplomacy through his association with Track Two, where he serves on the board.
Ogilvy's work in future studies, values research, and citizen diplomacy builds on his background as a philosopher. He taught at the University of Texas, Williams College, and for seven years at Yale, where he received his Ph.D. in 1968. In addition to publishing dozens of essays, he is the author or editor of nine books including: Facing the Fold: Essays on Scenario Planning (Triarchy, 2011); Creating Better Futures: Scenario Planning as a Tool for a Better Tomorrow (Oxford University Press, 2002), Living Without a Goal (Doubleday Currency, 1995), Many Dimensional Man (Oxford University Press, 1977; Harper & Row, 1980); co-author, with Peter Schwartz, China’s Futures (Jossey-Bass, 2000).
KSENIA SEMENOVA, CBDO at Cindicator. A journalist by training, Ksenia has more than 15 years of experience in PR and marketing, and almost seven years of business development expertise at media, edutech, and fintech companies. She leads a variety of business development initiatives at award-winning fintech company Cindicator. Ksenia is one of the core personalities responsible for collaborations and strategic partnerships on Cindicator’s predictive analytics platform and for its asset management entity. As a member of Cindicator Executive Committee, she plays a crucial role in strategic business planning and spreading Cindicator’s business around the globe.
Her expertise lies in the blockchain, Hybrid Intelligence (wisdom of the crowd + AI), innovative ecosystems and healthy communities with the power to change the world. Ksenia speaks at leading blockchain and AI events, including Money20/20 (US), BBVA Open Summit (Spain), AI and Data Science in Trading (US), Hong Kong Blockchain Week (HK), World Crypto Con (US) and CHAINERS Blockchain Week (South Korea). She is an avid business traveller and communicator, spreading ideas about a better future for the symbiosis of technology and human beings and methods for achieving citizen diplomacy around the globe.
From 2014 to 2015 she worked as a contributing writer for the Institute of Modern Russia. Her piece entitled "A New Wave of Emigration: The Best Are Leaving" was selected as one of the institute's top 10 analyses of 2015, and was later quoted in an Atlantic Council report. Since January 2017 she has been contributing to stratfor.com.