AC4 Team

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Joshua Fisher
Director
jf2788@columbia.edu

Biography

Dr. Fisher is responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of AC4. He is a research scientist at The Earth Institute, focused on applied work into the environmental drivers of social conflict and exploring opportunities to use resource management as a tool for conflict prevention. He has particular expertise in conservation, natural resource management, and extractive industry related issues. Dr. Fisher provides analytical and consultation services to NGOs, governmental and international organizations, with ongoing applied projects in countries in South America, Asia-Pacific, Sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. In addition, he is adjunct faculty teaching environmental conflict resolution and environmental impact assessment at Columbia University.


Azin2Azin Aliabadi
Assistant Director
aa3029@columbia.edu

Azin is responsible for the daily management of AC4, including finance, budgets, human resource management, and event planning. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction from Boston University. She received her Master’s degree from Columbia University’s Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs.  Previously she worked as a Consultant at UNDP and as an Associate at Morgan Stanley in New York. She is passionate about economics, sustainability and peacekeeping.


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Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland
Associate Director of the Women, Peace, and Security Program
ml4000@columbia.edu

Dr. Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland leads the Women, Peace and Security Program, bringing expertise in feminist political economy, with a focus on human rights, gender, and disparity. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and the author of several works on the politics of women’s rights and children’s rights. Dr. Luttrell-Rowland received her MSc from the University of Oxford in Comparative Social Policy, and her PhD from the University of Bath in International Development. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University and the University of Manchester, and has lived and conducted field research in Peru, the United Kingdom, the United States, and South Korea. Her current teachings and scholarship focuses on global inequality, women’s mobilizations, and social movements.


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Jaclyn Donahue
Program Manager
jd3298@columbia.edu

Jaclyn Donahue is responsible for the organization, implementation, and promotion of the Sustainable Peace Mapping Initiative and the Dynamical Systems Project at AC4. She is a researcher and international development practitioner, and has worked with teams at international non-government organizations and at universities on issues of gender, sustainable development, and conflict transformation. She earned a Master’s degree from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies.


MeridethSmithMeredith Smith
Program Manager
mms2258@columbia.edu

Meredith leads the fellowships programs and supports on communications and events management at AC4. She is an educator, collaborator and community development specialist with over 10 years of experience.  Prior to joining AC4, she received her M.P.A. in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, with a culminating project on the intersection of disaster relief and public health in post-hurricane NYC.

 


KristenRuckiKristen Rucki
Project Coordinator
kar2174@columbia.edu

Kristen coordinates the Women, Peace, and Security Program at AC4. Previously she coordinated the Sustainable Human Development (SHD) project, and she continues to facilitate collaboration with the Agirre Lehendakaria Center for Social and Political Studies at the University of the Basque Country.  She is also a core team member of AC4’s Sustainable Peace Mapping Initiative. A researcher and educator, Kristen holds an M.A. in International and Comparative Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, where her work focused on issues of peace and human rights and educational inequality.


JoanJoán Lopez
Project Coordinator
jcl223@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Joán Camilo Lopez coordinates the Urban Violence Prevention project in Medellin, Colombia. He is currently doing his graduate work at the City University of New York–Graduate Center, where he seeks to write a thesis drawing on his ethnographic work among youth leaders in Medellin. Joan is particularly interested in understanding the role of art in youth resistance movements and its relation to the production of historical memory in Colombia. Through a materialistic perspective, he seeks to suggest an analysis of how the memory of violence and conflict is being remembered and represented by some of the youth that have experienced violence in all its expressions in the past 30 years in the northwest region of Colombia.