AC4 Team


Joshua Fisher


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
Associate Director

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.


Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

Associate Director of the Women, Peace, and Security Program

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.


Jaclyn Donahue
Program Manager

Jaclyn Donahue is responsible for the organization, implementation, and promotion of the Sustainable Peace Project 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.

Meredith Smith
Program Manager

Meredith leads the fellowships programs and coordinates communications and public programs at AC4. She is a capacity development specialist and brings writing and research experience, design skills, and over six years’ experience developing, facilitating and managing programs for youth and adult learners in diverse settings, primarily focused on resource-limited settings both inside and outside the United States. 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.

Kristen Rucki

Project Coordinator

Kristen coordinates the Women, Peace, and Security Program. 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.

Joán Lopez
Project Coordinator

Joán Camilo Lopez coordinates the Youth, Peace, and Security Program. He previously coordinated 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.

Kobi Skolnick
Project Special Advisor

Kobi serves as the Special Adviser to the Youth, Peace and Security Program. He concurrently serves as a consultant to the United Nations on issues of leadership and conflict resolution, and he is currently leading capacity development and coaching for the UNFPA Youth Innovation Programme. He is a member of the UN Inter Agency Network on Youth Development Working Group on Youth Participation in Peacebuilding, and the Steering Committee of the Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250, where he represents AC4. He has trained hundreds of people worldwide in transformative leadership development, facilitation, advocacy for social change, peacebuilding, cultural empathy, and conflict resolution. Kobi received his Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program at Columbia University, studying Syrian youth in refugee camps and peacebuilding.

Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez
Communications & Administrative Support Intern

Carina Kaufman-Gutierrez is the Communications and Administrative Support Intern at AC4. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Security Policy & Conflict Resolution at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is interested in how community empowerment, international collaboration, and cultural awareness can de-escalate military intervention. Her work as a cultural producer and interdisciplinary artist in Queens, NY, focuses on transparency of public information, equalizing access to resources, and consensus-based decision making.