Staff and Board Members

Liel Maghen, Israeli Co-Director

Liel Maghen is the new co-director of IPCRI, and holds a M.A degree in International Development and a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Working both in top-down and bottom-up initiatives, his experience includes interning for the Israeli Knesset and the United States Congress together with managing programs for leading organizations such as Seeds of Peace, Givat Haviva, MEJDI Tours, and AIES. Through his role at IPCRI, Liel aims to develop impactful transboundary partnerships mainly through participatory activities and inclusive processes.

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"I believe strongly in the power of local communities to shape the world on a macro level."

Nivine Sandouka, Palestinian Co-Director

Nivine Sandouka is a leader, especially in the field of Community Development in programming, management, peace-building, and gender-mainstreaming.  She is also an activist for women’s rights and gender equity. She is currently working as the Co-Director of the Israel Palestine: Creative Regional Initiatives (IPCRI). In addition, she is Program Monitoring and Evaluation expert with the German Association for Development Cooperation (AGEH). She also runs a grassroots initiative called ‘Judi- from me to you’ that aims to connect women, and volunteers in several civil society organizations. She was identified by the US State Department as a young leader and participated in the prestigious ‘International Visitor Leadership Program’ on the theme of conflict resolution. Throughout her career, she developed several interventions and projects that aim at women’s empowerment and community development with international organizations such as Oxfam and CARE International.  She participated in several conferences tackling the issue of women’s rights in Palestine, and attended two institutes of Feminist Transformative Leadership. Nivine has an MA in Democracy and Human Rights from Birzeit University and attended several courses on peace-building, gender, program management, accountability, and advocacy.
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"Development depends on resolving the conflict. Thus, through impact-oriented partnerships we can improve both development and conflict resolution."

Our Team


Nivine Sandouka – Palestinian Co-Director

Liel Maghen – Israeli Co-Director

Jalil Hishmeh – Financial Manager

Theodore Cohen – Coordinator of the Model EU Project


IPCRI Board Members

  1. Dr. Gershon Baskin - Israeli co-chairman of the board, Founder of IPCRI and former co-Director, writer and expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
  2. Mustafa Alami - Palestinian co-chairman of the board 
  3. Riman Barakat - CEO & Founder: Experience Palestine, organizing tours and itineraries for top-level delegations and missions coming from all over the world
  4. Rafi Benvenisti - Consultant to the World Bank, Former Senior Advisor to the Minister of Finance and the Minister of Regional Cooperation
  5. Gadi Kenny - Peace Activist
  6. Nancy Rumann - Water Planner, National Water Council, Consultant GTZ