Board of Directors

Bill Kruvant served as the President of Creative Learning from 2005 to 2017. After earning a Doctorate in Economics in International Development from American University, Bill worked in both the private and public sectors, collaborating on foundation-funded research projects in the areas of energy and civil rights.

Previously, he served as chief of economic studies for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) in the areas of energy and natural resources and as a Senior Advisor for Creative Associates, consulting on corporate planning and development.

During his tenure at Creative Learning, Bill has worked with his team to establish the America’s Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) and School-2-School programs.  These programs send young people to serve in local NGOs in the Muslim World and match American and foreign schools so that youth in the U.S. and abroad can learn about each other first hand.

When Aid to Artisans (ATA) joined Creative Learning in 2010, Bill became the president of the new combined institution. In collaboration with ATA staff and Creative Learning experts, he is dedicated to making artisans an integral part of international enterprise development, cultural preservation, income and job generation, and economic development.

More recently, Bill has worked with Professors Tahir Shad and Muqtedar Khan to establish the Global Education Initiatives (GEI) at Creative Learning.  GEI runs the Annual Conference on the Muslim World, trains local and provincial level public officials in modern governance practices under the banner of CL’s American Academy of Good Governance, and runs a volunteer program for young people with De La Salle-College of St. Benilde in the Philippines.

Bill is also president of Crea-Learning Mexico, a Mexican not-for-profit group which develops artisans in Mexico, Central, and South America.

When not occupied at Creative Learning, Bill is a farmer, growing lavender commercially at La Paz farm, and is a ceramic artist.

Pauline H. Baker served as President of The Fund for Peace for fifteen years from 1996 to 2010. Dr. Baker also served as a Professorial Lecturer at The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and as an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of Foreign Affairs at Georgetown University. An internationally recognized political scientist and specialist on African affairs and fragile states, Dr. Baker lived and worked in Nigeria from 1964 to 1975. She also conducted research in South Africa and served as Staff Director of the Africa Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. A member of the Council on Foreign Affairs, Dr. Baker appears in the media, lecturers widely and is well-published. Her latest publication is “Unraveling Afghanistan,” in the American Interest, December, 2013. She earned her doctorate with Distinction from UCLA in 1970 and did her undergraduate work at Douglass College, Rutgers University.

Andrew Corrie, founder of Canvas Home, had a circuitous path to launching and managing one of the most sought after design brands in the United States today. Originally from Dorset in the United Kingdom, Corrie graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in monetary economics. He went on to become an investment banker and specialized in the retail and apparel industry. In 2005, after years of traveling to craft fairs he came a partner of OCHRE, the international high end furniture and lighting design company. In 2008 he founded canvas home. Canvas Home’s mission is simple: the brand serves as a destination for beautiful objects created by craftsmen from around the world. A proponent of fair trade and green principals, Corrie is committed to offering simple and sustainable ceramics, wooden objects, textiles, and furniture that are meant to be used, treasured, and passed down to the next generation. In 2010, canvas opened its first storefront in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood and the shop quickly became a popular shopping destination for the home. Needing more space, the store has since moved to a new 4,500 square foot flagship at 123 West 17th Street (6th and 7th Avenues) in Chelsea, NYC. “It’s not about chasing each and every new trend; it’s about asking people to invest in the things they truly believe in. Helping people help themselves is the key to building a better, more sustainable world,”says Corrie. Corrie resides in New York City with his wife and three children.

With more than two decades of experience in the international arena, working on post-conflict transition and democratization issues, Johanna Mendelson Forman holds a wealth of expertise and insights into the role of food in driving conflict and connecting people and communities. An Adjunct Professor at American University’s School of International Service where she teaches Conflict Cuisine®: An Introduction to War and Peace Around the Dinner Table, Mendelson Forman encourages new ways of looking at diplomacy, conflict resolution, and civic engagement.

Recognizing that Washington’s culinary landscape often reflects global conflicts with the opening of new ethnic restaurants, Mendelson Forman was inspired to connect food and war as a tool for teaching how food is a form of Smart Power as well as a driver of conflict. Linking food and conflict has also allowed her to develop a new interdisciplinary platform for examining why food is central to both survival and resilience in zones of conflict. The course has been recognized twice as an example of innovation in college offerings.

An expert on post-conflict transition and democratization issues, Mendelson Forman holds regional expertise in the Americas, with a special focus on the Caribbean, Central America and Brazil.  She also has had extensive field experience for the U.S. government on transition initiatives in Haiti, Iraq, and Sub-Saharan Africa.  Her frontline experience as a policy maker on conflict and stabilization efforts from Haiti to Rwanda drove her interest in connecting the role of food in conflict.  She serves as a Senior Advisor with the Managing Across Boundaries Program at the Stimson Center, where she works on security and development issues with a focus on food, and is also a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation.

Mendelson Forman has written extensively about food and conflict, and topics related to Latin America. Her work has been published in a wide-range of publications including, the Miami HeraldWashington PostAmericas Quarterly, The Globalist, VOXXI, Estadao, El Universal, and World Politics Review, and has been cited in NPR’s The Salt, LeFigaro, Salon, and Italia Oggi,and This Week. She frequently appears on national media including National Public Radio, Univision, and CNN. Mendelson Forman has lectured on food related topics at the Smithsonian Resident Associates Program, Johns Hopkins University Bologna Campus, New York University’s Washington Program, and at the United States Pavilion at the 2015 World Expo in Milan, Italy.  She also writes a column on conflict cuisines for the DCist, a local Washington blog post.

Previously, Mendelson Forman served as the Director of Peace, Security, and Human Rights at the UN Foundation.  She has held senior positions in the U.S. Agency for International Development helping create the Office of Transition Initiatives, and serving as a Senior Adviser for Humanitarian Response, as well as at the World Bank’s Post Conflict Unit.  She served as a Senior Advisor to the UN Mission in Haiti.

Mendelson Forman is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a J.D. from Washington College of Law at American University, a Ph.D. in Latin American history from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Master’s of International Affairs, with a certificate of Latin America studies from Columbia University in New York.  She serves on the board of Creative Learning and Earthspark International.  She is a passionate collector of Latin America folk art, and shares her great love for food of the Americas with friends and family. She is married to David Forman, an attorney, and is the proud mother of the lead guitarist in the punk rock group, Priests.

George Laudato most recently served as the USAID Administrator’s Special Assistant for the Middle East. He has more than 45 years of experience in international program development and management in the private and public sectors in Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and Central Europe.
He managed a staff rich in experience and education, conducting projects in more than 25 countries for clients such as USAID, private international firms and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Laudato also actively coordinated Abt Associates’ new business development activities in international health with government and private clients. Before to Abt Associates in 1998, Mr. Laudato spent more than 35 years with USAID, rising to the position of Deputy Assistant Administrator. In his most recent post as Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID Bureau for Asia and the Near East, he directed a comprehensive review of USAID programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Thailand to develop strategies consistent with Department of State and Congressional interests. He also oversaw USAID’s participation in the multilateral negotiations on Palestine and set up additional programs to support local authorities and services in the West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Laudato also led a US team to reestablish a program in Nicaragua, putting new programs in place and committing $90 million within the first sixty days. He negotiated and disbursed a $60 million cash transfer to recapitalize the Central Bank of Nicaragua, negotiated food aid agreements that results in the arrival of food within six weeks and increased utilization of the private sector, and negotiated initial PVO grants to help reestablish basic services. He also instituted programs to replenish medical supplies for the new government and participated in the US delegation to the donors conference on Nicaragua. He has also filled roles with USAID such as Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Program Policy and Coordination, Deputy Director of USAID/Egypt, Program Officer for USAID/Philippines, Chief of Program Operations with USAID/Egypt, and Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Asia and Private Enterprise. He directly supervised major organizational units, negotiated policies, and represented USAID at meetings of US government bodies and international organizations. He speaks Vietnamese and Spanish and holds a B.A. in psychology from Seton Hall University.

Mr. Marburg-Goodman currently serves as General Counsel at Creative Associates International, a leading private implementer of the U.S. foreign assistance program.  He previously served as Special Counsel to the Administrator of USAID, a senior Obama Administration appointment,  and, at an earlier time, as the long-serving USAID Chief Acquisitions Counsel (Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition &  Assistance), a senior career position.

Most recently, in his role as Special Counsel to the USAID Administrator, Mr. Marburg-Goodman participated in the conception and implementation of the Agency’s USAIDForward reforms, creation of a Global Development Lab, and expansion of human rights in development, among other tasks.  While there, he also served as USAID representative to the White House Policy Council on expanding international human rights, on the Aid Effectiveness and Contracting-Out teams of Secretary Clinton’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and as Coordinator of USAID’s Congressional Oversight Response Team.  He also served as dedicated legal counsel for USAID’s new offices of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and Development Innovation (DIV).

In the private sector, Mr. Marburg-Goodman provides Democracy/Governance consultancies in the form of technical assistance and training to senior officials, members of Parliament, and technical personnel of the Governments of Botswana, China, Gambia, Ethiopia, India, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mongolia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Swaziland, under auspices of the International Law Institute (ILI), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and USAID.

During a previous career appointment as USAID’s Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition & Assistance, Mr. Marburg-Goodman headed a team of attorneys and had overall legal responsibility for most of the U.S. foreign aid program’s instruments and funding, comprising a worldwide portfolio of U.S. Government contracts, grants and cooperative agreements in excess of $30 billion. In recent years, this included the portfolio of contracts and grants supporting Iraq and Afghanistan postwar reconstruction and development, Darfur and Southern Sudan relief and reconstruction, and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria health programs.

While at USAID, Mr. Marburg-Goodman also represented the U.S. at the OECD, WTO and G-7 on a number of aid and trade enhancement initiatives, as well as at the OECD/DAC for the United States peer review process.  He was the U.S. Government’s principal proponent of a commitment to financial/contracting capacity-building and reform in developing countries and led multiple U.S. delegations as part of international efforts advancing procurement strengthening.  In 2004, he was U.S. member of a G-7 experts’ team that successfully negotiated an international agreement to ensure transparency in foreign aid contracting.  In 2001 and 2004 he negotiated landmark international agreements at the OECD to “untie” foreign aid.

Mr. Marburg-Goodman’s other professional activities include his authorship of featured columns on Government Contracting, as well as on civil rights, in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and ABA Journals.  He has served in the leadership of the American Bar Association as a Committee Co-Chair, including publication and speaking engagements in ABA fora; he also participated in ABA and ILI expert delegations to the U.N., including to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).

During the 2008 Presidential campaign, he served on the Obama Foreign Assistance/ Development Advisory Group and contributed substantively to the Obama Transition on USAID operations and policy.

Mr. Marburg-Goodman earned degrees from Amherst College and Harvard Law School, and is fluent in French.

John Meyers is Managing Principal, GSG Networks, a consulting group providing services to international NGOs, businesses, and development organizations in the areas of impact investing, blended finance and information/communication for development. In 2018, John ended his six-year tenure as Executive Director, Swisscontact North America, and Managing Director – North America for Swisscontact, a Swiss NGO working in 35 countries.

Currently, John serves as President, Board of Directors, Impact Capital Forum, formerly Microfinance Club of New York, among the largest individual member networks in the impact/microfinance sector in the US and the Community Foundation for St. Vincent and the Grenadines (Executive Committee). He is also a Senior Advisor to, a clearinghouse website attracting 7500 unique visitors/month, and Senior Advisor, Rain Barrel Communications, a global network creating communications strategies for social and economic development.

Previously, he served as Director, Global Programs and Sector Innovation and Senior Advisor, Business Development/Social Investing at Aid to Artisans (ATA), where he developed funding partnerships and had oversight for projects in Haiti, Morocco, Egypt, and Ethiopia. In 2018, John spoke at UN High Level Political Forum Side Event on “Sustainable Fashion and SDGs: Different Contexts, Same Mission.”

Recognition for John’s leadership can be seen in related sectors: Twice named to the US delegation to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Human Resource Development Working Group; served as Executive Director of Lawyers Without Borders; and was a Founding Editor of the Journal of Studies in International Education.

John received his B.A. in International Relations from The American University of Paris; MLS from Rutgers University School of Communication & Information; and M.A. in History from Columbia University.

Chris is currently the Lead Account Partner of Foreign Affairs for IBM Global Business Services and was formerly the Managing Director of the Global Partnership Center at the U.S. Department of State. He is an experienced Account Manager and P&L owner with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry. Chris is skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Analytical Skills, Government, IT Strategy, and International Relations. He is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) focused in Economics from Fordham University.

Academic Advisory Committee

Professor Abbas’ current work focuses on ethnicity, conflict, identity and religion. Currently teaching at Fatih University in Istanbul, he is interested in the role of ethnicity in the ‘performance of Islam’ among Muslim minorities and in the ways in which Islam is the political ‘third space’ between secularism and conservatism. His is currently finalising a research monograph on contemporary ethnic and political issues in Turkey. He is also completing a co-edited book project on non-violent political Muslims. It is a global review of positive approaches to political, social, cultural and economic participation of Muslims in society that counter the dominant negative paradigms of ‘Islamism’. Professor Abbas has won several awards, sole authored two books, and edited and co-edited eight volumes. See further details here –

Dr. Anouar Boukhars, Assistant Professor of International Relations, is an expert in Arab democratization, U.S. policy in the Middle East and international security. Boukhars was co-project leader of Carnegie’s Mauritania Working Group, in which scholars and policymakers gathered in four roundtables between January and June 2012 to discuss critical issues faced by the country and the response of the international community. Boukhars is a former fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, where he published “Political Violence in North Africa: The Perils of Incomplete Liberalization” and “Fighting the Growth of Terrorist Networks on the Maghreb.” His other publications have appeared in a large number of journals and leading newspapers, including Journal of Conflict StudiesInternational Political Science Review,European SecurityTerrorism Monitor, and Columbia International Affairs Online.

Alex Bello Brillantes Jr. is a Filipino political scientist and expert of local governance and development administration. He is currently the President of the ASEAN Association of Public Administration. He was the dean of the University of the Philippines – National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP-NCPAG) and executive director of the Local Government Academy (LGA) under the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).

Prof. Gary G. Ador Dionisio is Asst. Professor and Chairperson of the Consular and Diplomatic Affairs Program at the De La Salle – College of St Benilde, Philippines. He is currently a Doctor of Public Administration (candidate) at the University of the Philippines National College of Public Administration and Governance (UP NCPAG). He finished his Masters of Arts in Political Science at the De La Salle University – Manila (DLSU – Manila). Prof. Ador Dionisio presented and moderated on various papers with themes on Governance, Civil Society Participation and International Political Economy to national and international conferences in the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, USA, Senegal and South Korea. He was also faculty advisor to De La Salle – College of St. Benilde delegations to Model United Nations in Far West, San Francisco, USA, Model United Nations in Xian, China and Model United Nations in Washington, D.C.

Aside from working in the academe, Prof. Ador Dionisio also has engagements to various non-government organizations and local government units in the Philippines in different capacities. This year (2014), he was elected as the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Institute and Politics Governance (IPG), Board Secretary of Active Citizenship Foundation (ACF) since 2010, Consultant of National Union of Workers in Hotel Restaurant and Allied Industries – Philippine Plaza Chapter (NUWHRAIN – PPC) from 2009 up to present. He also served as Consultant for Special Projects under the Office of City Administrator, City Government of Pasay from 2007 – 2010. And since 2010, he works as Legislative Consultant under the Office of City Council, City Government of Pasay.

Dr. Muqtedar Khan is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware. He earned his Ph.D. in International Relations, Political Philosophy, and Islamic Political Thought, from Georgetown University in May 2000.

He founded the Islamic Studies Program at the University of Delaware and was its first Director from 2007-2010.Dr. Khan is a Fellow with the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He was a Senior Nonresident Fellow with the Brookings Institution [2003-2008] and a Fellow of the Alwaleed Center at Georgetown University [2006-2007]. He has been the President, Vice President and General Secretary of the Association of Muslim Social Scientists.

He is the author of American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom (Amana, 2002), Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations (Praeger, 2004), Islamic Democratic Discourse (Lexington Books, 2006) and Debating Moderate Islam: The Geopolitics of Islam and the West (University of Utah Press, 2007).

Dr. Khan frequently comments on BBC, CNN International, FOX and VOA TV, Bridges TV, NPR and other radio and TV networks. His political commentaries appear regularly in newspapers in over 20 countries. He has lectured in North America, East Asia, Middle East and Europe . Dr. Khan is from Hyderabad in India. He is married to Reshma and has a son Rumi, and a daughter Ruhi. His articles on Islam and American Muslims can be read at and his commentaries on global politics can be read at

Rob Krueger is Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  He is also an Associate Professor of Geography in the Institute’s Social Science and Policy Studies Department, where he founded and Directs’s the Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program.   Krueger has over ten years experience, and taken over 100 students abroad, with engaging students in intensive, project based, experiences in communities around the world.   He has led experiences in Morocco, Thailand, Namibia, South Africa, and many others.  Rob is also very interested pedagogies around enhancing these experiences.

After a 16-year career with the World Bank Peter Kyle recently retired from his position as Lead Counsel but continues as an International Legal Consultant with the Bank and is based in Washington, DC. He hails from New Zealand and was educated at Victoria University of Wellington gaining a BA (Economics) and a Bachelor of Laws (Honors). After qualifying as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in 1972, he clerked for the Chief Justice of New Zealand. He was then awarded a Rotary International Graduate Fellowship to complete a Master of Laws degree at the University of Virginia in 1974. Upon returning to New Zealand, Peter was made a partner in the leading New Zealand commercial law firm of Watts and Patterson. In 1979, he took leave from his firm to serve as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines until 1985. In 1992, he accepted an offer of a senior position within the Legal Department of the World Bank. He was the Senior Vice President of OBNZ. He also became actively involved in the international activities of Outward Bound and in 1988 was instrumental in drafting the legal documentation which led to the establishment of the Outward Bound International Advisory Board – the predecessor of Outward Bound International (OBI). In 1993 he was appointed to that Board and became Vice President of the organization the following year. In 1997 he was appointed as the inaugural Chairman of OBI, a position he held until 2002 when he was appointed Chairman Emeritus.

Susan Collin Marks is an internationally renowned peacemaker and peacebuilder. For nearly three decades, she has worked in some of the most conflictual places on the planet, including mediating in the heart of her native South Africa’s transition from apartheid, facilitating ongoing dialogue in the Middle East, and establishing peacebuilding programs in Africa. She coaches high level political, institutional and civil society leaders worldwide, encouraging them to find common humanity with opponents. In September 2014, she stepped aside after 20 years as senior vice president. She now lives with her husband John Marks in Amsterdam. Honours include a Peace Fellowship at the United States Institute for Peace, the Institute for Noetic Science’s Creative Altruism award, a Skoll Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurship, President Jimmy Carter’s Waging Peace Award, and an Honorary Doctorate from the UN University of Peace. She holds a vision of a world of peace and dignity for all. She believes that our common humanity binds us together more than our differences divide us.

Dr. Valerie Rosoux is a senior research fellow at the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) and lecturer at the University of Louvain (Belgium) where she teaches International Negotiation and Conflict Transformation. She was a Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP, Washington) in 2010-2011. She previously taught international relations at the Instituts d’Études Politiques (IEP) of Lille and Grenoble, France. Her research interests focus on the uses of memory in international relations, especially in the Franco-German, Franco-Algerian and Rwandan cases. Some of her publications include: Reconciliation as a peace-building process: scope and limits, in J. Bercovitch, V. Kremenyuk and W. Zartman (ed.), Handbook of Conflict Resolution; “The Figure of the righteous individual in Rwanda”, International Social Science Journal, n° 189; Human rights and the ‘work of memory’ in international relations, International Journal of Human Rights, vol. 3, n° 2.

William Stuebner has worked as a Special Advisor for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International War Crimes Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, as the Executive Director of the Alliance for International Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and as a consultant for the U.S. Institute of Peace. He has contributed to the field investigations in Bosnia which led to indictments for war criminals in the Balkans conflict, and assisted in the negotiation of the Dayton Agreement-mandated prisoner release. His career extends into both the military and non-governmental organization fields, giving him a unique understanding of both and how they can best function in tandem.

Joseph Prud’homme is Associate Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Religion, Politics, and Culture at Washington College. He received his doctorate from Princeton University, where he studied in the Interdepartmental Program in Political Philosophy, with additional specialization in legal and constitutional thought. He was awarded a Fellowship at Harvard University, where he studied at the Harvard Law School and served as a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Prud’homme works in the areas of political philosophy, legal theory, intellectual history, and conceptual and historical approaches to the study of religion and political and cultural affairs. He has published numerous works in these fields, including the books Religion and Politics in America from the Colonial Period to the Civil War and Curriculum and the Culture Wars.

He regularly teaches the department’s introductory course in political theory; upper level courses in political thought; upper level courses in constitutional law and legal philosophy; and a seminar that explores fundamental questions surrounding theology and political and cultural life.

He earned two bachelors degrees with three majors (Political Science, History, and Philosophy) and one minor (Religious Studies) at Texas A&M University ,where he graduated magna cum laude and with a honors certificate. His undergraduate thesis (“Kant’s Moral Argument for the Existence of God”) was awarded the Texas A&M Thesis Prize.

Tahir Shad is the Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, the former Director of International Studies, and the former Associate Dean of the College. Dr. Shad developed and implemented 40 international programs in 25 countries, including exchange programs, study abroad programs and summer programs. He established faculty exchanges in China, South Africa, France and England; and academic sessions abroad in Ecuador for environmental studies, in England for English literature, and in Tanzania for interdisciplinary studies.  Educated in the U.K., Shad received a bachelor’s degree with honors in political science from the School of African and Asian Studies at University of Sussex, and earned his post-graduate certificate in education from the London Institute of Education, London University. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in political science at University of Pittsburgh; where a number of his top students go on to pursue graduate studies in international affairs.

Dr. I. William Zartman is the Jacob Blaustein Professor of International Organizations and Conflict Resolution and former Director of the Conflict Management Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Zartman is the former director of the SAIS African Studies Program; a former faculty member at the University of South Carolina and New York University; served as Olin Professor at the U.S. Naval Academy, Halevy Professor at the Institute of Political Studies in Paris and visiting professor at the American University in Paris; has been a consultant to the U.S. Department of State; president of the Tangier American Legation Museum Society; past president of the Middle East Studies Association and [founder] and past president of the American Institute for Maghrib Studies; fluent in French; Ph.D., international relations, Yale University.