Lt. Col (ret) Avi Nudelman has an extensive career in Palestinian and security relations. His army service spans over 25 years of experience leading and acting as a head liaison for the IDF with Palestinians and Jordanians.
Following five years and several positions in the Civil Administration in the West Bank, Avi spent a few years in intelligence forces with the IDF. In 1998, Avi served as the head of the security coordination office (D.C.O) in the Ramallah district, and later the head of the liaison for the Palestinian security apparatus in the West Bank. From 2003-2006, Avi served in the Strategic Division in the I.D.F as the head of the Palestinian branch and from 2006- 2010 as the head of the military liaison office with the Jordanian army.
In April 2010, Avi retired from the Army and began working as the CEO of Israeli – Palestinian Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization that seeks to enhance bilateral trade and commercial relations between Israelis and Palestinians.
Intern at the Israeli-Palestinian Chamber of Commerce and a student in the Master's Program in International Conflict Resolution and Mediation at Tel Aviv University.
Dijana is originally from Bosnia and Herzegovina but immigrated to the USA with her family in 1999. She is fluent in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and English and is studying Arabic and Hebrew.
Dijana received her B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies with an emphasis on Developing States from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois (USA). During this period, she also studied abroad at the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya.
After graduation, she worked with numerous NGOs in the United States as an interpreter for the International Institute, a refugee resettlement agency. Concurrently, she worked as an office manager and a case manager at Harmony in Life, a mental health agency that provides services to victims of torture and war trauma. Subsequently, Dijana worked and volunteered in numerous political campaigns, including the US presidential campaign of 2008. Most importantly, she initiated the Bosnians for Obama campaign in St. Louis Missouri, focused on educating and motivating newly naturalized Bosnian-American community to participate in the democratic process. This year is her second year in the Middle East, with last year working as an English teacher in the United Arab Emirates and this year studying her Master's in Israel.
Dijana's current focus of interest is reconciliation and transformative peace between communities in conflict. She hopes to eventually develop her research through a PhD dissertation.