Organizers

Kara Andrade

Kara Andrade is a PhD student at American University’s School of Communication. She is a researcher, journalist and entrepreneur who focuses on Latin America, media, technology and society. She has more than ten years of experience working in the United States and Latin America as a bilingual journalist, entrepreneur and multimedia producer for a variety of leading media organizations.

Derek Caelin

Derek is a Senior Specialist at PeaceTech Lab. His mission is to enable community leaders and activists around the world to use tech for social good. With a focus on ICT and game design, Derek seeks to harness new technology to build peace and address social strife. Derek has worked in conflict zones around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. Derek holds a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

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Matthew Coates

Matt is an engineering co-op at PeaceTech Lab as a result of a partnership between the Lab and Drexel University. He currently attends Drexel University for biomedical engineering with a focus in medical devices. He is interested in identifying applications of traditionally engineering principles and technologies to the field of peacebuilding. Past co-op positions include research positions at a small pharmaceutical company in Pennsylvania and a manufacturing institute in Singapore.

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Mauricio Vicente Cuevas

Assistant Logistics Coordinator, Translator and Veterinarian

Mauricio is a polymath of sorts whose knowledge extends to veterinary practice, public health research, teaching, technology and innovations projects. Currently, he practices veterinary medicine in Guatemala and serves as operations manager for Enumerator IO, a US-based company, that brings jobs to people in more that six different countries in America and Africa using their Android phones. Mauricio is an animal rights activist and a veterinarian who specializes in hematology and dermatology with 20 years of experience working with all kinds of animals and clients in Guatemala. He has worked for IRTRA and was an instructor of clinical practice at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. Mauricio uses his knowledge and skills for development goals and has cooperated with NGOs on human rights projects. He received fellowships from Rotary International and JICA. 

 

PAUL DESANTIS

Paul is a co-op student at the PeaceTech Lab who focuses on the development of Drexel's new Peace Engineering Master's Program. At Drexel he studies Biomedical Engineering with a concentration in Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering. Through this co-op, Paul hopes to learn more about how technology can be used to improve health, wellness, and stability within communities across the globe.

 

ALTHEA MIDDLETON-DETZNER

Director, Peacebuilding Engineers Program at PeaceTech Lab

Althea manages university partnerships and corporate continuing education for the lab. She is the lead on the Peace Engineering partnership with Drexel University, which includes developing content and teaching courses, managing the Lab’s Drexel University co-op students, and building bridges between

Althea brings over a decade of experience in conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and civil resistance. Her work has included project management; strategy consulting; curriculum development; and facilitation, training, and coaching services with for-profit companies, international agencies, nonprofit organizations, universities and civic groups including International Center on Nonviolent Conflict from 2005-2016, the United States Institute of Peace and others. 

BEA GALLARDO (GUATEMALA)

Crowdfunding and alternative forms of funding

A Guatemalan producer with a Masters in Communications from San Carlos University in Guatemala (cum laude). She has also been an independent consultant for BIRF (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) in the area of Human Development and International Cooperation for the National Fund for Peace) and for the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education on Multicultural Resources Study. She is an advisor to the San Carlos University Outreach Office and Development and an independent producer for University TV USAC. Contact: beagallardo@gmail.com

Tim Receveur

Tim is the Director, PeaceTech Exchanges at the PeaceTech Lab. From 2000-2013, Tim worked as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the U.S. Department of State where he was nominated for the prestigious Service to America Medal in 2013 and received the U.S. Department of State's highest award for innovation from Secretary Hillary Clinton in November 2009 for planning and implementing technology platforms.  He has been featured in many publications including the Harvard Business Review and a Brookings report for expanding U.S. Embassy in Pakistan’s Facebook presence from 29,000 to become the largest social network of any diplomatic mission in the world, with over 1 million followers. Tim is also a veteran of the U.S. Air Force where he served as a meteorologist from 1991-2000.

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Alexis sullivan

Alexis L. Sullivan is the Press Officer at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica.  Since joining the U.S. Foreign Service in 2005, Alexis has served in Islamabad, Washington, Moscow, New York, and Colombo.  Alexis has a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations with a focus on Latin America from The College of William and Mary, and spent one year directly enrolled at the Universidad de Salamanca, Spain.