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Paul Chiariello

Co-Founder & Managing Editor

Paul Chiariello, LMSW, MSc Ed, has a diverse background in research, education, and writing. After completing a Fulbright in Indonesia and his MSc in Sociology of Education at Oxford, he worked with several humanitarian non-profits and think tanks, both domestically and abroad, such as the Global Literacy Project and the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy. Thereafter, he developed and led socio-emotional curricula for camps and school programs and has worked as a writer and editor with Applied Sentience, Uncommon Apps, Wyzant, and other platforms.  He currently also works as a clinical social worker.

Writing & Research Mentors

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Adem Carroll

Director of UN Programs, Justice for All, Burma Task Force Team Lead

Adem Carroll is the United Nations Program Director at Justice for All and Team Lead for its program Burma Task Force.  He works to end genocide and promote international law through  partnership building with Burmese groups, human rights and humanitarian organizations, and through advocacy efforts targeting U.S. Congress, U.N. missions and international leaders. He is also the founder and former Executive Director of Muslim Consultative Network (Now Muslim Community Network) in New York City. Mr. Carroll received a Masters degree in Near Eastern Studies at NYU, after completing Peace Corps service in Morocco.

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Vanessa Gomez Brake

Assoc. Dean of Religious & Spiritual Life at USC

Vanessa Gomez Brake started her career in conflict transformation with a focus on inter-religious dialogue and international conflict.  After completing her Masters in Science at George Mason University's - Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, she worked at the Center for World Religions, Diplomacy, & Conflict Resolution, Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service, and the International Abrahamic Family Reunion. She then shifted her focus to inter-religious engagement with young adults in higher education settings. She has worked at in the Offices of Religious & Spiritual Life at both Stanford University and the University of Southern California. Her M.Div studies at the Chicago Theological Seminary focused on chaplaincy, spiritual care and inter-religious engagement.  At USC, she supports nearly a 100 different religious and secular student groups on campus. She holds the distinction of being the first humanist chaplain to serve in the religious life deanship capacity at any American university.

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Dr Mohd Aminul Karim

Professor of International Relations; Retired Lt General

Dr. Karim completed his PhD at the University of Dhaka on Chinese Modernization and a graduate certificate in Conflict Management at the Harvard. He is currently a Dean at Independent University in Bangladesh, where he teaches geopolitics and strategic management. His unique perspective is informed by his extensive military background, from being the Lieutenant General at the National Defense College of Bangladesh to his time as a Military Secretary for the President.  He has published more than a dozen books and chapters, including Chinese Military Modernization: Implications for the Region and Genocide and Geopolitics of the Rohingya Crisis.

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Dr. Michael L. Weitzman

Professor of Pediatrics, Environmental Medicine, & Global Public Health at NYU

Dr. Weitzman is a leading international expert on the social and environmental determinants of child health, and has been pivotal in several significant public health and policy initiatives. After completing his MD at SUNY Upstate Medical University, he received training in health administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship & Public Affairs and health services research at the Harvard School of Public Health. His early pioneering research on lead poisoning led to several major policy shifts and work with the EPA, HUD, and CDC. Later research was central in recognizing the many negative effects of prenatal and childhood second hand smoke, leading to significant work with the Justice Department and FDA. Much other research has focused on groundbreaking work on school lunch programs, obesity, poverty, and access to education for children's wellbeing. He has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific papers on various aspects of child health, more than 100 book chapters, and has edited 5 pediatric textbooks. His many professional honors include being the first recipient of the EPA's Child Environmental Advocate Award and received the 2018 John Howland Award, the single most prestigious award in American Pediatrics..